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Benjamin Chesterton

Sex, Lies and Lemmings: Hossein Fatemi and the toxification of photojournalism

Benjamin Chesterton

The year long world tour of photojournalist Hossein Fatemi’s controversial Iranian photos is coming to an end. In a year in which fake news and the abuse of power has never been in sharper focus it’s worth examining some of the incomprehensible decisions that led to Fatemi’s work being given such a massive platform to…

I produced a BBC strand where the male presenter was paid at least 60% more than the female presenter. It’s toxic and it has to stop.

Benjamin Chesterton

I’ve followed with interest Carrie Gracie’s brave decision to publicly resign from her job as the BBC’s China Editor in an attempt to highlight the broadcasters failure to pay men and women equally. Following the BBC’s abject response to Gracie’s open letter I want to share my experience of the impact of unequal pay at the…

Work for duckrabbit. Aspiring film-maker/assistant producer wanted.

Benjamin Chesterton

After five years we’re saying goodbye and good luck to our much loved production manager Oliver Sharpe. Oli joined us fresh out of Uni where he studied photography and film as a mature student. He’s gone on to direct some terrific films, as well as assist on shoots as far and wide as Ethiopia, Iceland…

Hey Charity. Want to get to grips with making unforgettable films? Here’s how.

Benjamin Chesterton

Anyone who tells you it’s going to be a breeze. Word of warning. They are either blissfully ignorant or pulling your leg. Filmmaking is hard. It’s all too easy to set out to conquer YouTube but end up with way too many messages in a bottle lost at social media sea. Don’t despair. We’re programmed…

12 Day all expenses paid film scholarship trip to Kerala with top pro. What’s the catch?

Benjamin Chesterton

Deal of the century? Possibly. Probably. A few years back duckrabbit were invited to Australia to teach the people at travel insurance company World Nomads.  We didn’t want to go. Because way too far. And insurance company. But their Creative Director, Christoper Potter, talked me into it. And I’m glad he did. Because lovely, passionate,…

I wish you’d listened to your heart

Benjamin Chesterton

Noor’s Nina Berman writing on NYT’s Lens blog: Photojournalist Sandra Hoyn talking to Cosmopolitan about her work in Bangladesh featuring children sold and forced to have sex: Photos from the series published in the Washington Post here. Faces of children blacked out by me, but were there in original photographs. Who has awarded pictures from this body…

LensCulture and the commodification of rape

Benjamin Chesterton

Where to begin? Magnum Photos and LensCulture are running a photo competition. One of those where you give them lots of money and in return if you’re one of  the lucky ones they give you ‘exposure’. Let’s just cut to the chase. There’s no way of dressing this up. In order to promote the competition…

Word gets around

Benjamin Chesterton

There’s tension in the air. The Democratic Republic of Congo. April 2011. Masisi. Yasuyoshi Chiba and I are working for MSF. Films and photography. The night we arrive at the staff camp one of the surgeons gets up at the team meeting and asks what the fuck we are doing there when what he really needs…

The critic in me. An asshole. An apology.

Benjamin Chesterton

I’ve just arrived at Format Photography Festival and Pete Brook (aka Prison Photography) is manhandling me. I don’t mind. I’ve known Pete online for many years but this is the first time I’ve met the big bearded dude. Bear hugs are permitted. After crushing me we tour the book fair. He wants to know what…

AHEAD STILL LIES OUR FUTURE – Format Photography Festival

Benjamin Chesterton

I am driving to the Format photo festival in Derby (24 March to 11 June). It’s Saturday morning. The sun is shining. Window down.  I’m listening to Tunnel Vision by Kate Tempest on repeat. She’s angry and she’s brave. I love her for it. And as it turns out she’s the perfect soundtrack to what…