Crystal Anokam


A curious storyteller.

Crystal Anokam (b. 1996) is a photographer, writer and public health professional based in Philadelphia.

Anokam's photography journey began in high school, when her parents gifted her a point-and-shoot camera. Since then, she has been documenting everyday people, places and spaces through digital and film photography. 

Her photographs are open conversations. She enjoys the process of making photos and her curiosity about life inspires her work. As an artist, it’s about being both, a photographer and a storyteller. Capturing portraits of people, especially with film, has taught Anokam the importance of being intentional behind what she creates. 

Anokam's work revolves around themes of blackness, identity and comm(unity). She is focused on fusing her love for public health and visual arts in order to cross-borders and bridge people and communities together to inspire change. People are the foundation of her photographs, because she believes we are the sum of our life experiences. Our stories are worthy to be shared with others, and our differences are what make us both unique and similar. For her, art is a way to share authentic narratives that transcend time, connect with people and move culture forward.

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Contributor, OneTribeMag (July 2018 - present)

Photo/Video Studio Assistant, LKY Studios (July 2019 - December 2019)

Production Assistant, Melanin Unscripted (June 2017 - July 2019)

Intern, Dotun Ayodeji Photography (Summer 2015)


Campus Curls, Brand Like A Girl Panel. Temple University. (2018)

Group Shows


Come N Meet A Photographer. IN2THELENS Photography. Philadelphia.


ArtWell Collective Teaching Artist Show. Philadelphia.

NOM•I•NAL Art Show. Philadelphia.

Phenomenal Women in Philly, Only Elite Matters. Philadelphia.


Artist of Color Pop-Up Show. Philadelphia.

Funeral II. Only Elite Matters. Philadelphia.

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