Pawel Edelman was born on June 26, 1958 in Lodz, Poland.
He majored in film studies at the Cultural Studies Department of the University of Lodz and studied cinematography at the PWSFTViT Film School in Lodz, from which he graduated in 1988.
Besides feature films, he makes advertisements and short films.

He worked, among others, with the following directors:

Andrzej Wajda
Roman Polanski
Wladyslaw Pasikowski
Jerzy Stuhr
Steve Zaillian
Taylor Hackford
David Fincher
Errol Morris
Joachim Back