Victor Tadashi Suarez

Victor Tadashi Suarez is a four-time Emmy-nominated documentary director of photography based in Chicago. He is a new generation of DP; one that travels light, with a small footprint. Often running his own sound, he prefers to work as a one-man band, to be as stealthy as possible. A ninja, a dancer, the human slider*, always on the hunt for the best light. Always motivated to wake up early for sunrise and run late into the night. 

His camera rigs are unorthodox in their minimalism - optimized for small size, endurance, and simplicity, guided by a belief that using new technology in new ways will create a new visual form for cinema. He was one of the first to embrace aerial drone photography, and is currently FAA licensed and insured as a drone operator. 

 He has shot for PBS Frontline, National Geographic, and Fault Lines, the flagship documentary program on Al Jazeera English. Victor has covered the protests in Ferguson and Baltimore and the disappearance of the 43 students in Mexico. Some of the places he's filmed: Afghanistan, the DRC, Myanmar, India, the Arctic Circle, Rwanda, and many many more.

 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. 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.

 

*Words used by producers to describe Victor's shooting style