In 1975, Cooper received his first camera as a birthday gift from his parents and thus began his adventure in photography. The camera was a 110 Focal instant camera with a little pop flash. His first photo was a portrait of the neighbors who had attended the gathering.
He took several photography classes during high school and then worked for the school paper and yearbook in his first exposure to photojournalism and traditional black and white photography.
Cooper graduated on to more serious study while attending the University of California at Davis where he obtained an Engineering degree. There he studied under Roland Petersen who had spent some time working with Ansel Adams. While at the university he worked on the staff of The California Aggie where he served as a staff photographer and picture editor. To augment his desire for sports photography, he did an internship and later served as a stringer for The Reporter in Vacaville to cover NFL, MLB and the NBA.
Upon graduation he found an opportunity to work in Europe with Gepa Pictures, an Austrian Sports Photo agency along with Reuters and the Associated Press where he worked on World Cup Events and Pre Olympic Events.
During his time in Europe he traveled around to ten different countries doing travel photography for two stock agencies.
He makes his home in Boston, Massachusetts, which is a great base to travel around the East Coast to document the charm of New England. He continues to shoot travel and documentary photography.
He keeps pushing the cutting edge of technology with the digital revolution, but he is a firm believer in image honesty using the computer as a tool to enhance his work and help him in his endeavor to capture the beauty the world has to offer. Mr. Cooper's greatest joys is sharing the beauty in these images with others.