Ernest Roscoe Dickerson was born in Newark, New Jersey, USA on June 25, 1951. He graduated from Howard University, a Historically Black college in Washington, D.C., and later met filmmaker Spike Lee while both of them were attending New York University's Film School. He taught film classes at Howard University's School of Communications and has frequently worked as a cinematographer on many of Spike Lee's early movies.

Member of the American Society of Cinematographers since 1990.

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