Stephen McCarthy

Cinematographer

Cinematographer
Stephen McCarthy is a director of photography whose thirty year career has spanned the width and breadth of non-fiction filmmaking. His work appears regularly in prime time documentary series including PBS's American Experience, American Masters, Frontline, Nova and P.O.V. as well as HBO's “YoungArts Masterclass"​ Stephen has served as cinematographer for two recent Emmy-nominated PBS series: "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” and “Your Inner Fish,” based the best-selling book by evolutionary biologist Neil Shubin. He has also photographed the Peabody- and Emmy-award-winning series "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross”; two seasons of HBO Family's Emmy-nominated "Masterclass” and three seasons of PBS’s "Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr."​ Mr. McCarthy's photography has also been featured in “Whitey: United States of America v. James J. Bulger"​ as well as both "War of the Worlds” and “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” for PBS’s The American Experience. Forthcoming projects include "Mass Extinction: Life at the Brink” for the Smithsonian Channel and “Ruby Rige to the Oklahoma City Bombing” for The American Experience. Also in the works is a far-reaching documentary about Alzheimer’s Disease for PBS Nova. Stephen is a visiting lecturer on cinematography at Boston University, Rhode Island School of Design, The Maine Media Workshops and MIT's graduate program in science writing. He lives in Boston.