Me, 9, getting my bobcat Cub Scout badge, 1992 Montgomery, Alabama.

Me, 9, getting my bobcat Cub Scout badge, 1992 Montgomery, Alabama.


Justin Cook is a photographer because he believes that relationships foster a deliberate life. Relationships are the core of intimate storytelling. Relationships create change. 

He lives in Durham, North Carolina, but he’s from here and there and nowhere in particular; if you ask him where he is from, he’ll give you a different answer each time. Elementary school in Montgomery, Alabama made him curious about America's racial chasm. A certain Tar Heel college tried to civilize him to no avail. He cut his teeth at newspapers in Tampa Florida, Flint Michigan and the Virginia mountains. He's an identical twin, and his ADHD is his creative jet fuel.

Justin documents issues that shape the American experience. Editorial and commercial clients are the bulk of his commissions, and he loves working with other entrepreneurs on company branding. If he doesn't have a near impossible task to tackle, he's bound to lose his mind. Otherwise, you can find him reading about astrophysics, writing in the first person, or instagramming his cats at #sprickers.



AARP, The Bitter Southerner, Bronto Software, Communities in Schools of North Carolina, Duke University, Education Week, ESPN, The Ford Foundation, GX Magazine (The National Guard), The Marshall Project, MSNBC, The National Audubon Society, The New York Times, National Public Radio, Our State Magazine, Rotarian Magazine, She Shreds Magazine, The Trace, VICE, The Wall Street Journal, The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and others.


ArtsNow NC

The Bitter Southerner

Crusade for Art





The Kenan Institute



The North Carolina Collection, Durham County Library

Archive of Documentary Arts, David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library - Duke University

The Indie Photobook Library - Washington, D.C.

The Ackland Art Museum - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Sloane Art Library - The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill



© 2005-2017 Justin Cook. Any reproduction without consent is prohibited. Contact me directly for image licensing, commissions or to book me speak to your organization. +1 919-612-6478 or Based in Durham, N.C.