Dave Cuthbertson

Dave and Jake Gyllenhaal while filming Everest

Dave Cuthbertson, or ‘Cubby’ as he is universally known, was born and educated in Edinburgh before moving to the Scottish Highlands to pursue his passion for the outdoors.

Cubby describes his work as a retrospective of his climbing past; ‘those formative years as a young climber pitted against the elements that Scotland’s mountains can throw at you. This is where I find inspiration; returning to my old haunts with a more mature eye and to somehow render the scene with a nostalgic edge and inseparable spiritual connection.

In the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s Cubby was the elite vanguard  of Scottish climbing. Even in todays highly competitive climbing scene few have excelled in all disciplines of British climbing. His legacy of legendary climbs command  the utmost respect and have even been described as ‘bad ass’ by the most recent generation of young Scottish climbers.

Cubby makes a living as an international mountain guide which he combines with photography and providing safety and consultancy to the TV and film industry.
Some of his more prestigious assignments include Five Days One Summer (Sean Connery), the recent Everest movie( Kiera Knightly and Jake Gyllenhaal) and Touching the Void. In the latter Cubby played something of a starring role when he doubled for Joe Simpson and re enacted stunts for one of the most famous falls in climbing history.

His work in media and as a mountain guide has taken him all over the world. But it was not until the mid nineties when he founded Cubby Images that he started working as a professional photographer. Initially the focus was on climbing and outdoor photography but it wasn’t long before he developed an intrigue for landscapes. Much of his work adorned the pages of the popular magazines at that time, not to mention books calendars, tabloids and catalogues etc. Clients have included Berghaus, Vango, Red Bull, and Vodafone to name a few.

While Cubby will always pursue an opportunity to photograph climbers in action his real passion is for landscapes and he looks no further than his old haunts close to home in Ballachulish. Exploring Glencoe’s hidden secrets and dark coire’s or traversing craggy skylines in search of something new, he will happily spend a night or two under the stars to re kindle old acquaintances for inspiration.