Krisanne Johnson
Krisanne Johnson
Krisanne Johnson
I Love You Real Fast
Coming of age for Swazi girls is tough. A tiny African nation of one million, Swaziland is ruled by one of the world’s last remaining absolute monarchies. Its age-old tradition of polygamy and its relaxed attitude toward sexuality have met in a devastating combination for women. Svaziland has the highest percentage of HIV-positive prevalence in the world, with women aged 15 to 29 being affected most. Since 2006, Johnson is covering the coming of age rites of young women living amid this spreading HIV/AIDS disease:
“Working on I Love You Real Fast has made me see that girls here are constantly on the verge––of giving birth to burying best friends, of finding love to fighting for life alone, stigmatized and heartbroken. “
Over 5 years, the progression of her work has moved from traditional rites of passage to modern youth culture and to an intimate look inside the homes of HIV-positive women.
She graduated with a degree in journalism from the University of Colorado and pursued postgraduate work in visual communications at Ohio University. She is currently based in Brooklyn, NY.
Since 2006, Krisanne has been working on long-term personal projects about young women and HIV/AIDS in Swaziland and South Africa's post-apartheid youth culture.
Her work has been accepted by World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year International and the Best of Photojournalism. Also she was supported by W. Eugene Smith Fellowship for Humanistic Photography, Getty Images Grant for Editorial Photography and Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund Grant for her work about Swaziland.