Episode 54 - Clair Popkin


Clair Popkin is an award winning cinematographer based between NYC and LA.  He works in all media formats from documentaries & films to commercials, music videos and TV series. He has shot the film “Free Solo” which won the Academy Award in 2019 for Feature documentary. His work on Free Solo was nominated for a primetime Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography. He won a critics choice award for Best Cinematography in 2019 as well as a Cinema Eye award for Outstanding Cinematography. 

Clair has shot numerous other documentaries including the Sundance Audience Award winner  Jim: The James Foley Story (HBO 2016) as well as Other documentaries for HBO on subjects including Warren Buffet, Bryan Stevenson, Martin Luther King Jr. and John McCain.  Clair was a DP on Netflix's Acclaimed documentary series Abstract: the Art of Design.

Clair has worked on numerous narrative films and TV shows throughout his career. He has shot commercial projects for numerous brands and clients including, Target, Apple, Walmart, and Toyota

Clair is an avid rock climber, skydiver and scuba diver with extensive experience filming outdoor and adventure sports.