Chris Bierlein’s career in photography began while in his early teens, schooled by his Grandfather in his basement darkroom. His introduction to cinematography came in NYC in the the late 80’s while assisting fashion photographer/director Arthur Elgort, who would frequently bring film cameras along on fashion shoots for a little extra coverage. This led to a rich experience of operating and lighting for the moving image. After leaving this essential training ground, Chris spent a few years in London shooting stills for record labels and music publications after which he returned to New York to concentrate solely on shooting film. One of his first jobs was assisting DP Matthew Libatique ASC during the production of Darren Aronofsky’s “Pi”, for which Chris also shot many of the second unit and pickup shots.
Chris’ subjects have ranged from documentaries and art films to fashion, beauty and jewelry commercials. He has also shot music videos, live performances and a number of food-related TV series. Clients include Tiffany and Co, Coach, L’Oreal, Maybelline, Bausch & Lomb, Macy’s and many more. Recent documentary projects include glass artist William Morris, Dave Brubeck, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mercer and the Broadway production of Wicked.