Derek Johnston is a Professor and Program Director of Professional Photography at the Isaacson School for New Media at Colorado Mountain College. His fine art landscape work has been exhibited and collected throughout the United States including the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago, IL.
He has been honored with a Colorado Council on the Arts Grant in Visual Arts and is included in the critically acclaimed anthology, Photography’s Multiple Roles: Art, Market, Document, Science, published by the Museum of Contemporary Photography.
With his Fourteener project Derek took on the arduous task of photographing all of Colorado’s fourteen thousand foot peaks and was produced primarily with a 4×5 view camera and black and white film. A sense of idealism and commitment to revealing more than just the geography of these majestic mountains resulted in over two decades of climbing and photographing. Working in all seasons with extremely variable weather conditions, Derek has spent countless days upon end in high places waiting for the perfect combinations of light and weather.