about me.

Photographer based in Baltimore, MD / Washington, DC. Focused on documenting culture, music and the arts.

“Just as Baltimore’s music scene has ascended the past few years, so has the career of Josh Sisk.” – Washington Post

Contributing Photographer for: Washington Post, Baltimore City Paper, Decibel, Vice/Noisey.

You can license some of my work from Getty Images.

If you are interested in my work or have any questions, please email me directly at joshsisk at gmail dot com.

Other publications that my work has been featured in include: Rolling Stone, the Atlantic, SPIN, the Baltimore Sun, Revolver, Terrorizer, Guitar World, NME, the Guardian UK, Time Out!, URB, Blender, XLR8R, JPG, Baltimore Magazine, B Weekly, Urbanite, New York Press, the Stranger, CMJ, the Philadelphia Weekly, DC City Paper, GOOD, Ghetto Blaster, MixMag, among many others across the country and the world.

My work has also been featured in the books Choosing Death: The Improbable History of Death Metal & Grindcore, 9:30 Club – the Book, The Business of Professional Modeling & Design For Community, as well as on many notable web sites such as Pitchfork, Brooklyn Vegan, NPR, Vice, Flavorpill, Impose, Brightest Young Things, among many others.

I’ve contributed photography in various ways to movies including: I Used To Be Darker, Sollers Point, If We Shout Loud Enough, WNUF Halloween Special, and Call Girl of Cthulhu.

Clients of mine include record labels (Domino, Mad Decent, Relapse, Ninjatune, Unruly, T&A, Deep Sugar, Carpark, Profane Lore, Thrill Jockey), institutions (MICA, Maryland State Arts Council, Georgetown University), music promoters (Taxidermy Lodge, Unregistered Nurse, Nouveau Riche, Deep Sugar, Radar, Giant), companies (Converse, Altec Lansing, Navy Federal Bank, Dell Computers, Mountain Dew, J Shoe, Figure 53, Vice, Chalk + Chisel), cable channels (IFC, Vice TV) and venues (9:30 Club, the Ottobar).

I have also worked on videos for bands such as: Integrity & Skeletonwitch.

You can see a selection of my tearsheets here.

You might also have clicked on this looking for my flickr page?

Selected Exhibitions I have been involved it:

  • Unscripted Moments: the Life & Photography of Joseph Kohl< Maryland Historical Society, 2017 (co-curator)
  • City Paper Year In Photos, 2016
  • WRONGFEST, Atomic Books, 2014
  • Out of Order, Maryland Art Place, 2013
  • Sleep: A Community Art Project, Wind Up Space, 2013
  • LUX, Maryland Art Place, 2012 (Juror)
  • Good Light, Current Gallery, 2012
  • U+Nfest, Metro Gallery, 2012 (also curated)
  • Fields of Vision: A survey of themes in contemporary photography, caseworks, 2012 (also co-curated)
  • DC Fotoweek: Young @ Heart, Fotoweek Central, 2011
  • Place To Place, various locations in Baltimore, 2011-2012
  • New York Photo Festival : Audio/Visual juried show, NYC, 2011
  • City Paper Low Budget Photo Show, Baltimore, 2011
  • Full Speed Or Nothing : Music Photography by Josh Sisk & Kyle Gustafson, Windup Space, Baltimore, 2011
  • Under the Strobe Light (solo show), Bijon, 2010
  • Wild at Heart, Photoweek DC Satellite HQ (DC), 2010
  • Last Call (solo show), Front Gallery (New Orleans), 2009
  • Gutter: Two Year Retrospective, Paperwork (Baltimore), 2008
  • Fourth Wall, Windup Space (Baltimore), 2008
  • Brightest Young Things: the Re-Launch Photo Show (DC), 2008
  • Black Metal Fast Food Fight, Lo-Fi Social Club (Baltimore), 2007
  • The Pain of Being Dead, Read Street(Baltimore), 2007
  • The Pain of Being Dead, Lo-Fi Social Club (Baltimore), 2006
  • Sent: America’s First Phonecam Art Show, Sixspace (LA), 2004


Artistic “things” I have done:

  • Visiting artist/critic at MICA, 2010-2013
  • Guest Artist/Instructor at Baltimore Museum of Art, 2011
  • Founding member, (In) Parenthesis photo collective, 2011-
  • SPIN Top 10 Live Photos of 2011, 2012
  • Guest Lecturer, Elev8 Baltimore “Masters of Photography” series, 2012
  • Juror, Maryland Art Place Fall Juried Exhibition, “Lux”, 2012
  • Mobby Winner, Best Maryland Photo Blog, 2012


(Very Incomplete) List of Releases featuring my photos:

  • Agoraphobic Nosebleed “Agorapocalypse” LP/CD
  • Agoraphobic Nosebleed “Merry Chrismeth” Music Video
  • Dan Deacon “Bromst” LP/CD
  • Dan Deacon “America” LP/CD
  • Ed Schrader “The Choir Inside” 10″
  • The Gift “Mostly In Sickness” LP
  • Hollywood “Baltimore Queens” 7″
  • Hollywood “Stunts” LP/CD
  • Murder “Fuckpunk” LP
  • Page 99/Majority Rule “live” LP/CD
  • Pig Destroyer “Phantom Limb” LP/CD
  • Pig Destroyer “Bookburner” LP/CD


You can see a different (also incomplete) list up at Discogs.

Interviews and press coverage:

“Top Ten Live Music Photo, 2011” – SPIN Magazine | “Top Ten Live Music Photo, 2012” – SPIN Magazine | “Best Photo Blog, 2012” – Baltimore Sun

Photo of me by Michael Byrne.

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