Esther Johnson

Esther Johnson (MA Royal Collage of Art, BA University of London) is an artist and filmmaker whose research practice explores documentary portraiture through moving image, audio and photography. Her work reveals resonant stories of the everyday that may otherwise be hidden or ignored. Recurring themes include personal histories, heritage, tradition, architectural vernacular and precarious futures. Her work has been exhibited internationally including Tate Modern; Tate Britain; BFI; IDFA; LFF; ICA; NASA; Istanbul Biennial and on Channel 4 and BBC television and radio. She has written for several arts publications, is an independent film/video curator and former Director and Curator of Hull Film. In addition Johnson is Reader in Media Arts at Sheffield Institute of Arts, Sheffield Hallam University, UK and in 2012 she won the Philip Leverhulme Prize in Performing and Visual Arts for young scholars.


Study in Light and Form 1 & 2

2008, 02:00 minutes

Highway Home

2008, 03:00 minutes, colour, English


2007, 15:30 minutes, colour, English


2007, 15:02 minutes, colour, English

Tune In

2006, 14:16 minutes, colour, English

Point and Shoot

2006, 01:00 minutes, B&W, English


2005, 04:53 minutes, colour, English

A Street Named Humber

2004, 16:15 minutes, colour, English


2004, 10:00 minutes, Colour, English


2003, 09:00 minutes


2003, 01:46 minutes, B&W


2002, 12:00 minutes, B&W, English

To a Notebook

2001, 01:35 minutes, B&W