Graduate Success: Ben Furst

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BA (Hons) Photojournalism graduate Ben Furst
BA (Hons) Photojournalism graduate Ben Furst

My advice to new students on the course is never to go for the easy option and always try to go one step further in everything you do.”

Ben Furst graduated from the BA Photojournalism course with a first class degree this summer and has just started work at Mercury Press, a photo agency operating out of Manchester. Since he started his photographs and writing have been featured in a number of national newspapers including the Daily Mail, Daily Express, Daily Star and the Metro News. We caught up with him to find out about the challenges and excitements of his first job on the photojournalistic frontline:

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Refugees are welcomed by churches in Stoke-On-Trent. Photo by Ben Furst

“The most challenging part of my new job is competing with photojournalists from other agencies who have some 20 years of experience. It is difficult to beat them but I am proud to have the chance to compete with experienced professionals.

My most successful shoot so far was of Wayne Rooney driving his new £100,000 supercar into training – the photographs were used in a number of national newspapers. I’m also getting the opportunity to develop my writing stories, and again my stories have been picked up by national papers.

In the future I’d love to cover international news, but my ultimate goal is to run my own agency. Doing the photojournalism degree has really helped me to step out of my comfort zone, and be confident pursuing my ambitions.My advice to new students on the course is never to go for the easy option and always try to go one step further in everything you do.”

We wish Ben the greatest success for his future ambitions! You can view more of his work including his final year project on the refugee crisis on his website