Ben Chislett was born in 1982 in Mexico City, adopted by English parents, and grew up in Spain. He studied Experimental Psychology at University of Bristol. Coming from three different cultures, his images are inspired by people around the world, telling their stories with classical documentary photography.
He came to photography documenting the work of an NGO in Oaxaca, Mexico. Ben Chislett uses mainly black and white images for his work, focusing on people and portraits. He honed his talents studying photography at the Neue Schule für Fotografie, and currently works as a freelance photographer with his own studio in Berlin.
Ben Chislett first taught English and Spanish in Spain, Mexico, and subsequently at various universities in Berlin. After discovering image making as an equally rich form of expression, he started teaching photography at the LagosPhoto Summer School organised by Eva Maria Ocherbauer in Nigeria. Since 2014 he has been a lecturer of Photographic Technique and Practical Photography for the International Course at Neue Schule für Fotografie. Developing a pragmatic approach to practical photography plays a central role in his teaching, whereby students are challenged to produce goal-oriented projects, and carry them out efficiently and effectively.