A native of Denmark, Bo Bilstrup has been fascinated by movies since childhood. At the age of 16, he bought a second hand analogue camera and experimented with still photography. Through the use of film stock and a black and white enlarger, he went on to learn how to develop film in various ways.
Bo started out working as a gaffer in Copenhagen, learning the art of painting with light. With great skill mastering light and shadow, he moved up and started working as a Director of Photography on a wide variety of films, music videos, commercials, and documentaries. He moved to Los Angeles in 2005 and has since been commuting between LA, Copenhagen, and London to work on numerous projects.
Bo’s work has been nominated for a Kodak Award. He has received grants and accolades for his achievements within his field. His latest film, Nuummioq, was highly praised in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter during screenings at Sundance 2010. The Film was also shortlisted for an Oscar 2011. He is currently in high demand as a cinematographer on both sides of the Atlantic.
Bo has developed his own distinctive style of cinematography with a keen artistic and versatile understanding of the interplay between light and motion. He strives to create an environment of meticulously placed light to illuminate, but never distract from the inner human experience told by the actor and captured by the camera.