Seamus McGarvey

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Seamus McGarvey
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McGarvey filming No.1 Ladies Detective Agency
Born (1967-06-29) 29 June 1967 (age 47)
Armagh, Northern Ireland
Occupation Cinematographer, Director

Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC (born 29 June 1967) is an Irish cinematographer.

Life and career[edit]

McGarvey was born in Armagh, Northern Ireland. He began his career as a still photographer, before attending film school at the University of Westminster in London

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[1] 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.[2] 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.

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Director Other notes
1995 Butterfly Kiss Michael Winterbottom
1997 The Winter Guest Alan Rickman
1999 The War Zone Tim Roth
The Big Tease Kevin Allen
I Could Read the Sky Nichola Bruce
2000 A Map of the World Scott Eliott
High Fidelity Stephen Frears
2000 Enigma Michael Apted
Wit Mike Nichols TV
2002 The Hours Stephen Daldry
2003 The Actors Conor McPherson
2004 Along Came Polly John Hamburg
2005 Sahara Breck Eisner
2006 Destricted Sam Taylor-Wood Segment: Death Valley
World Trade Center Oliver Stone
Charlotte's Web Gary Winick
2007 Atonement Joe Wright Nominated - Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated - American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated - Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated - Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
2008 The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Anthony Minghella TV
2009 The Soloist Joe Wright
Nowhere Boy Sam Taylor-Wood
2011 We Need to Talk About Kevin Lynne Ramsay
2012 Anna Karenina Joe Wright Nominated - Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated - American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
The Avengers Joss Whedon
2014 Godzilla Gareth Edwards
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Sam Taylor-Wood
Pan Joe Wright

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