Pretty as a Picture: A Study of the Mesmerizing Visual Style of DP Bradford Young

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From “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” to “Arrival”, DP Bradford Young has shown the world what cinematic beauty is all about.

Despite him being a talented, seasoned, Oscar-nominated DP, some might call Bradford Young a cinematography star on the rise. He has worked with some of today’s most exciting directors, including David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), Ava DuVernay (Selma), and Denis Villeneuve (Arrival), and even lensed Ron Howard’s much-hyped Star Wars spin-off, Solo: A Star Wars Story, which is set to hit theaters in the next few days.

So, what makes Young a cinematographer to watch? Well, in this video essay from Fandor, we get the chance to explore some of Young’s more prominent characteristics as a DP, from his use of existing light to his ability to inject a sense of power into his compositions. Check it out below:

There are many aspects of Young’s work that are worth studying at length, including his fearless use of color and shadows, but Fandor zeros in on three:

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