About Cody

Cody Ellingham is a photographer and creative director best known for his ongoing project, DERIVE, exploring the world’s nocturnal cities.

Ellingham’s passion for exploration began in rural New Zealand where he grew up wandering the mountains and countryside of his home town, but it was after moving to the cyberpunk megacity of Tokyo that his wanderlust and art first found form.

Along with being a nightcrawler, Ellingham has worked as a designer, commercial art director and photographer for a range of projects from Tokyo to Shanghai over the last five years, including art wall murals, multi-media photogrammetry installations, film and video productions, and creative workshops.

Ellingham has created a prolific body of work in his emerging career. His first photobook, DANCHI DREAMS, was successfully crowd-funded over 250% on Kickstarter and published in 2018 to a global audience, and he has recently published his second photobook BANGKOK PHOSPHORS.

Ellingham’s work has been featured by CNN, CityLab by the Atlantic, The Guardian, and Wired, and others.

Photobooks & Magazine Project

DERIVE Wanderer Zine
Danchi Dreams
Bangkok Phosphors


CNN – The Tokyo Effect
Alpha Bravo – One Night in Bangkok
Collective Podcast with Ash Thorp
Radio NZ National Programme
The Guardian – Capturing east Asian megacities
Silk Road Magazine – Cathay Pacific

Public Speaking & Lectures

Pecha Kucha Night, Tokyo
Tokyo Camera Club / Sony Alpha Universe

Victoria University of Wellington
University of Auckland
KMIT University, Bangkok 

Work with DERIVE and Cody Ellingham

Available for photography, art direction, commissioned projects, and collaborations.

Ellingham has art directed and designed a range of photographic and creative projects with high aesthetic and brand value.

Please get in touch with your project here.

Images & Licensing

Please see my licensing page for further information on using my images for print and digital projects.