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Kira Kelly, ASC is a two-time Emmy-nominated director of
photography. She received her first Emmy nomination in 2017, for
Netflix’s documentary, 13th, directed and produced by Ava DuVernay,
and her second in 2020, for shooting an episode of HBO’s Insecure.
Kira’s most recent projects include an FX series for which she shot the
pilot. Y The Last Man, based on the acclaimed graphic novel, is set in a
post-apocalyptic world and provided Kelly with the opportunity to
shoot in one of her favorite genres.
Other recent projects include the Netflix limited series Self Made:
Inspired by the Life of Madam CJ Walker, starring Octavia Spencer.
Prior to that she shot three seasons of critically acclaimed Queen
Sugar. Kira’s other television credits include The Red Line for CBS and
the Emmy nominated Hulu show, East Los High. ICG Magazine
featured her work from both shows.
Kelly’s ability to shoot iconic images earned her spots on American
Cinematographer’s Rising Stars of Cinematography, Variety's Top
Cinematographers to Watch, ICG Magazine’s GenNEXT, and two
Emmy nominations. Her commercial clients include Geico, Amazon,
State Farm, Subway, L’Oreal, Zalando, Google, Nike, and more. She
recently advised Google engineers on the development of the Pixel 5
In October 2020, she became the first Black woman invited into the
prestigious American Society of Cinematographers.
Kira is represented by WME. She lives in Los Angeles with her
husband, daughter, and two dogs