contact and about
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kevincookphoto at gmail com
I grew up in Mayfair, a working class neighborhood in Northeast Philadelphia. Through my experiences in Philly I’ve become interested in using my camera to work on long term documentary photography projects that explore interesting communities, underreported neighborhoods and social issues in my hometown.
I’m most proud of being able to connect with the people I’ve photographed. I love being able to use photography as a tool to meet and understand people. My "subjects" are wonderful people who have shared their lives with me. I hope to give everyone a voice and give everyone a way to see and understand the world around them.
I've shot freelance work for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Philadelphia Inquirer. I have my Master’s degree in Photojournalism from the University of Missouri and I graduated from Temple University with two Bachelor's.
I've been fortunate enough to have had my photographs recognized in the Inaugural Getty Images/Instagram grant, the College Photographer of the Year Competition, the Missouri and Pennsylvania Press Association and by the Society of Professional Journalists. I attended the Eddie Adams Workshop and Instagram added me on their Emerging Photojournalist list. Lastly, I am the Curator of A Photographic Survey of Philadelphia. This project featured 17 Philadelphia-based photographers who documented the entire city. The final product resulted in an expansive look into everyday Philadelphia with a gallery exhibition and a book.
I am also passionate about giving back to the next generation of visual artists and photographers. I have taught intro and advanced film and digital photography classes at the High School and College level.
I have a fat, white cat named Aperture. She’s definitely gained a few stops since I adopted her.