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|Born||Bradford Marcel Young
July 6, 1977 
Bradford Marcel Young (born July 6, 1977) is an award-winning American cinematographer.
A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Young moved to Chicago at age 15 to live with his father. He received early artistic inspiration by the works of Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, and Aaron Douglas. He studied film at Howard University, where he was influenced by Haile Gerima.
Young's feature films as director of photography include White Lies, Black Sheep (2007), Pariah (2011), Restless City (2011), Middle of Nowhere (2012), Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013), and Mother of George (2013).
Young has won Cinematography Awards at the Sundance Film Festival twice. In 2011, he won for his work on Pariah. Two years later, he won for his work on both Mother of George and Ain't Them Bodies Saints.
Young is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).
Young prefers shooting with available light. For example, in Pariah, for a nighttime bedroom scene, he shot using only Christmas lights and an IKEA lamp with a red lampshade. Amanda Petrusich in her 2012 article on Young for the New York Times states that he "favors raw light and has a penchant for shooting into it, but said he ultimately focuses on getting out of the way."
In a 2013 article from the Washington Post about cinematographers who were trained at Howard University, Hans Charles, a frequent camera assistant for Young said that he has developed a versatile but also consistently poetic, oblique visual style.
Mr. Young has gathered considerable accolades from the indie community (as well as beyond it), but he continues to tussle personally with the insularity of the scene.
For his part, Young credits another film professor, Daniel Williams, and especially Gerima as the spiritual godfather of what may be, by now, fairly codified as a bona fide successor to the L.A. Rebellion — the Howard Continuum.
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