Photographer & Community Activist


Media Coverage

January 24, 2018 The JAM TV

With her exhibit Everyday Rituals: Bridging the Black Secular and Divine, Chicago based photographer Tonika Johnson aims to subvert the national narrative of the Englewood community as a crime riddled war zone. Johnson believes that Black culture has always been reflected in everyday things like going to the barbershop or preparing food, but outsiders don’t always see it that way. Tonika Johnson spoke with Jesse Menendez about how ‘Everyday Rituals’ captures the beauty of regular life in Englewood. The Morning AMp airs M-F 8-10 AM on 91.1 FM (CHI) / 89.5 FM (NWI) and streaming at

VOCALO: In our monthly ongoing series, This Is What Chicago Sounds Like, we feature voices and people who contribute to our city’s rich cultural diversity. In this episode we highlight photographer and creator of the Everyday Rituals exhibition, Tonika Johnson.

WTTW Chicago Tonight (July 10, 2017)

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1st Annual Englewood Art Fair (Oct. 2016)