ASC Welcomes Autumn Durald Arkapaw as New Member

The cinematographer’s credits include the features Palo Alto and Mainstream, the documentary Beastie Boys Story, the Emmy-nominated series Loki and the upcoming feature Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.

David E. Williams

After growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, California native Autumn Durald Arkapaw attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, where she received a BA in art history, and went on to receive her MFA in cinematography at the American Film Institute in 2009.

After gaining experience while shooting music videos and indie features, Durald earned attention with writer-director Gia Coppola’s drama Palo Alto, which had its world premiere at the 2013 Biennale di Venezia and screened at the Telluride Film Festival.

She was selected in 2014 as one of Variety’s “10 Cinematographers to Watch” and included in the “Up Next” roster for their “Below The Line Impact Report,” as well as added to Indiewire’s “On The Rise 2014: Cinematographers To Watch” list.

Among other projects, Durald Arkapaw then shot One & Two (2015) for director Andrew Droz Palermo, which premiered at the Berlinale 2015; Max Minghella’s debut feature film Teen Spirit (2019), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival; and The Sun Is Also a Star (see AC June ’19), directed Ry Russo-Young.

Teaming with director Spike Jonze, she photographed the comedy special Aziz Ansari: Right Now (2019) and the documentary Beastie Boys Story (2020).

After shooting Coppola’s latest feature, Mainstream (2020), which premiered at the 2020 Biennale di Venezia, Durald Arkapaw began work on the Marvel Studios series Loki for Disney Plus (see AC Oct. 2021). She subsequently joined director Ryan Coogler for Marvel’s anticipated superhero feature sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, to be released in November.

On the set of her Emmy-nominated Marvel Studios series Loki.

It was announced on July 12 that Durald Arkapaw had earned an Emmy nomination for her work in Loki, in the category Outstanding Cinematography for A Single-Camera Series (One Hour).

Her husband is Emmy-winning Australian cinematographer Adam Arkapaw, ACS — who earned the 2016 ASC Spotlight Award for his work in the feature Macbeth (2015).

You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter.

Complete details on the 15 founding members of the ASC can be found here.

A complete list of all active ASC members — since 1919 — can be downloaded here.

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