Photographer & Community Activist


Media Coverage

Tonika’s "Everyday #Englewood," photo "Her Name is Yoshi," (16x20, edition 3/10) will be included in Filter Photo’s annual Cocktail Reception & Print Raffle fundraiser, Thursday, April 19th at The Boarding House. To attend, purchase tickets at

March 1, 2018 National Geographic Tonika Johnson’s photo from her "Everyday Rituals," Englewood-based photography project was featured in National Geographic’s article about MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora

January 24, 2018 The JAM TV

Tonika Johnson’s photography of Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood are included in the historic and groundbreaking book, MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora that features 118 photographers from across the globe.

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)