Ron Johnson was born in Stamford, Connecticut, and raised in Austin, Texas. His interest in photography began in the 1950s and won him awards in the 1970s while stationed in Germany. His work began in earnest in the late 1980s with the advent of computerized digital negative processing. His work has been shown the University of Texas, Texas Tech University, the Daugherty Arts Center in Austin, and at Art City Austin 2009. He publishes his images and thoughts on photographic art and philosophy on his website, violetcrownphotographs.com.