EnergaCamerimage, the film festival focused on cinematography, will crown director Hype Williams with its award for achievement in music video. The annual festival, celebrating its 30e edition, will take place from November 12 to 19 in Torun, Poland.
Williams has collaborated with a who’s who of top artists and bands including The Notorious BIG, 2Pac, Missy Elliott, Nicki Minaj, Mary J. Blige, Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Beyoncé, DMX, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez. He will be present at Camerimage to receive the award.
Having worked at the forefront of hip-hop and global pop culture since the late 1980s, Williams has also created multiple photography and advertising campaigns in the fashion world, such as Love Advent, Conde Nast publications, Marc Jacobs and Marc Jacobs Beauty. He also did the cover for the September 2017 fashion issue of In Style magazine.
Williams is the winner and nominee of awards from entities such as the Grammys, Billboard Music Awards, NAACP Image Awards, BET Awards and MTV Awards.
Williams’ versatile style is of particular interest to cinematographers, which includes fisheye lenses, split screens, aerial and tracking shots that move in multiple directions, slow motion and deep focus.
(Photo credit: Hype Williams)