Though he may not be a household name yet, Bradford Young is a cinematographer to know. Even before becoming director of photography on the upcoming Solo, Young had already built up an impressive body of work. From Arrival and Mother of George to Selma and Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, he leaves his singular visual mark on each film. In the first installment of our new series, "Language of the Image," we examine the stylistic touches that make Young so unique, including his deft usage of close-ups and color, all of which serve to validate Young’s contention that each frame in a movie is sacred. 

Eager to explore the art of cinematography? Check out our profile on essential women cinematographers and the worst Oscar omissions for cinematography, or our interview with Christopher Doyle, whose work includes Ruined Heart, streaming now on Fandor.