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The son of the chief photographer at the Philadelphia Inquirer in the 1940s and 1950s, Frank Johnston counted newspaper photographers as his childhood playmates and the darkroom his playground. "As a kid, I used to run around the darkrooms harassing all of the photographers as they came in from their assignments," recalls Johnston. In 1963, Johnston landed his first job as staff photographer with UPI, where he covered President Kennedy's assassination and Lee Harvey Oswald's shooting. As U.S. involvement in Vietnam escalated, Johnston volunteered to cover the ground war. Since joining The Post in 1968, he has covered the Watergate scandal, the People's Temple tragedy in Jonestown, Guyana, and the fall of the Berlin Wall. A three-time winner of the White House News Photographers' Photographer of the Year Award, Johnston is the co-author of "The Working White House" and "Jonestown Massacre."