National Geographic's Women Photographers


Jodi Cobb has been a staff photographer for National Geographic since 1977. She has worked in more than 50 countries, specializing in the Middle East and Asia. As one of the few Westerners ever to enter the closed world of the women of Saudi Arabia, she photographed in the palaces of princesses and the tents of Bedouin for a landmark article in 1987. Cobb entered another world closed to outsiders, the geisha of Japan, for her 1995 book, "Geisha: The Life, the Voices, the Art." Cobb has a master's degree from the University of Missouri. She lives in Washington, D.C.


Karen Kasmauski is a regular contributor to National Geographic. Since 1984, she has produced 20 stories for the magazine. Her photographs of complex social issues, including population and aging, were nominated for National Magazine Awards. In 1994 National Geographic published her pictures on viruses, which involved work in 14 countries. Prior to working for National Geographic, Kasmauski spent five years as a photographer with The Virginian-Pilot/Ledger Star in Norfolk, Va. Born on a U.S. naval base in Japan, Kasmauski has degrees in anthropology and religion from the University of Michigan. She lives in Falls Church, Va.


Maria Stenzel's photographic career began with National Geographic in 1991. She has completed 17 stories, including coverage of Antarctica, Kenya, Argentina, Borneo, Bolivia and Tibet. She joined the staff of the National Geographic Society in 1980 as a member of the photographic division's film review department, where she examined film for technical flaws and delivered reports to photographers in the field. Stenzel has a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia. She lives in Washington, D.C.


Annie Griffiths Belt began assignment work for National Geographic in 1978. Since then she has worked on dozens of magazine and book projects for National Geographic, including magazine stories on Lawrence of Arabia, the Barrier Islands and Jerusalem. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Belt earned her bachelor's degree in photojournalism from the University of Minnesota. She lives in Great Falls, Va.


Sisse Brimberg has published more than 20 articles as a photographer for National Geographic. Her work ranges from documenting the life of fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Andersen to her latest National Geographic project chronicling the Viking culture. Brimberg won first prize for "Picture Story of the Year" from the National Press Photographers Association for her story on migrant workers. Born in Denmark, Brimberg established and managed her own photography studio in Copenhagen after attending photography school. She lives in Mill Valley, Calif.


National Geographic's Women Photographers
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