19 Jul My Day Job: Daniel Cuthbert
Being a documentary photographer, it’s inevitable that Daniel Cuthbert has amazing tales to tell. Here, he answers a few of our questions and lets us in on his fascinating day job:
Between 10and5: Please let us know your official (or unofficial) job title
Daniel Cuthbert: Tricky one to define. I guess it’s curious being. Anyone who spends a considerable amount of time documenting life has to be curious.
10and5: If you studied, what and where did you study?
Daniel: I’ve just received my MA in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography from the University of the Arts in London.
10and5: What characteristics and skills does it take to do what you do?
Daniel: Being curious about your world and what is going on around you is key I feel. I’m like that small child asking “why, but why?” “how does this work?” “why do you do this?”. I guess it allows me to understand other people and their place in the world. Aside from that, being organised and self-sufficient is useful.
10and5: The place furthest from home that your job has taken you?
Daniel: Deep inside the Ukraine, in Chernobyl. Spending a few days in the exclusion zone documenting the remains of Pripyat and Chernobyl deep inside a cold winter, was pretty remote.
10and5: Your favourite story to have shot?
Daniel: So many to think of, but right now it was my time spent with the Bushmen here in Southern Africa. Was amazing to be around one of the very few cultures still trying to keep their way of life alive. I learned how the Bushmen, as a people, are dying and losing their culture at an alarming rate.
10and5: Your proudest work-related moment?
Daniel: Seeing the BBC publish my stories. Having Aunty choose my work over the thousands of requests they get, was pretty damn good.
10and5: What did you want to be when you were growing up?
Daniel: Too many things 🙂 the OCD is strong in this one, I’ve been a chef, a milkman, delivery boy, intern,hacker, the list goes on!
10and5: Advice to those who want to follow in your footsteps?
Daniel: Stop reading all those blogs about how to get ahead in photography. Get out there, shoot what you want and don’t worry about fame or getting published just yet. Define your style, learn how to tell a story and then worry. Yes everyone today is a photographer, but that shouldn’t put you off. Take pictures, experience others and smile.
10and5: Something your line of work has taught you that you didn’t already know?
Daniel: The world is a vast place, so many cultures and places to see and experience. Whilst many in the western world moan about not having the latest gadget, thousands more are worrying about their next meal. My wife and I had this moment in Cambodia where a young girl, named Knut, really had a massive impact on the both of us. From that moment, we really have shifted our approach to life and I think it’s made us the better people.
Knut, and her family, can be seen HERE.
10and5: Your dream job?
Daniel: F1 driver. No, wait, professional traveller. Hang on…