Justin Maxon (1983) was born and raised in a number of small towns in the woods of northern California, where he grew up part-time on the Hoopa Valley Indian Reservation. He attended school at San Francisco State University for Journalism. As a photographer, writer, and film maker, he is committed to working on projects that reveal different variables of truth in humanities conflicted existence, and incorporate various artistic forms and expressions.
He has received numerous awards for his photography, from competitions UNICEF Images of the Year, and American Photo. He has won two 1st place awards from World Press Photo. He won the Deeper Perspective Photographer of the Year at the 2008 Lucie Awards; the same year he was named one of PDN’s 30 Photographers to Watch. He was selected to participate in World Press Photo’s 2010 Joop Swart Masterclass. He received the 2011 Cliff Edom “New America Award” from NPPA. He was also selected as one of Magenta’s 2012 Flash Forward Emerging Photographers.
His nine-year project in Chester PA, has received grants from the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund, Visura, the Reminders Stronghold, the Alexia Foundation for World Peace, and the Aaron Siskind Foundation. He was selected by Blue Earth Alliance for their fiscal sponsorship.
He has worked on feature and cover stories for publications such as TIME, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, MSNBC, Mother Jones Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, Fast Company, Fader Magazine, The New York Times, and NPR.