Remembering a Nat Geo Photographer

Antarctica. Estonia. Berlin. Florence.

With his wife and professional partner Sisse Brimberg always nearby, photographer Cotton Coulson framed the world in a way that made it beautiful and real at the same time.

“He was especially adept at approaching a European city,” notes National Geographic Traveler magazine’s director of photography, Dan Westergren. “He trained his lens on what gave a place its soul.”

Coulson and Brimberg, who lived in Paris, Copenhagen, and, most recently, Glasgow, shot more than a dozen stories for Traveler over the past decade.

Coulson, who died in a scuba-diving accident off the coast of Norway, was also part of our larger family, shooting for National Geographic and serving as a photography expert on many National Geographic Expeditions trips.

A life is lost, but the view remains.

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