Steven Fierberg, ASC, is an award-winning cinematographer and director, receiving an ASC Award for Best Cinematography and a Latin Grammy.
In 2019, he completed shooting the Golden Globe-winning series The Affair, directing two episodes. He did additional photography on Patty Jenson’s upcoming Wonder Woman 1984 and shot the first season of Darren Star’s new series, Emily in Paris.
A native of Detroit, Fierberg escaped to Stanford University as a National Merit Scholar. He spent his senior year in England in an exchange program with Oxford, studying British drama, film and photography. He then plunged into New York’s underworld of graffiti art and punk noir films, working with Paul Morrissey, Scott and Beth B, and Paul Bartel. At the same time, he apprenticed for Los Angeles cinematographers Adam Greenberg and Dean Cundey.
Fierberg’s movie work has ranged from studio films like Entourage and Love & Other Drugs, directed by Ed Zwick and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway, to such micro-budget indies as Alex Cox’s Repo Chick and Sally Potter’s Rage. He shot the horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, which had the largest August opening of any film in cinema history and introduced Hong Kong-style action filmmaking to America.
Among Fierberg’s favorites are Joel Schumacher’s poignant Twelve; Steven Shainberg’s provocative Secretary, which won the Sundance Festival’s Special Jury Prize for Originality; and his additional photography for Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge!
Alex Cox’s existential road movie, Searchers 2.0, premiered at the Venice and AFI film festivals, winning an ovation for the cinematography. The Hollywood Reporter singled out “stunning visuals captured to mesmeric effect by cinematographer Steven Fierberg.”
His extensive work in television has afforded Fierberg the opportunity to establish the visual tone for HBO’s acclaimed Entourage and How to Make It in America, ABC’s Once Upon a Time, Amazon’s Good Girls Revolt and Showtime’s The Affair, for which he DP’ed the entire series.
He has shot pilots for Darren Star, Bryan Singer, Jason Moore, and Sanaa Hamri. His work on the epic mini-series Attila won the ASC award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography.
Steven won the Latin Grammy for Best Music Video for Robi ‘Draco’ Rosa’s Mas Y Mas. He worked with Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Easy E, Queen Latifah, Fab Five Freddy, Kid Cudi, David Lee Roth, F. Gary Grey, and Tim McGraw.
His short film as a director, Sea Life, premiered at Sundance and Montreal. Sequences were featured on Entourage as the ‘film directed by a genius.’ Fierberg subsequently enrolled and received an MFA in directing from the American Film Institute.
After directing key sequences in the fourth year of The Affair, he was offered two episodes for the final year. These were singled out by the NY Times as the best work of the year. His recently completed feature, How the Light Gets In, will soon premiere on Amazon.
Fierberg has served on the board of the ASC and the screening committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Between projects, he teaches popular workshops such as The Camera & Visual Storytelling at the Maine Media Workshops + College, as well as guest classes at AFI and USC.