Joe Brook

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Joe Brook
OccupationSkateboarding photographer
Years active1990–present

Joe Brook (born 1972) is an American photographer.[1][2][3] He has been a Staff Photographer for Thrasher Magazine for over 20 years.[4][5][6][7]

Early life & education[edit]

Brook grew up skateboarding in Detroit and moved to San Francisco at the end of high school with $500, a duffel bag, and a skateboard.[8] Soon after arriving to the city, He moved into 824 Hyde St. an unofficial San Francisco skate hostel where Brook would live for 15 years.[8][9]

While living in San Francisco, Brook took photo classes at City College of San Francisco and spent time skating with acclaimed local skate filmers and photographers including Aaron Meza, Gabe Morford, Bryce Kanights, and Dave Metty.[3]

Photography career[edit]

Brook was introduced to photographer and magazine editor Lance Dawes by Aaron Meza, while Brook also became friends with Mark Whiteley from the local SF skate scene.[3] After a few years of learning the craft, Brook began contributing to Slap magazine, run by Dawes and Whiteley.[3] When Dawes announced he was moving to Los Angeles and leaving his role at Slap, Dawes and Whiteley asked Brook if he wanted to be a photo editor and photographer for Slap.[3]

Brook has photographed skateboarding for over 30 years, working for magazines including Slap, Thrasher, and Juxtapoz.[10][11]

Brook drives a van painted with an American flag called 'Big Blue' which he has crossed America many times in.[12][13] In 2011, éS released a Joe Brook colorway of their Square Two Fusion shoe to honor his contributions to skateboarding.[14]

In 2016, Brook showed 20 years of skate photography at the Growlery in a show titled Defining a Distance.[8] Tommy Guerrero performed at the opening.[8]


  1. ^ "Rolling Through the Shadows: Joe Brook". Leica.
  2. ^ Brook, Joe; Beres, Rye. "Spitfire's "YKWTFGO" Article". Thrasher.
  3. ^ a b c d e Davis, Larry (November 2020). "Joe Brook - photographer interview". Skate Jawn. 58.
  4. ^ "Joe Brook". North. Retrieved 2019-10-15.
  5. ^ "Lomography - Skate Photographer Joe Brook Shoots with the Petzval Lens". Retrieved 2019-10-15.
  6. ^ "Juxtapoz Magazine - Legends of Skateboarding: San Francisco's Finest With Iconic Skate Photographer Joe Brook". Retrieved 2019-10-15.
  7. ^ "The Second Skateboarding-And-Old-School-Camerawork Documentary From Exploredinary Is Here". Art&Seek. 2018-10-31. Retrieved 2019-10-15.
  8. ^ a b c d "Joe Brook: Defining a Distance". The Growlery. Retrieved 2019-10-15.
  9. ^ Worldwide, Huf (2011-10-13). "A Conversation with Joe Brook // Street Canoe". BLOG | HUF Worldwide // Est. 2002 // DBC. Retrieved 2019-10-15.
  10. ^ "Juxtapoz Magazine - Displaying items by tag: joe brook". Retrieved 2019-10-15.
  11. ^ "Part 2 of Joe Brook on BS With TG". Sidewalk Skateboarding. Retrieved 2019-10-15.
  12. ^ "BS With TG: Joe Brook". Thrasher. Retrieved 2019-10-15.
  13. ^ "10 skate lensmasters you should follow on Instagram!". Red Bull. Retrieved 2019-10-15.
  14. ^ "Photog Brook gets signature éS shoe and book". 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2019-10-15.

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