Lives in Los Angeles


1984 BA University of San Francisco


Julian Whatley apprenticed as an assistant cameraman–roughly ten years– with leading Hollywood image-makers like David Fincher, Harris Savides, Robert Richardson, John Toll, Dariusz Wolski, and Jan de Bont, on films like Basic Instinct, Lethal Weapon III, Seven, and The Game. He then worked more than twenty years as a Director of Photography. His cinematography highlights include lensing the 2005 Sundance Film Festival best-dramatic-feature award winner Forty Shades of Blue, music videos for Greenday, No Doubt, Avril Lavigne and Korn, along with hundreds of commercials for dozens of Fortune 500 brands.

Julian maintained an art practice throughout, making avant-garde films, as well as landscape and documentary photographs. He recently expanded into oil painting. His artwork explores themes of time, decay and perception.