It was when he took a trip around the world with two cameras — a Nikon 35mm DSLR and a Canon 1014xls Super 8 unit — during a hiatus from his college media studies and sociology programs, that the passion of pursuing cinematography first struck, ASC.
After graduating from Carleton College in Minnesota, the Minneapolis native—who is of Ukrainian and Indian descent—enrolled into the graduate film program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts to study cinematography and directing. Early in his career, Parekh photographed a number of music videos, commercials, shorts and features.
He was nominated for the 1998 Kodak Eastman Award for Excellence in Cinematography, apprenticed with, ASC on The Yards and received an honorable mention for the 2001 ASC and 2003 ASC Heritage Awards for Excellence in Cinematography. He was also included in Filmmaker Magazine’s 2004 list of “25 New Faces of Independent Film” and Variety’s 2006 list of “10 Cinematographers to Watch.”
Throughout his 20-year career as a cinematographer, Parekh has shot more than 20 features, including Half Nelson, Sugar, Blue Valentine, Madame Bovary, The Zookeeper’s Wife and The Catcher Was a Spy. For his work on Cold Souls, the cinematographer was nominated for a 2010 Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography. He has also worked on the HBO miniseries Show Me a Hero and the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why.
Parekh has also served as director and cinematographer on the HBO series Succession and the pilot for the HBO graphic novel adaptation Watchmen, slated to premiere in 2019.