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Born in Russia. October 18, 1921. Yuri Kutschuk and his family emigrated to the U.S. in 1939 where his name was anglicized, Jerry Cooke. His aunt, Cecile Kutschuk, who studied photojournalism at the Rhine University and worked for Associated Press in Berlin, came to the United States in 1935, started a photo agency in New York City called Pix Inc. She gave Cooke his first camera, a baby Rolleiflex. Cecile Kutschuk put Cooke to work in the Pix darkroom where he apprenticed with photographers Alfred Eisenstaedt and George Karger. The new LIFE Magazine photography editor Wilson Hicks hired many PIX photographers, including Robert Capa, Phillippe Halsman, Lee Friedlander, Nina Leen and many others launching their careers in photojournalism.
A founding member of the Society of Magazine Photographers, now called the American Society of Media Photographers, Jerry Cooke served as ASMP president from 1951- 1952. During his presidency, ASMP News became a magazine and was licensed by the State of New York to act as a Labor Union.
Photographers Bradley Smith and Jerry Cooke founded the picture agency, Animals Animals In 1969. The agency was sold in the late 1970′s and renamed Animals, Animals / Earth Scenes, www.animalsanimals.com.
Jerry Cooke shot 47 covers for Sports /Illustrated, including many from the early days starting in 1954. Cooke was the Director of Photography for Sports Illustrated in 1974.
Jerry Cooke spoke five languages, visited five continents and well over a hundred countries. He has photographed 6 Olympics and 42 Kentucky Derbies. Jerry Cooke passed away, 10/27/05.