Rachel Morrison is an American cinematographer. For her work on Mudbound , Morrison earned a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography, making her the first woman ever nominated in that category. She has twice worked with director Ryan Coogler, first on Fruitvale Station then on Black Panther .Early lifeMorrison took up photography at a young age. She grew up in a Jewish family in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and graduated from Concord Academy in 1996. She then attended New York University, where she completed a double major in film and photography because she was unable to choose between the two; by the end of her degree, she had decided to concentrate on cinematography. She then attended the AFI Conservatory's graduate cinematography program and graduated with a Master of Fine Arts in 2006.CareerMorrison began her career in television, working on series and telefilms for a number of networks.