Johanna King

Ireland and Dublin are home to documentary family photographer Johanna King
Photo by: 
Typhanie Piton

Johanna King

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When I was around ten years old, I used to ask myself what I would do if the house suddenly went on fire. I had it all figured out: I would get up from my bed (for some reason, I was always in my bedroom in this scenario), take all the photo albums on my shelf, open the window, throw them as far as possible and climb down after them (I was on the first floor but could easily drop down without breaking a leg). If I had time I would also save all my journals and letters, but they would always come second.

Back then, I had already understood what was replaceable and what wasn’t. Money could be earned again. Books and toys could be purchased again. However, the photographs of my childhood weren’t. They were my more valuable belonging, and a fire was my most feared nightmare.

Thankfully, I never had to put my master plan into action and my photo albums are still sitting on that very same shelf in my parents’ house. A most reasonable plan would be to repatriate them to Ireland on our next ferry trip. To this day, they are still one of my most valuable belonging. Technology means that I have digital versions of those precious memories but I would much rather show the physical prints to my daughter.

My goal today is to keep our life documented for her to have very precious photo albums she’ll imagine saving from a fire.

I want my clients' children to have photographs worth saving from a fire.

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I am a French photographer who has been living in Dublin for 10 years. I travel regularly to France and would love to hear from you if you're in Paris, Region Centre, Nice, or if you'd like to fly me to your destination.