Victor Tadashi Suarez is a five-time Emmy-nominated documentary director of photography based in Chicago. In 2014, he was among the first film crews to arrive in Ferguson following the death of Michael Brown. Since then, he has DP'd over forty documentary films for PBS Frontline, National Geographic, and Fault Lines, the flagship documentary program on Al Jazeera English. Victor has also covered the protests in Standing Rock and the disappearance of the 43 students in Mexico. Some of the places he's filmed: Afghanistan, Congo (DRC), Myanmar, India, the Arctic Circle, Rwanda, and many many more.
Victor is known for his unique shooting style: capturing beautiful coverage with a sense of movement, intentionality, and a strong point of view. Combined with the very best camera technology today, his visuals set a standard for verite documentary cinematography.
Victor owns an Arri Alexa Mini, Canon C300 mark ii, Sony A7s ii, and DJI Inspire 2 drone. He speaks Spanish, and is Hostile Environment Training Certified. FAA Section 507 licensed and insured for commercial drone operation. He graduated from Columbia University in New York, where he studied Economics-Philosophy and History. In between shoots, he likes to rock climb and take photos of dogs.