Michael Johnson

Full name

Michael Johnson

Presence at Shimer



Mount Carroll period alum

Michael Johnson is photographer and tree farmer in Mount Carroll, and a former student of Shimer College, which he exited in 1969. He had previously also studied at DePauw University.


  • Michael Johnson Photography
  • in the Chicago Reader, 2007
    When the government established a draft lottery in 1969 and Johnson pulled a high number that put him at little risk of being called up, he dropped out of Shimer and headed to Chicago to get a commercial photography career going. But the Driftless Area stayed on his mind, and in the early 1970s he moved back to Mount Carroll, though he continued working for Chicago clients. By 1973 he'd bought 40 acres of timber four miles outside of town.

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