McGarvey filming No.1 Ladies Detective Agency
29 June 1967 |
Armagh, Northern Ireland
Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC (born 29 June 1967) is an Irish cinematographer.
Life and career
Upon graduating in 1988 he began shooting short films and documentaries, including Skin, which was nominated for a Royal Television Society Cinematography Award, and Atlantic, directed by Sam Taylor-Wood, nominated for the 1998 Turner Prize. He also photographed and directed over 100 music videos, for such artists as U2, The Rolling Stones, PJ Harvey, Robbie Williams, Sir Paul McCartney, Dusty Springfield and Coldplay. In 1998, the British Society of Cinematographers invited McGarvey to join. In 2004 he was awarded the Royal Photographic Society's prestigious Lumiere medal for contributions to the art of cinematography. His credits as a cinematographer include Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center, starring Nicolas Cage, The Hours, directed by Stephen Daldry, starring Nicole Kidman, Meryl Streep and Julianne Moore, for which he earned the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Technical/Artistic Achievement; the action-adventure film Sahara, starring Matthew McConaughey and Penélope Cruz, for which he won the Irish Film and Television Award for Best Cinematography; Along Came Polly, starring Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston; High Fidelity, directed by Stephen Frears, starring John Cusack; Wit, starring Emma Thompson, directed by Mike Nichols; Enigma, directed by Michael Apted; The War Zone, directed by Tim Roth; Butterfly Kiss; The Winter Guest; The Actors; A Map of the World; Charlotte's Web; Atonement, for which he has received an Academy Award nomination (2008),a BAFTA nomination (2008) and the Technical Achievement award in the Evening Standard British Film Awards for 2007 and won the 2008 Irish Film and Television Award for Best Cinematography; A 2007 television advert for Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle campaign; and The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency directed by Anthony Minghella. In 2008 he shot The Soloist for director Joe Wright in Los Angeles.
He shot Nowhere Boy for director Sam Taylor-Wood and reunited with director Joe Wright for the short film Cut. He shot the acclaimed Lynne Ramsay film We Need to Talk About Kevin, starring Tilda Swinton, in New York and Connecticut for which he won the 2012 Irish Film and Television Award for Best Cinematography. He shot The Avengers for director Joss Whedon which is the third biggest grossing movie of all time. In 2012 he shot Anna Karenina for Joe Wright, receiving an Oscar nomination. In 2013 he photographed Godzilla for director Gareth Edwards. 50 Shades of Grey directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson is his most recent movie. He is following this with the Warner Bros. film PAN for Joe Wright.
- Ballinger, Alexander; New Cinematographers (2004) ISBN 978-1-85669-334-9
- Staff (23 April 2010). ""We Need to talk About Kevin" starts filming this week". HollywoodNews.com. Retrieved 24 April 2010.
- Seamus McGarvey at the Internet Movie Database
- American Cinematographer Article
- Moving Image Arts website: Detailed interview with Seamus McGarvey