Akintunde Akinleye

About the Speaker

Featured artist Akintunde Akinleye is an award-winning photojournalist whose pictures center on photo-activism and narrative subjects. His photography has traversed the turbulent times in Nigeria’s post-colonial history and reflects the nation’s undulating fortune. A 2015 New York Times article noted that his work brings "kinetic landscapes to life". The first Nigerian photographer to receive the prestigious World Press Photo prize in 2007, Akinleye received the National Geographic All Roads Award in 2008, and his work been published in TIME, Vogue and The New York Times. Akinleye worked for Reuters news agency for 13 years before leaving journalism to pursue his academic career. He is currently conducting PhD research in anthropology, specializing in African Studies with a focus on the complexities of framing, visual material culture, and representation of Yoruba oracular religion at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada.