Joseph Friedman

New York, New York


About Me

I’m Joe Friedman, a Manhattan based Director of Photography with over 30 years of experience shooting documentaries, corporate assignments, reality shows, historical period pieces and assorted narrative and documentary features. I’ve shot throughout the United States and in 26 countries around the world.

I take particular pride in how I set up and light interviews. I can shoot them in HD, UHD or 4K. They are beautifully framed and lit. I'm experienced shooting green screen as well as with assorted muslin backdrops. I can work in any location with a very flexible lighting package.
Be sure to view my Interview Reel below. It's the 2nd video from the left.

I’m happy to discuss fees and budgets. Feel free to contact me.
I'm very easy to work with.

I’ve worked with scientists, dirt farmers, Wall Streeters, street cleaners, transsexual prostitutes and hedge fund managers. I’ve shot brain surgery, spent weeks aboard an aircraft carrier at sea, filmed grinding poverty in the Third World and babies coming into the world, one of which brought an entire operating room medical staff to tears - including me.

The feature documentary I shot, "Love Between The Covers," was released July 2016 thru iTunes, Amazon and a host of streaming outlets. It's a fascinating look into the world of romance fiction.

My work is currently on exhibit in three major museums. Much of it has appeared on ABC/NBC/CBS, PBS, National Geographic Channel, Discovery Channel, History Channel, Home Box Office, the BBC, French and German TV, and in theatrical distribution around the United States.

Looking For Saturn
Added on 10/2/2017

I shot this as part of a one hour PBS NOVA that aired in September 2017.


I have worked with Joe Friedman on many shoots for two films, and the thought I always have each time he has set up, and I look at the monitor, is, "This man always works magic, and his lighting is like that of a Dutch Master painter." He is the salt of the earth and has an easy manner, a natural way of showing respect for and warmth to interviewees and crew, creative ideas, resourcefulness, professionalism, and a great sense of humor. What more could one want?
-- Paula J. Caplan, Producer, "Is Anybody Listening?"

Paula J Caplan

We would definitely work with Joseph again. He was extremely professional and his experience greatly helped us achieved exactly what we wanted. The final footage we got was absolutely flawless.5 stars.

Tim Nit

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