Cotten Alston (1945-) is a professional photographer and real estate broker in Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in Atlanta, Georgia to parents Robert C. Alston II (1917-1979) and Tudor Alston (1919-1988). He had one sibling, Daphne Alston Marane (1947-2015). Alston is married to Valerie Alston and has two daughters, May Alston Carr (1985-) and Honour Alston Thorton (1988-). He graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia, and from Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina, in 1967 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in French. Alston served in the United States Navy as a lieutenant junior grade from 1967-1969. Cotten Alston became a real estate agent in 1972. In 1976, he started his own commercial photography business, Cotten Alston Photography. He produced images for the architectural, real estate, and food industries. In 1998, he dissolved his photography business for a full time career as an associate broker for Harry Norman Realtors, in Atlanta.