Hans Charles

Hans Charles
Titles and Organizations

Associate Professor of Cinematography, Film and Video Studies, CVPA


Hans Charles studied cinema at the Los Angeles Film Studies Center and worked for Tracey Edmonds (Soulfood, Set it Off), Bridget Davis (Sister Act II, Hav Plenty) and Patrick Ian Polk (Punks, Noah’s Ark) at Edmonds Entertainment. Later, he pursued his MFA in film at Howard University’s school of communication. While a graduate student, he produced his first feature, Like Water, then developed an eye for cinematography. He has shot for a range of directors, including Spike Lee, Ava DuVernay (Venus Vs.) and Salim Akil (Jumping the Broom, Sparkle) and has worked on several films, including Entre Nos, Pariah, Middle of Nowhere, and Mother of George. They’ve screened at festivals all over the world, including Urban World Film Festival, the New York City Latino Film Festival, OutFest, the Los Angeles Film Festival, the Zanzibar Film Festival, the Black Star film festival, HBO and ESPN. Charles has been a professor of cinematography at Howard University and is currently working on BET network’s new television series, The Start Up.

Hans Charles was recently nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Cinematography for the movie 13TH by Ava Duvernay - Academy Award Nominated and Best Documentary BAFTA / Independent Spirit Awards.

Honors and Awards

  • Emmy Award nominated Cinematographer


  • MFA, Cinematography, Howard University