Cotton Coulson

Editor’s Note: On May 27, 2015, Cotton Coulson passed away following a scuba diving accident off the coast of Norway. His achievements are celebrated in words and pictures on National Geographic News.

Cotton started taking photographs for National Geographic magazine right after graduating from New York University Film School in 1975. He was hired as a contract photographer in 1976, and published over a dozen assignments for the magazine until 1987. Some of his cover titles included stories about Ireland, Berlin, and the Brendan Voyage. He won numerous prizes from the NPPA and White House Press Photographers Association.

At that time, he became associate director of photography at U.S. News & World Report. After several years he moved to the Baltimore Sun, where he was the director of photography.

In the mid-1990s Cotton decided to join the Internet revolution and moved to San Francisco, along with his wife, Sisse Brimberg, and their two children, Calder and Saskia. There he became the senior vice-president of CNET, in charge of Product Development. After ten years, he and Sisse moved to Paris and then on to Denmark, where Sisse is originally from.

Their media company, KEENPRESS, produces photography and HD video films for international publications and companies.