The ASC has welcomed cinematographer Bradford Young into the ranks of active membership.
Born in Louisville, Ky., Young studied filmmaking at Howard University under renowned Ethiopian émigré Haile Gerima (Sankofa).
He began making his mark in independent cinema in 2011, when he won an Excellence in Cinematography Award at the Sundance Film Festival for Pariah, directed by Dee Rees. At the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, Middle of Nowhere, his first film with director Ava DuVernay, won a Grand Jury Prize. The following year, Young pulled off an unprecedented achievement at Sundance, winning an Excellence in Cinematography Award for two films: David Lowery’s Ain’t Them Bodies Saints and Andrew Dosunmu’s Mother of George. (Rodrigo Prieto, ASC, AMC, was one of the jurors that year.)
Young’s feature credits also include DuVernay’s Selma, J.C. Chandor’s A Most Violent Year, Dosunmu’s Restless City and Tina Mabry’s Mississippi Damned. His latest picture, Ed Zwick’s Pawn Sacrifice, is scheduled for release next month.
Young also creates video installations, and his most recent work in that field was Bynum Cutler, which explored the mythos behind African-American homesteaders. His collaborations with artist Leslie Hewitt have been exhibited at The Kitchen, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Menil Collection, Des Moines Art Center, the MCA Chicago and Lofoten International Arts Festival in Norway.