David White

Job title
Course Leader: BA(Hons) Press & Editorial Photography
01326 213702 Ext: 3702

I joined Falmouth University in 2011. Prior to my appointment as course leader on Press & Editorial Photography I was working as a press and editorial photojournalist. I have been an editorial photographer and photojournalist for my entire professional life, over 20 years. My photographic output has been oriented towards the printed page, initially with newspapers, then newspapers and magazines, and now newspapers, magazines, the internet and radio.

I have been very successful as a photojournalist - finding, researching, pitching and completing a multitude of photographic features for some of the finest publications in the world. My work has been published by every national English newspaper. In the last few years I have had my stories published by The Sunday Times magazine, the Guardian magazine, the Financial Times magazine, Marie Claire magazine, Grazia, Eve, Focus magazine, The Daily Mirror and Sunday Mirror and their associated magazines, M magazine, the South China Morning Post magazine, More! magazine, The Times Educational supplements, and many more through my various foreign agents. My images have been published in the British Press Photographer's Association's 5000 days book, a showcase of the best photojournalism of the last 15 years. My work has also featured in the BPPA's 'Unseen' book.

My ability as a photojournalist led to me becoming a contributing editor to Marie Claire magazine UK, the first  photographer to hold this title. I have won many awards for my work: being named 'Most Promising Newcomer' by the Birmingham Press Club in 1991, receiving various news, sport and features awards in the Kodak Press Awards, a World Press award in 2001, and a MILK photography award in 2010.

I have been a freelance photojournalist and press photographer since 1991, and as such have intimate knowledge of the needs and desires of various picture desks. In 2007 I co-founded the company duckrabbit to reflect the changing nature of the editorial market place. duckrabbit produces features built around documentary photography and documentary audio, to tell stories online, on intranets, at conferences and meetings, as well as on the printed page and radio. duckrabbit is widely regarded as a pioneer in its approach. Since its inception a few years ago we have won important accolades in the Amnesty Media Awards and POYI awards, for the strength, effectiveness and integrity of our multimedia storytelling. Professional ethics, correct subject representation, respect and integrity are deeply important to me and by extension duckrabbit. Training is also a huge part of duckrabbit's ethos. We believe in sharing all our knowledge and to that end we have been very active in running training, workshops and multimedia camps, as well as lectures and talks nationally and internationally. I have taught photography, photojournalism and multimedia production and storytelling to a wide audience, from young offenders right up to international directors of communication at multimillion-dollar corporations.

I am an editor of the duckrabbit blog, one of the most widely read blogs amongst photojournalists, with over 50000 views per month. I have my finger on the pulse of the photojournalism industry internationally, and my position within it allows me to call upon many fellow professionals to help with teaching and training. There has been a fundamental shift in the role of a modern photojournalist and I am keen to be a part of that. As a professional photographer I am adept at all technical aspects of photography, from a wet print to an ipod app. I am continually furthering my knowledge in all aspects of photography, for example duckrabbit is producing the world's first 3D still photography campaign for MSF. I embrace and use all the tools of a modern photojournalist, from video to audio, blogging to Twitter. I would hope to bring all these skills to the students at Falmouth, as they are all essential in my opinion to ensure any success as an editorial photographer in today's ultra competitive marketplace. I expect my students to achieve a very high quality in their work, as nothing less will enable a living as an editorial photographer. Such quality is achievable with good instruction, teaching, and a lot of thought and hard work. I feel very strongly that I should share my knowledge, and I have found that I receive as much from the students that I teach as I give. My wife, (who is a journalist and writer) and I have been fostering children, young adults and those in need since 2007. I genuinely believe that what you give comes back, and as such I enjoy sharing what I know.

 www.duckrabbit.info www.duckrabbit.info/blog www.nospin.co.uk (my individual portfolio site) Twitter:@duckrabbitblog http://www.facebook.com/weareduckrabbit


YearQualificationAwarding body
Senior NCTJ Photojournalist

Honours and awards


World Press award winner


Milk Photography awards winner

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

I am interested in communication, audience and storytelling, and their application within a new media environment.

Research topics

Documentary Photography

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs



White, David and Chesterton, B. and Clay, F. (2012) Oxfam Zimbabwe Campaign: Oxfam see for yourself. [Media] 




White, David (2016) Camera Obscura camera. [Project] (Unpublished) Item not available from this repository. 



Areas of teaching

Photographic practice and theory across press

Courses taught

Press & Editorial photography

Business engagement

Intellectual property

I own the I.P to every image I have ever taken.

Business start ups


Professional engagement