Luke Townsend is a street and cultural documentary photographer currently based in Manhattan, Kansas. 

Select clients include New York Magazine, Macy's, Women's Day Magazine, James Beard Foundation, Tricycle Magazine, Huffington Post, Manhattan Magazine, Kansas Magazine, Tiffany & Co., and The Daily Front Row.

Luke's recent bodies of work include 'Tibet's Rangzen Warriors,' a Portrait essay, shot on the streets with a mobile studio during protest rallies, highlighting the Tibetan Freedom Fighters of New York City to help raise awareness and inspire change for the issues happening inside Tibet, and 'Lost-New York in Colour,' an ongoing series of images made on the streets of New York City.  

Luke just returned from traveling through out India and Nepal photographing Losar, the Tibetan New Year, and is producing a second trip to Nepal to document the lives of impoverished children from the poorest districts who are sent to live as monks, in the only Jonang monastery in Nepal, under the guidance of His Holiness Tashi Gyaltsan Rinpoche.

Townsend is available for all assignments.


2017 - Solo Show "LOST-India & Nepal" - The Fellow Gallery

2008 - Group Show “Destruction Framed: Photographs of the Chapman/Manhattan Tornado”  - Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art      *Permanent Collection