Photographer : Essien Akan aka Piokky


 Essien Akan, a Brooklyn Park­-based photographer who has collaborated with the model since 2016.  Full of color-drenched, iconic, joyous, powerful images of dark-skinned models in a variety of shapes and sizes, Akan’s Instagram feed (@piokky, which boasts 15.3 K followers) makes his artistic vision clear: “Black is beautiful.” The 23-year-old photographer was born and raised in Nigeria before moving to the United States in 2012—”with a bag of dreams and ambition,” he says—to study mechanical engineering at St. Cloud State University. Instead, he got hooked on photography after picking up a camera in 2015, after a friend convinced him to learn how to take professional photos for the style blog he had at the time.

Since then, his work has quickly gained recognition, appearing on BET’s website, The Shade Room, and NYC’s Fashion 360 Magazine, and working with black-owned clothing brands such as California-based Olori Swim, Minneapolis-based brand RuvaAfricWear, and Minneapolis designer Victor Farmah. 


He is the founder of creativepro.co.pages/retouching-workshop

***Read full article on Minnesotamonthly.com 

Contact :
Email :  essienakann@gmail.com 








#💪🏿MVP Black MN 📸 let’s keep celebrating black creatives that contribute in celebrating black beauty. Read full article on Minnesotamonthly.com here is a short info : Essien Akan, a Brooklyn Park­-based photographer who has collaborated with the model since 2016. A recent series depicts Gatwech as a neon-haired, 21st-century take on Grace Jones; yet another was inspired by African royal culture. Full of color-drenched, iconic, joyous, powerful images of dark-skinned models in a variety of shapes and sizes, Akan’s Instagram feed (@piokky, which boasts 12,800 followers) makes his artistic vision clear: “Black is beautiful.” The 23-year-old photographer was born and raised in Nigeria before moving to the United States in 2012—”with a bag of dreams and ambition,” he says—to study mechanical engineering at St. Cloud State University. Instead, he got hooked on photography after picking up a camera in 2015, after a friend convinced him to learn how to take professional photos for the style blog he had at the time. Since then, his work has quickly gained recognition, appearing on BET’s website, The Shade Room, and NYC’s Fashion 360 Magazine, and working with black-owned clothing brands such as California-based Olori Swim, Minneapolis-based brand RuvaAfricWear, and Minneapolis designer Victor Farmah. #blackphotography #blackphotographers #BlackMNphotographer #blackcreatives #younggiftedandblack #minnesota #accolades #blackexcellence✊🏾 #BMBBMC
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