The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2006 - B.A., Journalism and Mass Communication, Photojournalism. 



The INDY Week - Durham, N.C., Staff Photographer, 07/2013-04/2015

Justin Cook Documentary Photography, INC - Durham, N.C., Founder, 01/2011-Present

The Roanoke Times - Christiansburg, Virginia, Staff Photographer, 10/07-12/2010

The Flint Journal - Flint, Michigan, Photography Intern, 5/07-09/07

The Tampa Bay Times - Tampa, Florida, Photography Intern/Staff Photographer,  9/06-4/07

The Dallas Morning News - Dallas, Texas., Photography Intern, 6/06-8/06



AARP, The Bitter Southerner, Børsen (Denmark), Bronto Software, Business North Carolina, ChannelAdvisor, The Chronicle of Higher Education, CNN, Communities in Schools of North Carolina, Criminal (podcast), Drew University, Duke University, Durham's Partnership for Children, East Coast Greenway Alliance, Eat Smart Move More Weigh Less NC, Education Week, ESPN, The Ford Foundation, Getty/Verbatim, GX Magazine (The National Guard), The GuardianThe INDY Week (Durham, N.C.), The KIPP Foundation, The Marshall Project,, The National Audubon Society, N.C. State Alumni Magazine, The New York Times, National Public Radio, Our State Magazine (N.C.), Oxford American, RESPONSE Magazine (Seattle Pacific University), Rotarian Magazine, The San Francisco Chronicle, She Shreds Magazine, Slate, STAT News, Strayer University, The Sun (UK), The Tampa Bay Times, The Trace, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UNC Health Care, VICE, The Wall Street Journal, Walter Magazine, WUNC, The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation and others.



2018 American Photography 34

2016 John Gutmann Photography Fellowship nominee

2015 Magenta Flash Forward

2014 North Carolina Press Photographers Association POY, First Place, Portrait

2014-2015 Durham Arts Council Ella Fountain Pratt Emerging Artist Grant

2014 Photolucida Critical Mass Finalist

2014 Southern Documentary Fund Fiscal Sponsorship - Made in Durham

2014 Puffin Foundation Artist Grant

2014 Flash Powder Projects Selection

2014 The New York Times Portfolio Review selection

2013 North Carolina Press Photographers Association POY, Honorable Mention, Feature

2013 North Carolina Press Association, First Place Multiple Photo Page

2012 North Carolina Press Photographers Association POY, First Place, Multimedia

2010 Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award Best Breaking News Photo

2007 Eddie Adams Workshop XX, Jeffersonville, NY, Brown Team



2019 Beyond Despair, The National Humanities Center; panel discussion about my sea level rise work Tide and Time.

2018 This Land is Your Land Artist Talk, The Mothership, Durham, N.C.

2016 Artist Talk with Chris Vitiello, The Carrack Modern Art, Durham, N.C.

2016 36 Hours at Duke - Inequality Stories, Joe's Diner, Durham, N.C.

2016 Documenting Durham Panel - CDS, Durham, N.C.

2016 UNC Durham Voice, Chapel Hill, N.C.

2015-2016 UNC Copyright and Art Law classes, Chapel Hill, N.C.

2015 Duke University Divinity School, Durham, N.C.

2015 Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy, Durham, N.C.

2015-2016 The Religious Coalition for a Nonviolent Durham annual fundraiser, Durham, N.C.

2015 The Image Deconstructed Workshop, Chapel Hill, N.C.

2015 UNC Copyright Forum at Carroll Hall, UNC Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C.

2015 HANDS UP, panelist, Common Ground Theatre, Durham, N.C.

2014 Duke University Sanford School of Public Policy, Durham, N.C.

2014 Bring Your Own Photo and Video, Durham, N.C.

2014 The Image Deconstructed Workshop, Chapel Hill, N.C.

2014 The Southern Shortcourse, Charlotte, N.C.

2013 The Image Deconstructed Workshop, Chapel Hill, N.C.

2012 UNC Photonight, Chapel Hill, N.C.

2011-2012 UNC NPPA Portfolio reviews, Chapel Hill, N.C.

2009-2011 Carolina Photojournalism Workshops, North Carolina

2010 Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

2005 UNC Photonight, Chapel Hill, N.C.



2019 Beyond Despair - The National Humanities Center; Beyond Despair: An Environmental Art Exhibition; group exhibition featuring select prints from my sea level rise work Tide and Time.

2019 Durham 150 - The Durham Arts Council, Durham, NC; Portraits of Durham, group exhibit.

2017 CLICK! Triangle Photography Festival - The Scrap Exchange, Durham, NC; Where We Find Home: Recent Southern Photography, curated group exhibition by Jeremy Lange.

