Kirsten Johnson

Cinematographer, Citizen Four


Kirsten Johnson is a cinematographer and director. Her short film “The Above” premiered at 2015 New York Film Festival in the The Intercept’s Field of Vision launch. Her most recent camerawork appears in Oscar-winning “Citizen Four”, “Born to Fly: Elizabeth Streb vs Gravity”, “The Wound and the Gift” and “Very Semi-Serious”. Her credits include Academy Award-nominated, “The Invisible War” and Tribeca Documentary winner, “Pray the Devil Back to Hell”. She and Laura Poitras shared the 2010 Sundance Cinematography Award for “The Oath”. Her shooting is featured in “Farenheit 9/11”, Academy Award-nominated “Asylum”, Emmy-winning “Ladies First”, and Sundance premieres: “A Place at the Table”, “This Film is Not Yet Rated”, and “Derrida”. “Deadline”, (co-directed with Katy Chevigny), premiered at Sundance and won the Thurgood Marshall Award. She teaches “Visual Thinking” at the Graduate Journalism Department at NYU and cinematography in the Masters in Film program at SVA. She is currently editing “A Blind Eye”, a documentary that investigates her relationship as a cinematographer to those she films.