The Perfect Gift is a photographic narrative of living and deceased organ donors and transplant recipients designed to empower, educate, and increase organ, eye, and tissue donation in the African American community. Author and photographer, Johnny Crawford conceived and created the photo series to depict heartwarming stories, shed light on the importance of giving the gift of life as an organ donor, and highlight transplant patients who received a second chance thanks to organ donation. The catalyst for this project was Johnny’s own connection to organ and tissue donation and transplantation - received a lifesaving kidney transplant in 1993.
In addition to installing the photo series at museums, libraries, and other venues across the state of Georgia, a companion book serves as a take-away educational component, identifying statistical data surrounding the need of African American donors alongside Johnny's real-life photos of organ donors, donor families, and recipients.
Bobby Howard, Director of the Multicultural Donation Education Program (MDEP) at LifeLink® of Georgia, and a kidney transplant recipient himself, is featured in The Perfect Gift. "This project shows how the African American community in Georgia has accepted donation and transplantation as we honor those who have given and received the Gift of Life,” said Bobby.
“The Perfect Gift” has been featured at the Tubman Museum in Macon, Albany State University in Albany, Four Dekalb County Libraries and Lucy Laney Museum in Augusta. Venues interested in hosting “The Perfect Gift” portrait exhibit should click here for more information!