Sutton-Hibbert studied photography at the Glasgow College of Building and Printing. He began work in Romania in 1990, which developed into a photo series of the Calderari Gypsies. Among other places, his photojournalistic career has taken him to Albania and Cuba, aboard a fishing boat in the North Sea and to the site of the World Trade Centre in October 2001. He has done work for corporate organisations such as Standard Life and KPMG. In 2001 he carried out a commission on behalf of the National Galleries of Scotland which documents the behind-the-scenes life of the galleries' staff.