Liz Cooke was born and raised in Brooklyn. She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to photograph Holocaust survivors and Soviet émigrés in her childhood neighborhood of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in numerous publications. Most recently her photographs of Newburgh, New York, were featured in the Guardian (UK). She is working on a book now on the global living wage movement, which took her to Cambodia, the Philippines, and around the US, where she photographed garment workers, farm workers, fast food workers and sex workers. Liz is the founder of Abandoned Hudson Valley, a photographic exploration of abandoned and neglected places of the Hudson Valley.