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Bradford Young graduated from Howard University, where he studied under the tutelage of filmmaker Haile Gerima.
For filmmaker Dee Rees, he has been cinematographer on the short films Pariah and Colonial Gods; the documentary feature Eventual Salvation; and the feature Pariah. Mr. Young’s work on the latter earned him the 2011 Sundance Film Festival’s [U.S. Dramatic Competition] Excellence in Cinematography Award
He had earlier been cited as one of Filmmaker Magazine’s “25 New Faces of Independent Film” for 2009, reflecting his work on Tina Mabry’s Mississippi Damned and Gloria La Morte and Paola Mendoza’s Entre nos. Mr. Young was recently cinematographer on another independent feature, Andrew Dosunmu’s Restless City, and he is currently prepping to shoot Sebastian Silva’s Second Child.
He has also been the director of photography on television commercials and music videos, including for Seu Jorge.