Los Angeles-based cinematographer Scott Cunningham, ASC spent two decades as a line producer for music videos and commercials before transitioning to a cinematography career in 2015. Over the next two years, he established himself as an award-winning director of photography with a diverse portfolio of music videos and commercials.
Cunningham’s passion for photography began at age 11; he learned the craft by developing and printing his own black-and-white photography in his grandfather’s darkroom. As a teenager, he carried his camera with him everywhere, inspired by the great landscape photographers Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and John Sexton. When he was in high school, he discovered American Cinematographer, which introduced him to the world of motion-picture photography. He was hooked.
Cunningham earned a B.A. at Loyola Marymount University and furthered his education through the ASC Master Class, the Brooks Institute of Photography and the Global Cinematography Institute.
Cunningham won MTV Video Music Awards for Kendrick Lamar’s “Humble” and Shawn Mendes’ “Señorita” and received additional nominations for Ariana Grande’s “No Tears Left to Cry” and Camila Cabello’s “My Oh My.” He received Camerimage Golden Frog nominations for Lamar’s “Humble,” Ed Sheeran’s “Bad Habits” and Harry Styles’ “Falling.”
His commercial clients include Apple, Facebook, Powerade, Google, Mercedes Benz, BMW, Olay, Lexus, Pepsi, Jeep, Samsung and Budweiser.
His credits also include the Netflix series Sneakerheads, directed by longtime collaborator Dave Meyers.