Nelson was planning a career in studio art when the New York independent film scene exploded in the mid 80's. Inspired, he enrolled at NYU Graduate School of Film and Television where he won the Johnson Fellowship Award.

Nelson's training in narrative film and the fine arts guides his approach to all cinematography. An apt collaborator, Nelson taps into his background to define the essence of the story and craft a visual language to best express it.

Nelson has shot projects for HBO, PBS, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, The Sundance Channel, The BBC, The IFC and many more. Nelson is excited by the continual evolution of filmmaking and the opportunity to find new ways to tell a story.

CV available upon request.