Born in Oxford, England of Nigerian parents, Akinbode Akinbiyi has been a freelance photographer since 1977, a curator and writer based in Berlin.
His primary photographic focus is large, sprawling megacities.
Wandering and meandering the highways and byways in an attempt to understand and deeply engage with the modern metropolis. He walks and works primarily in and on the four major African cities Lagos, Cairo, Kinshasa and Johannesburg, but also wanders in other major cities, Khartoum, Addis Ababa, Dakar, Bamako, to name some. European, North and South American cities are also serious destinations., so recently Sao Paulo and Chicago in 2019.
Akinbiyi also works as a curator and has given photographic workshops internationally – in Germany, Nigeria, Sudan, Sweden, England, the United States, Greece.
In 2017 he participated in the group show at La Villette, Paris and was one of the artists showing at Documenta 14, which took place in Athens and Kassel. He presented his work titled “Easy like Sunday Morning – North Lawndale” at the Chicago Architecture Biennial in 2019; presented a retrospective exhibition of his work at the Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin, entitled “Six Songs, Swirling Gracefully in the Taut Air” and participated in the FotoFest Biennial in Houston in 2020. Same year, he also exhibited at the Steirischer Herbst, Graz and the Västerås Konstmuseum in Sweden.