About Jeff Gatesman


Jeff is a Chicago-born Director of Photography and Still Photographer residing in Los Angeles. His strong visual style combines a modern aesthetic with classic composition.

Jeff studied filmmaking and cinematography at Columbia College, Chicago, and the art of still photography at FAMU in Prague, CZ. His technical experience covers the complete spectrum of filmmaking, from 16 and 35mm film, to high definition video and digital capture in all of its various configurations. He has lugged heavy beam splitter rigs through the  Yucatan rainforest to shoot Mayan Ruins in 3D for Mexican Tourism, shot the Amazon River in anamorphic High Definition video, strapped cameras to roller coasters and race cars, and shot a herd of stampeding buffalo from the bed of a moving pickup truck.


Won a Bronze Telly Award for the PSA Because for the Greater Los Angeles Agency on Deafness, 2015
Nominated for a 2012 Black and White Spider Award, the leading International Award for Black and White Photography, for his image of a 1957 Pontiac.
Nominated for an International Color Award in the Photography Masters Cup for the image Derby Doll 2010

“Jeff Gatesman graces Solstice with excellent cinematography not typically seen in independent films.”  -Chicago Independent Magazine

Won a Gold Aurora Award for Amazonas, a documentary shot on location in the Brazilian Amazon 2004
Won a Platinum Telly for Next Opinion, shot on location in Santo Domingo, D.R. for Microsoft.
Honorable Mention from the Advertising Photographers of America for A Quiet Bright Reedsong, a portrait of a Whirling Dervish.

“I don’t know about cinematography, but have you had one of his margaritas after the shoot?” – a satisfied director

He was also the Cinematographer for the documentary film See What I’m Saying, that did this:

  • First production job out of film school was on The Oprah Show
  • Attended film school with Oscar winning cinematographers Mauro Fiore (Avatar) and Janusz Kaminsky (Shindlers List)
  • Member of The International Cinematographers Guild
  • has shot all over the United States and worldwide in Belfast, London, Cambridge, Johannesburg, Taipei, Hong Kong, Prague, Frankfurt, Munich, Dominican Republic and Brazil

For more information see his film credits on his IMDB page.


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