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Meet Craig Cutler

 

Today we’d like to introduce you to Craig Cutler.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I originally wanted to become an industrial designer but eventually turned to graphic design. Early on in my career, I realized I wanted to photograph the ideas I came up with and began shooting in NYC. Although I travel back to NYC frequently for assignments I felt that after many years there I was ready for a new challenge and moved my operations to LA.

My most recent passion has been working with The Natural History Museum of LA County and I just returned from a dinosaur dig in Utah. The story is about the journey of Gnatalie, the green boned dinosaur, and its journey to the new entrance of the museum in 2020.

Has it been a smooth road?
That is a great question…I assumed that college would be the hardest years only to realize that to stay relevant you have to bring everything you’ve got every day. I also realized early on that if you do not embrace moving imagery your career will be short-lived.

There are great directors and there are great photographers, but very few can do both well together.

My favorite assignments are the ones that allow me to sketch, concept, and execute a project in both film and print.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I built my name early on shooting 8 x 10 film still life for such advertising clients as Tiffany’s, IBM, Bombay Saphire and so on. I now direct more moving image assignments. I am proud of the production team that I surround myself with. The key is to work with people who do what they do best, It is a simple philosophy.

I also do cover shoots for National Geographic, The New York Times Magazine , The Washington Post Magazine and Variety.

What sets me apart from others is that I create sketches of the concepts before shooting. I am brought in early to create the ideas.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Well, I have only been here three years. That being said, everything I see feels new to me in LA and allows me to be more creative. I especially love my artist space in West Adams. This is where I do all of my personal work. I think the shift is definitely coming back to LA and this is coming from someone who thought they would never leave NYC. I also feel there are much better choices for film crews in LA.

Contact Info:

  • Address: 4476 1/2 West AdamsBlvd.
    Studio 203 LA, CA 90016
  • Website: craigcutler.com
  • Phone: +1.323.641.0028
  • Email: studio@craigcutler.com
  • Instagram: craigcutlerstudio IG

Image Credit:
portrait credit: Jeff Gros

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