About Me

Donetsk International Airport, February 2015

Hello. I’m Richard Ashdown, a freelance lighting cameraman who is always looking for a new story to tell. 

I have worked in the media since 1997, beginning in news, then broadening my experience to include documentary, factual and corporate film-making. My profession has taken me to many extraordinary corners of the world, and I enjoy the opportunities I get to portray people and places with creativity and sensitivity. 

I’m based in South London and ready to work anywhere in the world. I have documentary and news shoot/edit experience in conflict areas, and I keep my hostile environment training certification up to date. I am equally comfortable working in peaceful locations. 

I own Sony F5, PMW 500 and A7S camera kits with a good complement of sound, lighting and grip. I am, of course happy to use any other camera systems your production requires.

With my news and documentary background I work well in a team, but am also able to take the initiative and self-direct whenever required. 
My kit is all listed on a standing carnet, so ready to go at short notice. 
I have two UK passports and a US I-Visa and Global Entry.

Filming for Nasa's Unexplained Files, White Sands New Mexico


Editing a news package by Lake Geneva during the Iran Nuclear Talks, with Al Jazeera Diplomatic Editor James Bays

Filming in a refugee camp near Dohuk, Northern Iraq, September 2014


Filming on a US Air Force B-52 bomber out of Minot AFB, North Dakota

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