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Emmy-nominated Director of Photography in New York City by way of northern Michigan

Specializing in documentary film and nonfiction premium television

I've filmed documentaries in more than 30 U.S. states and 12+ countries, including India, Nepal, Chile, Antigua + Barbuda, and Peru. My work is often in challenging and hard-to-access environments:

             A lithium mining boom in northern Chile

             January 6 at the U.S. Capitol

             Decaying forests on the Eastern shore from rising sea levels

            • Property development + land right disputes in Barbuda

Photographs published in The New York TimesRolling StonePitchforkWSJMarie ClaireTIME, and on a 200' tall Times Square billboard

I carry an active passport, FAA Part 107 Drone Operator license, and a full camera, lighting, and field audio package.


2023 Emmy Nominee for Outstanding Science, Technology, or Environmental Coverage (Plastic Time Bomb)

2023 GLAAD Awards Winner for Outstanding TV Journalism Segment  (HIV in the Deep South)

2022 Better Cities Film Festival Winner for Best Short Film (Ropes in Brown Hands)



Tel: +1 (231) 409-9462

IG: @luke.pio

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