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A high-flying banker quits his job to take up photography

The head of risk at multinational investment bank UBS has quit his job to become a full-time professional photographer.

Christian Bluhm announced the unusual career move last week and intends to open a studio and gallery in the Swiss capital Zurich, a short distance from UBS headquarters.

Bluhm has already launched a website which he runs on beautiful landscapes and cityscapes but also shows off his people, macro and wildlife skills.

In fact, Bluhm casts her net quite wide, listing fine art, product, business, fashion, and other disciplines as potential avenues. But when starting a photography business, many photographers don’t know what their most profitable line of business will be.

Bluhm is a trained mathematician who says an encounter with a cheap DSLR camera made him want to “get away from smartphone photography”.

“What really changed my perception of photography was spending an evening with a friend from Vienna – an experienced photographer – who showed me how to manually adjust my low-budget camera to get a clear shot of the star constellation. ‘Big Dipper stars in the night sky,’” Bluhm writes on his website.

“This experience fascinated me so much that I started an endless journey in professional photography.”

Bankers become photographers

Bluhm is not the first high-flying banker to swap capital ratios for aspect ratios. According to FinancialTimesMatthew Greenburgh, a former Bank of America Merrill Lynch trader and advisor on major acquisitions, left the bank in 2010 to become a photographer.

UBS Chief Executive Ralph Hamers said he wished Bluhm the best for the future.

“I would also like to personally thank Christian for his leadership and commitment over the past six years and for the significant contributions he and his team have made to our sustainable performance through active risk management,” he says.

Bluhm has been UBS’s chief risk officer since 2016 and has performed well in his role compared to the bank’s rival Credit Suisse. The latter suffered a massive loss of $5.5 billion, while Bluhm’s only major loss was a relatively small $861 million.


Picture credits: Header photo licensed via Depositphotos.