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Benjamin Chesterton of duckrabbit talks to Coventry University

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Today I was priviledged enough to have the experience of listening to a talk by Benjamin Chesterton of duckrabbit Productions.  We watched  ‘Open Eye: Lebanon’s Missing’ – the documentary Benjamin produced, working with photographer Dalia Khamissy to tell the story of the thousands of people kidnapped during the Lebanese civil war.  A very well produced documentary which opened up to us how the use of sound with images can change how we engage with the subject in front of us.

We also managed to discuss various images including the work of Robert Gumpert.  Coincidentally we had discussed Gumpert’s work the previous week when Peter brook came to talk and this week we managed to talk about it a bit more in depth.  Everyone was free to pitch in and ask questions which kept the talk light and good humoured.  Of the many issues discussed Benjamin spoke openly and honestly about many of the issues facing many of us entering the photographic profession.  Benjamin stated  ‘Always make the people you are talking to more important than the programme you are making’.  A strong statement and one that I hope will guide me in the future.

Benjamin hung around after the talk and took the time to talk more in depth with students.  I took this as the chance to ask more about the role of duckrabbit and their aims.  Inspiring stuff and yet again an inside view into what drives people such as Benjamin to continue with their work.

As with many of these talks this was being recorded and is available here.  For further information on duckrabbit please click on the image below for a direct link to their blog.

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Written by Dean O'Brien

February 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm

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  1. Hello Dean I think when Benjamin said ’Always make the people you are talking to more important than the programme you are making’ you are doing this already through your project with the homeless.

    Do you think he gave information that would not find in a book or the internet? Good blog!

    Chris Alford

    February 25, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    • In all honesty Chris talks such as this are much better than receiving information via the net. You are receiving it direct and first hand. Also if there is anything that you do not fully understand then the guest speaker will help to clarify the point that they are trying to get across.

      Dean O'Brien

      February 25, 2011 at 10:04 pm


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