2017 Voyager - Mercury Studio, Durham, N.C.

2016 Photoville Container Exhibit - Dumbo, Brooklyn, New York City 2016; America, Point Blank group exhibit, curated by Fovea, examining the current state of America's gun culture and its affects on its citizens.

2015 Durham Under Development - Pleiades Gallery Durham, N.C.; February 2016, community juried group exhibition documenting change and gentrification in Durham.

2015 The Durham Storefront Project - MADE IN DURHAM: THE VIGIL - Golden Belt, Durham, N.C; October-November 2015, wheat pasting of 9x6 foot images and a public homicide vigil.

2015 CLICK! Triangle Photography Festival - MADE IN DURHAM - Through This Lens Gallery, Durham, N.C.; October-November 2015, group exhibition. 

2015 CLICK! Triangle Photography Festival - MADE IN DURHAM - FRANK Gallery, Chapel Hill, N.C.; October-November 2015, group exhibition. 

2014 Shenandoah Valley Photo Annual - Shenandoah Valley Arts Center, Waynesboro, Va.; December 2014, juried group exhibition. 

2012 The Durham Storefront Project - Commitment NC, displayed at the Self Help building, Durham, N.C.; April-May 2012. Juried group exhibition. The Durham Storefront Project organizes installation series in underutilized spaces in downtown Durham

2012 Commitment NC and Love For All - Cherish NC Families Night Dos Perros Restaurant, Durham, N.C.; March 2012, group exhibition.

2011 Moments in Time: Roanoke Times 125th Anniversary Photo Exhibit Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Va.; September 2011-January 2012, group exhibition.

2008 Picturing the World: Carolina’s Celebrated Photojournalists Ackland Art Museum Exhibition, UNC Chapel Hill; January 2008-March 2008, group exhibition.



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



2018, Magenta Flash Forward Flashback "Made in Durham" by Laurence Butet-Roch

2018, Criminal Podcast "The Mothers" by Phoebe Judge, Lauren Spohrer and Nadia Wilson

2017, The Wall Street Journal "2017 The Year in Photos" (March)

2017, Education Week Full Frame "Education Week's Photos of The Year 2017" by Charlie Borst

2016, PDN “Education Week DOP Charlie Borst on Finding and Hiring Photographers” by David Walker

2016, ArtsNow NC "Refuse to forget: Justin Cook Photographs the ‘Other’ Durham" by Chris Vitiello

2016, Philadelphia Groundswell - "Intention and Ethics in Art Making: an Interview With Justin Cook" by Amy Scheidegger

2016, PDN Photo of the Day - "Justice, Made in Durham" by Rebecca Robertson

2016, Mercury Studio - "Member Interview: Justin Cook" by Megan Jones

2016, Education Week Full Frame "Education Week's Photos of The Year 2016" by Kristen McNicholas

2016, UNC-TV "Joslin Simms & Justin Cook | NC Now" by Carol Jackson and Mike Oniffery

2016, PDN END FRAME "Scene of the Crime: Brian Cassella on Justin Cook" By David Walker

2015, Education Week Full Frame "Education Week's Photos of The Year 2015" by Charlie Borst

2015, WNCN “Photo project shows pain and perseverance in Durham” by Justin Quesinberry 

2015, Durham Voice “Photo display brings attention to gun violence victims” by Danny Nett

2015, WUNC "The Lesser-Known Durham" by Hady Mawajdeh and Frank Stasio

2015, The Kenan Institute for Ethics at Duke University "Made in Durham" by Michaela Dwyer

2015, The Bitter Southerner “Made in Durham” by Justin Cook and Joslin Simms

2015, WNCN "Mother 'Destroyed' by Son's Murder Finds Comfort in Durham Photo Project" by Justin Quesinberry 

2014, NPPA “NPPA Member Justin Cook Reaches Agreement with UNC” by Donald Winslow

2014, Dvafoto “UNC Steals Photographer’s Work...” by Scott Brauer

2014, Crusade for Art “Developing: A Case Study in Copyright and Image Misuse” by Jennifer Schwartz

2014, Feature Shoot “Powerful Photo Series Examines Post-Tobacco Era Durham, NC” by Alyssa Coppelman

2014, Oxford American “Eyes on the South: Justin Cook’s Made in Durham” by Jeff Rich 

2014, Slate Magazine Behold Blog “Struggle and Hope in Durham, N.C.” by Jordan Teicher

2013, Education Week Full Frame, "Education Week's Photos of 2013" by Swikar Patel

2013, NPPA “The Image Deconstructed: Why do you do what you do?” by Devin Greaney

2012, CNN InAmerica Blog “Same-sex couples in North Carolina prepare for marriage vote” by Stephanie Siek

2012, CNN Photo Blog “Commitment project focuses on long-term gay couples” by Elizabeth I. Johnson

2011, The Image Deconstructed “Spotlight on Justin Cook” by Ross Taylor


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