Click to preview Scoop: Chasing Chicago for the Front Page. photo book

Chicago photojournalist and suburban newspaper publisher Elmer Johnson had equal parts ink, sweat, and developer pulsing through his veins...the resulting work is in this book.

With photographic work that spans from the 1930's to the 1960's, Elmer arguably rivaled New York photographer Weegee in his artfully capturing of the death and destruction inherent in photographing the news.

While, on the other hand, Elmer deftly reflected the everyday people and places that he reached with his newspaper.

This book tells his story with his photography, as well as, telling the stories behind some of the photographs. This is a book about Chicago and its suburbs, the glory days of newspapers, a family, a man, and his passion and talent for photography.

A WGN-TV News story about the Johnson legacy of photography is available at:,0,2755945.story
An interview with Jeffery C. Johnson concerning this book is available at:

A National Library Week selection at the Brookfield Public Library in Brookfield, IL..

"The Johnson's have 80 years of Chicago stories to share."
-WGN-TV News, Chicago

"What an extraordinary set of photographic landmarks in Chicago history. It is remarkable where he was when things were happening.
Nice compositions too."
-Central Camera Co., Chicago (est. 1899)

"This is a stunning collection of photographs---
proof that the suburbs can be as full of life and death
and absurdity and joy as the big city, so long as somebody
with a great eye for detail is watching."
-Mark Athitakis, author of "Lyons"

"A book of photographic images that contain varying degrees of emotional power and insight that engage the viewer."
-Riverside-Brookfield Landmark Newspaper


About the Author

jefferycjohn Chicago

Jeffery C. Johnson is a 3rd generation photographer who has exhibited his work throughout Chicago and its suburbs, has had work published in many publications both in print and online, and has been selling his work in stores around the city to people from all over the world.

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