James Cook is cofounder of the
Saugatuck Photographic Workshops.
James Cook has never in his entire life worked for anyone but himself. Born in Wisconsin, Jim grew up in the Boston and Washington D.C. areas. He developed his early passion for photography through a formal education in the subject from Southern Illinois University.
By the mid 1980's Jim was hard at work in Denver as a freelance photographer, starting with the Associated Press and subsequently published hundreds of times in the world's most prestigious publications including Time, Newsweek, Business Week, Forbes, US. News & World Report, Nation's Business, CFO, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times
Jim's photo documentary project on Native Americans was featured in a nationally broadcast PBS special on contemporary photographers. Recently, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C. purchased some of his Native American photographs for their permanent collection and display at the George Gustav Heye Center in New York and in the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.
Jim is also an accomplished computer programmer credited with the successful development of one of the first business software programs specifically designed for professional photographers. As founder and CEO of HindSight, Ltd., Jim authored many well-known software programs utilized by thousands of professional photographers and corporations worldwide.
Jim has served on the National Board of Directors of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP). He has been called on to testify before a United States Senate subcommittee as an expert on photographic copyright issues and is a recognized authority on the role of computers in photography. As a popular instructor for the American Society of Media Photographers, Jim taught numerous workshops for professionals.
Many of Jim's photographs are available for viewing on his website.
Together with his wife, Kat and their Bearded Collie, Manannan, Jim now lives in the beautiful resort town of Saugatuck, Michigan.