James Cook’s professional life includes such diverse roles as professional photographer, journalist, computer programmer, corporate president, board member and lecturer.
It began when he graduated from Southern Illinois University, in the year of the Bi-Centennial, with degrees in both Photojournalism and Journalism. Locating in Denver, he began a career as free-lance photographer, working up the ladder to become a regular contributor to Time, Business Week, Forbes and other magazines worldwide. Along with literally hundreds of Newsweek photo assignments, Cook also wrote and reported for the magazine. Among his advertising and corporate clients are Pepsi, Sony, 3M, Kodak and Minolta.
Early in his photography career Cook began writing software to help him manage his photo business. When other photographers took note and began asking to buy copies, a new business was born. Twenty plus years later,is well known among professional photographers around the world. The company produces a number of software titles oriented to professional photography.
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Cook took an active role in professional photography organizations, particularly the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). From President of the Colorado chapter, Cook was elected to the national Board of Directors and served as the Society’s Secretary. Chairing a variety of committees over the years, he was also Executive Editor of the society’s monthly magazine. He has served as director, advisor and committee member in several trade organizations and art schools.
As photographer, Cook has gained national recognition for his project on. PBS sent a film crew to Wounded Knee, South Dakota to film him at work on a documentary there. Kodak featured Cook and his project in a traveling video seminar for and about professional photographers. Work from this project was chosen for inclusion and display in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institute's National Museum of the American Indian.
A co-founder of, Cook remains a well-known lecturer speaking at regional gatherings throughout the country as well as national conferences in the US and Canada. He addresses professional photographers on such topics as the art of photography, best business practices, the role of computers, the internet and how they all come together.
Cook now lives in the beautiful resort town of, Michigan, just a mile from Lake Michigan, with his wife, Kat and their bearded collie. For recreation he works on his property, bicycles and hikes the woods and dunes of the area, almost always with a camera.
Cook is available as tutor, lecturer and teacher on an individual or group basis.