Justin Maxon (1983) was born in a small town in the woods of northern California.
While attending journalism school at San Francisco State, he began exploring projects that held greater social implications. His desire now is to reveal different variables of truth in humanities conflicted existence.
He has received numerous awards for his photography, from competitions like World Press Photo, UNICEF Images of the Year, and POYi. 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. In addition, he has received grants from the Magnum Foundation Emergency Fund, FotoVisura, the Alexia Foundation for World Peace, and the Aaron Siskind Foundation,
He has worked on feature stories for publications such as TIME, Rolling Stone, Newsweek, Mother Jones Magazine, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fader Magazine, The New York Times, and NPR.
He has lectured and been invited to give workshops throughout the world including the New York Photo Festival, the opening of the 2009 World Press Awards and recently spent 2 weeks lecturing and giving workshops in South Africa sponsored by the US State Department.
Exhibitions of his work have been shown in Venzuela, London, Bermuda, San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Singapore, Bangladesh, Poland, and Slovenia, Cambodia, and Istanbul.