Abraham Joffe has won the Milli for Australian Cinematographer of the Year

Video highlights from Tales By Light

For his work on National Geographic's Tales By Light

Joffe’s reputation as a cinematographer is renowned. Internationally acclaimed, his documentaries and photography reveal a world of individual and intricate beauty. His work on Tales By Light is no exception.

Canon Master Joffe directed, produced and filmed the six-part series, Tales By Light for National Geographic which offered a rare insight into the eyes and minds of some of Australia and the world’s best photographic storytellers including Art Wolfe, Richard L’Anson and Darren Jew. The first episode: "Darren Jew Submerged" won the ACS National Gold Tripod award, putting Joffe in the running for the Milli Award. 

This film is a very special one to me as it marked the beginning of the Tales by Light journey. It was the first episode in the ongoing series that shines a light on the motivations and craft of some of the world’s greatest photographers.

Joffe started his career at 18 working for the late filmmaker and adventurer Malcolm Douglas in the far reaches of Western Australia. He has since travelled with his 4K camera to all seven continents in search of snow leopards, tribesmen and elusive blue whales.

Abe Joffe in TongaImage: Abe Joffe in Tonga, source: Darren Jew

Part of a long list of achievements, Joffe founded the Untitled Film Works production company in 2000.  But winning the Milli Award, he describes is, “one of the biggest highlights of my career to date”.

The Australian Cinematographers Society was founded in 1958 and has a membership of over 1,200 Australia wide. The Milli Award is the highest honour you can receive from the Society. Last year’s award went to cinematographer John Seale for Mad Max: Fury Road. For any cinematographer, this is a huge honour.

Since I was a boy I have craved to have an adventurous life with a camera in hand. This award is a huge vote of confidence to keep chasing that dream.

Header: Darren Jew

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