Salt Lake City: The Johnson Company, (c.1896). Boudoir cabinet card. Albumen photograph [12.5 cm x 20.5 cm] on a tan mount [13.5 cm x 21.5 cm] Minor overall wear. Item #4423
View of the Temple Block with the Brigham Young Monument on the Temple grounds just south of the Salt Lake Temple.
Charles Ellis Johnson (1857-1926) was a Mormon photographer known for his work both in Utah and around the world. He grew up in St. George, Utah, and gained an interest in botany and theater. While operating a drug store in Salt Lake City, he started dabbling in photography and opened a photo studio. He photographed actors and actresses at the Salt Lake Theater, including some artistic nudes. He took photos of Utah attractions, and in 1903 traveled through the Ottoman Empire to take photos for the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. In 1917 Johnson moved to San Jose, California where he continued operating a photo studio.
"Johnson was one of the most prolific and enterprising photographers on the Mormon scene. He photographed thousands of people in his modern state-of-the-art studio in Salt Lake City." - Nelson Wadsworth 'Set in Stone Fixed in Glass' (pg. 274).