As an aspiring Cinematographer, I am always watching various forms of media for inspiration or influence. You can always turn to the masters as we have mentioned before. They will always bring inspiration and something to strive for. One of my favorite things to do, is look for the next master. Someone who is on their way to being great and every once in a while, you will see someones process and art that will captivate you and make you an instant fan.
For me, that person is Bradford Young. The name may not be immediately familiar to you, but I can bet you have seen his work. I was introduced to his work by a teacher of mine, who suggested that I watch Pariah (2011). I was immediately drawn to the films visual style and it forced me to seek out the Cinematographer. This is when I stumbled upon Branford Young. His artistic style is greatly inspiring and is someone I have kept my eye on for a few years now. His eye for the exploration of darkness in the scene is something that inspires greatly. His work in Selma (2014) or A Most Violent Year (2014), help showcase his visual style. For me, he is a cinematographer whose work I have continued to seek out. He is amongst the masters in my eyes already and should continue to rise while pairing with his Selma collaborator Ava DuVernay.
The Global Cinematography Institute has a Close-Up series, where they sit down with various cinematographers to discuss various topics. Bradford Young was one of those individuals. I have watched this series multiple times and he provides insight into his process. He also provides advice for Young Cinematographers and what the ideal director is.
I've also included the trailers for Selma and A Most Violent Year. If you haven't seen those films yet, do yourself a favor and watch them.