Tony Burns Director of Photography

Bio, Credits


Tony is an accomplished Director of Photography (NY/LA local). Burns has extensive experience working with international directors and crews. He has a deserved reputation for working creatively but quickly, squeezing the maximum visual impact from any budget while being careful to satisfy the director's vision.


Tony was born in Northern England, and attended Leeds University, graduating with a BA in Photography. Fist working as an advertising photography asst at various large studios then moving on to shoot as a 'stringer' at local TV news department. Eventually securing a position in the BBCs acclaimed Film Department (in Manchester and London).

During his 4 year stint at the BBC he was involved in the copious projects and MacGuyver-like attitude that prevailed at the BBC and it set set him in good stead for a move to New York City in 1999. So, armed with a visa and a brand new title of "Director of Photography," Tony spent the next two years shooting for various production and network TV companies until in 2002, when he co-founded a production company called Headfirst. the outfit specialized in creating television promos and for the Discovery and Sci-Fi Channels also campaigns for agencies like Fallon, FCB, Euro RSCG, Wieden and Kennedy, and Publicis.

Despite Headfirst's initial success, Tony couldn't deny his ever-increasingly itchy eye, and he returned to the camera in 2002, vowing never to leave again.

Since, he's shot campaigns for the likes of Evian, a series of spots for the Sundance film festival featuring Robert Redford, Steven Soderberg, Paul Tomas Anderson and John Waters. Films for "Orange is the New Black" (A Netflix Original Show), "CopDoc," an award winning TV comedy series, Celebrity fashion and food spots for Conde Nast.

More recently (2019) he lensed a feature "Bride In The Box" Shot on location in Maine / NYC directed by Doug Bost and a Mars Bar Commercial directed by C Modono.

Tony Burns Portrait


Conde Nast - Netflix - 20th Century Fox - HBO - IDEO SanFrancisco - BBC (London) - Virgin Records US - Fox Searchlight - MadeMan - JWT (London) - Sundance Film Festival - Jill Greenberg Studio - Showtime Networks - BMB (NY) - Tantrum Productions (London) - Break Media LA, - VOGUE USA / British VOGUE -


Victoria Secret 'Angels' / Terminal Legacy - Feature Film / Rent Control - Fox Searchlight TV/ No Country For Old Yeller - Short Film / The Weight - Short Film Director Nicholas Jareki / SWIPE - Fox Searchlight / Lets Big Happy! - Fox Series TV - Director B. Colthurst /

'Orange Is The New Black' Promo - Netflix / AOL ('Lifeification') - Promo / 'Daily Show' Cast - Glamour Magazine / Bryers Ice Cream ('King Kong') Commercial /The Whitest Kids You Know Feature Film Promo / Evian ('Naked') - Commercial / USCF "Georgia" - Commercial / Showtime "Brace Yourself" - Station Promo / Kate Bosworth - Vogue magazine / Shonda Rhimes & Pilot Pens Commercial /