Alik Sakharov

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Alik Sakharov
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Alik Sakharov
Born (1959-05-17) May 17, 1959 (age 56)
Tashkent, former USSR
Occupation Television director
Years active 1985–present

Alik Sakharov (Russian: Aлик Сахаров) (born May 17, 1959)[1] is a Soviet-born American television director. A former Director of Photography, he is an active member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).

Early life[edit]

Sakharov was born in Tashkent, former USSR and lived there the first seven years of his life. When he turned eight, Sakharov was moved to Moscow. He spent the next fourteen years of his life there.

Sakharov moved to the United States in 1981, settling in the New York City area. He became a naturalized US citizen in 1988.


In 1985, Sakharov entered the U.S. film scene as director of The Russian Touch—a topical documentary about the Russian people comprising the third wave of immigration to the United States. In 1992, he directed a silent short film Pausa[2]—a visual meditation dedicated to the memory of the great poet of cinema Andrei Tarkovsky.

Sakharov began sharing the responsibilities of a lighting cameraman in 1985 in the New York industrial video scene, eventually progressing to shooting music videos, commercials, narrative films.

He served as Director of Photography on numerous feature films, as well as a formidable number of programs for network television and premium cable, most notably for HBO with such projects as The Sopranos (38 episodes), Rome (9 episodes), Sex and The City, Game of Thrones.

As a member of the Sopranos creative ensemble, Sakharov was honored twice (in 2002[3] & 2004[4]) by the American Film Institute's A Year of Excellence Award.[5]

In 2004 Sakharov earned the 19th Annual ASC Awards[6] nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in a single camera category for The Sopranos episode "Long Term Parking."

In 2007 Sakharov won the Primetime Emmy Award[7] for Outstanding Cinematography for the Rome episode "Passover".


Since 2006 Sakharov has worked primarily (and from 2010 exclusively) as a television director, with credits including:


  1. ^ "Alik Sakharov". Internet Encyclopedia of Cinematographers. 
  2. ^ alik sakharov (April 19, 2011). "PAUSA (1992) trailer". Vimeo. 
  3. ^ "AFI Awards 2002". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on 2004-02-11. Retrieved April 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ "AFI Awards 2004". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on 2005-06-03. Retrieved April 18, 2012. 
  5. ^ "AFI Awards 2011". American Film Institute. 
  6. ^ "Past ASC Awards". The American Society of Cinematographers. 
  7. ^ Mesger, Robin (September 8, 2007). "59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards" (PDF). Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. 

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