In the Footsteps of the Apostles, 2012
Johnson traveled to several countries to make images that illustrate the tradition and influence of the apostles throughout the Christian world. India’s 27 million Christians credit the Apostle Thomas with bringing Jesus' message there. Adhering to a faith that challenges the Hindu caste system can be risky. In 2008 extreme nationalists killed at least 60 Christians and displaced some 60,000 in the Odisha state.
Here about 50 worshippers gather clandestinely in a small room in a pastor’s home. Johnson hopes that the image not only conveys the current situation in India but also helps viewers understand what the early days of Christianity may have felt like for individuals choosing to convert in the face of threats and persecution.