Townly Cooke was born in Greenwich, South London. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, Middlesex University (film and video), and at Goldsmiths College University of London (Art Teacher's Course).
His work has been exhibited widely including at the Serpentine Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, Cameraworks, Woodlands Art Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, Lewisham Arthouse Gallery, the Celeste Art Prize in London, and at Photokina in Cologne.
Commissions have included the Tottenham Historical Society, Trinity Laban Conservertoire of Music and Dance, Apprentice Bargees, Smithfield Meat Market and Swan Upping for the Museum in Docklands.
In 2018, ninety-six of his photographs were acquired by the Museum of London.
© Photograph by Alison Day