Farhad Ghaderi


Farhad is a Mexican-Iranian cinematographer and director currently residing in Vancouver, BC, and every so often in Mexico City.

What was your latest book discovery? What are your favorite books of all time?

My all-time favorites books are One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez and The Open Veins of Latin America by Eduardo Galeano...aaand if I'm completely honest...the Harry Potter series...hehe
The latest book I got was White Teeth by Zadie Smith...Haven't read it yet though hehe. 
There's also this crazy book called Codex Seraphinianus. Mindblowing.

Most visited blogs, websites? : 

These days I go on Booooooom very frequently as well as Nowness. Although I'm currently taking suggestions to expand the echo chamber!
Before I used to go on the Wandering DP a lot to listen to interviews of the most exciting emerging cinematographers out there.

What apps do you use the most and why?

Instagram... it's honestly like Linkedin for filmmakers and creatives.
Moment (It's an App that tracks how much time you spent on your phone) Pretty handy if you want to spend less time on Instagram haha.

Whats currently on your playlist?

Lo Que Siento by Cuco 
Social Sites by Cosmo Pyke 
Foolsong by Still Woozy
Save Me by Rhye
Tenemos Que Hablar by Bad Bunny...lol
So Lonely by The Police
Las Transeúntes by Jorge Drexler
I Get Overwhelmed by Dark Rooms
Virtuous Circle by Jordan Klassen
Sí Señor by Control Machete
Yes Mama by Missy D
Love Really Hurts Without You by Billy Ocean
Won't You Come Over by Devendra Banhart 
Your Arms Around Me by Jens Lekman
Tú Sí Sabes Quererme by Natalia Lafourcade
Says by Nils Frahm

What records would you recommend to hear?

9 by Damien Rice 
Musas (Un Homenaje al Folcore Latinoamericano en Manos de Los Macorinos) by Natalia Lafourcade 
The Touch of Your Lips by Chet Baker
Twin Solitude by Leiff Vollebekk

Fresh movie finds? What films do you think everybody should watch?

Fresh Finds: 
We The Animals
Happy as Lazzaro 

Everyone should watch:
Amour (Michael Haneke)
Incendies (Denis Villeneuve)
120 BPM (Robin Campill)
The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson)
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi)
The Road to el Dorado ...

Which artists working today do you admire most?

Guillermo del Toro. A trailblazer for an entire generation of filmmakers alongside Iñarritu and Cuarón. Unlike them though, he is humble. Something rare in the film world.
Damien Rice. My favorite sad boi. His music will always have a special place in my heart. 
Ai Weiwei. Who doesn't like Ai Weiwei's work? 
Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. His work is incredibly powerful and has been an important figure in First Nations art and activism. 
Sebastiao Salgado. Not only one of the most prolific photographers of our times, but the man is also a committed activist and educator. 
Bradford Young. His work is elegant, unapologetic and exciting. Some of the freshest insights into the current affairs of cinematography come from him.

What are some of your tv top tips right now?

When They See Us
Sharp Objects
Master of None

Who are you following?

I follow my friends and also a lot of strangers who I've never met but whose work I like. An interesting mix of empathy and apathy every time I go on social media.

What tools do you use in your work?

The camera that I use the most is the Alexa Mini
My favorite lenses are the Cooke Panchros and Kowa Anamorphics
My go-to light is the Litegear LiteMat 4
My MacBook Pro...I spend way too much time typing on this thing.

What magazines / newspapers do you read regularly?

American Cinematographer. Most technically informative piece of paper a cinematographer can get out there.

What are your favorite gadgets?

My Nikon F3HP, it's one of the best 35mm still film cameras ever made in my opinion. 
I also have a lil Olympus Mju II that fits in my pocket. I carry it wherever I can.


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