Michael Candelori

Jersey City, New Jersey


About Me

Michael Candelori is a New York-based cinematographer and visual journalist. In a career behind the camera spanning 15 years, he has worked in many modes of visual storytelling as well as in a range of acquisition formats. He is an Associate Member of the Society of Camera Operators and an FAA-licensed Commercial UAS pilot.

Michael has shot three feature films and countless short-form projects including from national TV commercials to music videos to TV pilots, as well as purpose-driven storytelling for clients in retail, health and tech. His collaboration with non-profits including the AIDS Healthcare Foundation, African Education Program, Brigaid and Rebuilding Together supports fundraising and awareness efforts. He earned an M.F.A. in Film Production from the Dodge College of Film and Media Arts at Chapman University, where he was nominated for the Kodak Scholarship and twice received the Panavision New Filmmaker Grant.

Michael is also an accomplished visual journalist, having captured breaking news, editorial and reportage images on five continents. His far-reaching coverage, with a particular focus on U.S. politics and social justice movements, has been featured by a cross-section of media including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Time, National Geographic, Vogue, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Playboy, Variety, The Guardian, Sports Illustrated, New York Magazine, New York Post, Vice, The Intercept, and Axios.

I have been in the industry since 2005.

Michael Candelori 2021 Reel
Added on 3/29/2021
Images spanning more than a decade of collaboration with filmmakers and artists across the US, captured in a wide range of formats. (Music: "Helios" by Michael FK)


Cinematographer – Mothers & Daughters

August, 2012 — August, 2012
Television – dir. Catherine Hardwicke

Cinematographer – Arrival

May, 2012 — August, 2012
Feature – dir. Terrisha Kearse

Cinematographer – Changing Hands

September, 2009 — March, 2013
Feature – dir. Scott Schwartz

Cinematographer – Placebo

June, 2005 — August, 2005
Feature – dir. Keith Feighan

Work with Michael Candelori

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