Initially trained as a photographer during his time in the RAF during World War II, John Johns came to New Zealand in 1951. Having trained in forestry in England and Wales after the war, Johns was able to find work as the official photographer for the New Zealand Forest service, a positon he was to hold until 1984, only three years before the Forest Service itself was scrapped, and its functions folded into the newly-formed Department of Conservation. Johns attended workshops held by Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park, and wholeheartedly incorporated Adams’ approach to landscape and nature subjects into his own work. As well as a talented photographer, Johns was an ardent believer in the value of sustainable forestry practices, and his works often have a conservationist message. His works are both beautiful examples of rigorous modernist photographic technique and important documents of New Zealand’s engagement with ecological issues and land management.