Anthony Cullen, Photographer and Tutor
Anthony Cullen has an impressive photographic history. He’s documented an epic trans-European journey from Birmingham to Bejing, been dubbed photographer of the year and worked for prestigious, household-name clients for twenty years. After such an eventful career, Cullen has now settled with his family on the Suffolk Coast, and runs his own photography courses from his studio in Pin Mill. We asked him to tell us a little about himself.
“I did a degree in Film and Photography at the University of Westminster in 1994, and was then crowned the photographer of the year by The Observer (The Observer/Hodge Photographer of the Year award). After that I worked for a mixture of editorial and advertising clients for about 20 years, including The Guardian/Observer, McLaren F1, Prada, Rolls Royce and more recently Land Rover, where I was the photographer on a journey which started in Birmingham and went on to Beijing. It was the millionth Land Rover Discovery and we were raising a million pounds for the Red Cross. The aptly titled Journey of Discovery was a series of incredible stories throughout Europe, Russia, the Stans and then finally China. Most memorable for me was the former nuclear submarine base cut into a mountain in Balaklava, which we gained permission to drive into to.
I live in Suffolk with my wife Louise and three girls, Cecily, Rosa and May (as well as the Muddy the labrador, chickens, guinea pigs, cats etc.) I still do commercial work, and have some local clients including Oyster, Gunfleet, Suffolk Life and Adnams, who I’ve been working with for almost ten years now.
I have a photographic studio in Pin Mill (The Pin Mill Studio) and from there, as well as shooting studio based commercial work, I run monthly photographic courses and one to one tuition (www.photographicday.com), as well as painting courses (www.pinmillpaintingday.com) tutored by professional watercolour artist, Sandra Pond.
I love to pass on the tips and techniques I’ve learnt over the years. I hope to give people the benefit of tried and tested methods that work for me as a photographer, whether I’m teaching someone brand new to photography with a point and shoot compact camera, or a keen amateur with DSLR equipment.”