|Martin and Osa Johnson in pilot gear during African Flying Safari, 1934-1935. Photo courtesy the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum, www.SafariMuseum.com.|
Their photographs represent one of the great contributions to the pictorial history of the globe providing important ethnological and zoological material. Their legacy is a record of the peoples and animals of remote areas of the world that have long since vanished.
Martin was brave, daring, sincere and epitomized the Kansas values of hard work and resourcefulness. He was a master filmmaker who pioneered wildlife cinematography in some of the most untamed regions of the world. He was also a showman who knew how to fill theaters with audiences eager to see films of his latest adventures.
|Osa Johnson riding a zebra, 1924. Photo courtesy the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum, www.SafariMuseum.com.|
Together, Martin and Osa Johnson were acclaimed filmmakers, photographers and explorers. They authored 20 books, published over 100 articles and produced 35
films.They were Kansas heroes who brought the
adventure and fascination of Africa and the South
Pacific into the homes of millions of Americans.
|Martin and Osa Johnson near Ndoto Mountains enroute to Lake Paradise via camel caravan. Photo courtesy the Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum, www.SafariMuseum.com.|
Osa continued to write books and produce films until her death from heart disease in January of 1953. She was the first person to produce a wildlife series on television. Her Big Game Hunt premiered eight years before Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. She also designed a cutting-edge sports fashion line called Osafari.
The Johnsons are buried in Chanute.
|Lobby poster for Osa Johnson's 1940 Columbia Pictures film |
I MARRIED ADVENTURE. Photo courtesy the Martin and Osa
Johnson Safari Museum, www.SafariMuseum.com.
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