Justin Cook is based in Durham, North Carolina, but works everywhere. His long-term photographic essays tell stories about resiliency in communities living along the edges in America, often by focusing on environmental issues and climate change. He believes storytelling that not only shines a light on these issues, but also investigates solutions, is crucial to social change.
Cook is a 2006 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication. His work has been funded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Connected Coastlines Initiative, the North Carolina Arts Council, the Puffin Foundation, and honored by the Magenta Foundation, Photolucida, POYi, the Society of Professional Journalists, and American Photography. When he is not making photographs, you can find him reading about astrophysics, hunting for fossilized shark teeth, and writing in the first person.
Presented by The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Solastalgia documents the relationship between people and their environments, focusing on the distress caused by a changing climate. It reveals the threats to our planet that affect us all — from Indigenous communities in the Amazon and alpaca farmers in Peru, to the Arctic and the United States.Learn More