Rachel Morrison Wiki: Everything To Know About The ‘Black Panther’ Cinematographer

Up and coming cinematographer Rachel Morrison is known for Fruitvale Station, Sound of My Voice, Dope, and Mudbound. Check out her Oscars 2018 nod and net worth.

Rachel Morrison- Cinematographer

Rachel Morrison grew up in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Rachel Morrison graduated from Concord Academy, then attended New York University. At NYU Rachel Morrison majored in film and photography. Rachel Morrison eventually set her sights on cinematography. After Rachel Morrison finished at NYU she attended the AFI Conservatory and completed a Masters degree in fine arts. Rachel Morrison debut film was a documentary that aired on television. Then she jumped to other independent works like Palo Alto. After Palo Alto, she worked on the famous reality show The Hills. Most of the films Rachel Morrison worked on debuted at the Sundance Film Festival. Rachel Morrison photographed Cake by Dan Barnz and then Dope. Rachel Morrison also worked on Fruitvale Station and Sound of My Voice. Rachel Morrisons first chance to direct was for an episode of the television show American Crime. Rachel Morrison was the first woman to win the Award for Best Cinemaphotographer via the New York Film Critics for her movie Mudbound. Mudbound also got Rachel Morrison a nomination for outstanding achievement and nominated for an Oscar for Best Cinematography. Most recently Rachel Morrison has been working on the most anticipated superhero movie of all time, Black Panther. Rachel Morrison is the cinematographer. Rachel Morrison is not only good at her job, but she is a great photographer as seen on her Instagram page. She also posts photos that show art depictions from the movies she works on that aren’t available anywhere else.

Rachel Morrison is setting the bar for awards and the movie world in general. She doesn’t understand why there aren’t more woman cinematographers, stating: “It’s a job that basically is combining empathy with channeling emotion into visual imagery. It’s everything women do well, I think,” she said. “I could never quite understand why there aren’t more of us.” “I just hope that they’re patient and persistent,” Morrison said, “so when we get to the next level, you’ll see just as many women DPs and as there are men. And maybe someday we can stop referring to them as women DPs because they’ll be closer to a 50-50 representation.” “One of the things I think is pretty common for most cinematographers is we like to fade into the background. We’re behind the camera for a reason,” she said. “So I’ve had to get over my fear of public speaking and accept that I’m going to have terrible pictures of me all over the internet and be OK with it.”

Black Panther

Everyone in the United States has most likely heard about the upcoming Marvel film Black Panther. Its one of the most highly anticipated and has been predicted to be one of the most popular movies of its kind. It opens February 15th of 2018 for most of the USA though it already premiered in California. Rotten Tomatoes has already given it a 98% rating and most critics have enjoyed it also. Black Panther is produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Black Panther was directed by Ryan Coogler and stars Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis.

Black Panther cast at Comic Con

From the left side of the photo to the right: Producer Kevin Feige, director Ryan Coogler, and actors Lupita Nyong’o, Michael B. Jordan, Danai Gurira, and Chadwick Boseman. This panel was discussing and taking questions about the movie, which opens in February.


Mudbound is a period piece that is set at the end of World War Two. It shows the story of two soldiers returning home to the south, one black and one white. Though the location they live is the same, and the place and experiences they had were similar, the way they were treated in the racist south when they returned led to even more struggles. The story follows both of their journies on dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and racism. Featured in Mudbound: Carey Mulligan, Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Jason Mitchell, and Mary J. Blige.

Rachel Morrison net worth and awards

Rachel Morrison’s net worth is no surprise considering the numerous movies she has worked on. Rachel Morrison’s net worth will most likely skyrocket with the success of Black Panther. Currently, her net worth is $11 Million.

Rachel Morrison has won several awards. In 2013 she won the Honoree Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards: Kodak Vision Award, then in 2017, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematographer for the movie Mudbound. Rachel Morrison was most recently nominated for the 2018 American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases and the 2018 Academy Award for Best Cinematography. Both are still pending.

The Oscars 2018 will be packed with firsts. Rachel Morrison is the first woman nominated for a cinematography job. Other firsts onclude oldest nominated actor- Christopher Plummer and Mary J. Blidge for getting a nomination for supporting actress and song.