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

He was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in 1983, but he’s really from here and there and nowhere in particular. As a child he and his identical twin moved frequently around the American south and midwest and, as a result, he had to learn how to make new friends easily. He’s good at talking with strangers and connecting with new people.

After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications, he cut his teeth at newspapers in Tampa Florida, Flint Michigan and the Virginia mountains. Today he lives in Durham, North Carolina, a scrappy city he fell in love with while in college.

Justin documents issues that shape the American experience, and works with editorial and commercial clients, locally and nationally. His work has been honored by The Magenta Foundation, Photolucida, POYi, The Society of Professional Journalists, American Photography, and funded by The Puffin Foundation and The Durham Arts Council. 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 


Justin Cook
P.O. Box 2541
Durham, N.C. 27715
+1 919 612 6478  


AARP, The Bitter Southerner, Bronto Software, ChannelAdvisor, Duke University, Education Week, ESPN, The Guardian, @mynameisjessamyn (Jessamyn Stanley), The Marshall Project, MSNBC, The National Audubon Society, The New York Times, National Public Radio, Our State Magazine, Rotarian 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


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

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

© 2005-2018 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 cook.justin@gmail.com. Based in Durham, N.C.