Rachel Morrison

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Award-Winning Director of Photography, "Black Panther" & "Mudbound"

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Rachel Morrison: Biography at a Glance

  • Most recently served as Director of Photography on Marvel's Black Panther
  • Became the first woman ever nominated for an Oscar in cinematography for her work on Mudbound
  • Recipient of the Kodak Vision Award for her outstanding achievements in cinematography
  • Has lensed several Sundance premieres including Dope, Fruitvale Station, Little Accidents, Sound of My Voice, and Any Day Now
  • Garnered numerous awards for her imagery, including two Outstanding Cinematography Emmy Nominations for her work on Netflix's What Happened, Miss Simone? and Showtime’s Riker's High



Cinematographer Rachel Morrison has emerged as a refreshing young talent at the forefront of independent cinema, channeling each story’s core emotion into arresting imagery. Her work has a haunting quality at times and a beautiful elegance at others.

In just one short year, Morrison graduated from the "Breaking Through" Section of the 2012 Below-the-Line Impact Report to being listed amongst seasoned DP Veterans Roger Deakins and Rodrigo Prieto in the 2013 Below-the-Line Impact Report.

That same year, Morrison was honored at the Women-in-Film Crystal + Lucy Awards, where she was the recipient of the Kodak Vision Award for her outstanding achievements in cinematography. She was also recognized by Indiewire's "On the Rise: 5 Cinematographers To Watch in 2013."

Morrison has lensed eight Sundance premieres in the past seven years; among these are MUDBOUND, directed by Dee Rees, DOPE, directed by Rick Famuyiwa, FRUITVALE STATION, directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Michael B. Jordan and Octavia Spencer, winner of both the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize for Best Picture, LITTLE ACCIDENTS starring Elizabeth Banks, Josh Lucas, Boyd Holbrook and Chloe Sevigny, and SOUND OF MY VOICE released by Fox Searchlight. In 2012, she also saw ANY DAY NOW premiere at Tribeca Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award for Best Picture.

She has garnered numerous awards for her imagery, including two Outstanding Cinematography Emmy Nominations for her work on Netflix's "WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE?" and Showtime’s RIKER'S HIGH, a documentary about the high school within the Riker’s Island prison system.

Since completing her MFA in Cinematography at the American Film Institute, Morrison has photographed twelve features, ten in the last six years.

From New York to Los Angeles, the desert of Qatar to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Morrison has traversed the globe with an eye attuned to the beauty, sorrow and emotion of the shared human experience.  

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