Akilah Townsend was born on the Southside of Chicago. Akilah was captivated by art, films and music videos at an early age and lacked the resources to pursue her dreams of being an artist as a child. Akilah went on to teach herself photography and film and focused her work in representation. Akilah is a director, photographer and art director based in Chicago, IL

Select clients include Nike, Pepsi, The New York Times, Square, Time Magazine, Jordan Brand, FADER, Insider, Inc Magazine,  Washington Post, and Empire Records, amongst others. 



Supported by Wonderful Machine

Self Portrait - 2020

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