Brian Dawson is a filmmaker, cinematographer and designer based in Brooklyn.
Recently, Brian worked as a cinematographer on The First Wave directed by Matt Heineman, which was shortlisted for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. The First Wave was released by National Geographic Documentary Films and NEON.
Previously, Brian was named a National Geographic Explorer, a Sundance Institute Stories of Change Fellow and held an academic appointment as a Fellow in the Investigative Reporting Program at the University of California, Berkeley.
Brian has worked on projects for Netflix, National Geographic, The New York Times, Vice, Hulu, The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the International Committee of the Red, among others. His work has also been featured in The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The Guardian, Outside Magazine, Al Jazeera and elsewhere.
Brian has worked in the field in China, Democratic Republic of Congo, England, Germany, India, Jordan, Kenya, Nepal, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Switzerland, Uganda, Vietnam and throughout the United States.
He is the recipient of fellowships and grants from the Knight Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation, the Skoll Foundation and National Geographic Society.
Previously, Dawson was a designer at IDEO in San Francisco. Before that he led the design of a venture-backed startup in New York City.
He grew up the youngest of four in northern New York, the son of a forestry professor.