“I have a passion for photography,” said Walker, a sales associate with Harry Norman Realtors. Walker also owns Johnny Walker Photography, offering professional photography services.
Walker estimates that he has 300,000 to 400,000 pictures, mostly of Marietta. For 20 years, he accumulated pictures that he has taken as well as others received from family.
“It’s incredibly important to preserve the past. People like photography and the history of Marietta. People enjoy learning about old and new,” he said.
Walker, whose parents are Totsy and Johnny McCollum Walker Sr. (nicknamed Johnny Mack), has strong roots in Marietta. His grandfather, Johnny S. Walker, moved to Marietta in the early 1920s from Raleigh, N.C. He was the manager of a 5-and-dime store.
With the help of financial backers, in 1924 Walker’s grandfather opened Johnny Walker Clothing Store on the Marietta Square where it stayed for 69 years. Vineyard Café & Gift Shop, next to dk Gallery now sits at the site. He also opened stores in Cumberland Mall, Town & Country Shopping Center, Cobb Center and Atlanta Hilton Hotel.
Walker compiled the picture documentary that depicts Marietta “then and now.” He presents the show to different groups such as retirement communities, senior centers and garden clubs.
“People get to see pictures they’ve never seen before. I tell a story about Marietta,” said Walker who lives in Marietta with his wife, Kim, and stepdaughter, Patton.
Some of the pictures in the presentation include his family clothing store and other businesses and events on the Marietta Square. These include the old auditorium at Marietta High School where Walker graduated in 1978, the new MHS auditorium being built, fireworks on July 4 and various homes.
“(The presentation) is a way for people to learn more about their community. If you weren’t from Marietta, you would enjoy it, too,” Walker said.
Walker was 13 years old when he earned enough money to buy his first camera by working a summer job at the Cobb County Library.
“I always loved photography. It’s worthy to keep these pictures for future generations to enjoy,” Walker said.
For more information, contact Walker at (404) 993-9750 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.