Kamiński in 2014
|Born||Janusz Zygmunt Kamiński
June 27, 1959
|Alma mater||Columbia College Chicago (B.A., 1987)
AFI Conservatory (M.F.A., 1987)
|Occupation||Cinematographer, film director|
|Spouse(s)||Holly Hunter (1995–2001)
Rebecca Rankin (2004–10)
Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2008
Janusz Zygmunt Kamiński (Polish: [ˌjanuʂ kaˈmiɲskʲi]; born June 27, 1959) is a Polish cinematographer and film director who started his career in the United States. He rose to fame in the 1990s with Schindler's List (1993). He has established a partnership with Steven Spielberg, working as a cinematographer on his movies since 1993. He won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan (1998). In recent years, Kamiński has also moved into the field of directing.
Life and career
Kamiński was born in Ziębice, Poland, the son of mother, Jadwiga Celner, and father, Marian Kaminski. He emigrated at the age of 21—after Prime Minister Jaruzelski imposed martial law in 1981—to the United States.
He attended Columbia College in Chicago from 1982 to 1987, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree, taking up film making as a profession before transferring to the AFI Conservatory, where he graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree.
Kamiński was first discovered by Steven Spielberg in 1991. After seeing the television film Wildflower, Spielberg hired Kamiński to shoot Class of '61, a television film in which Spielberg served as producer.
He twice won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography in the 1990s, for Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan. He has been nominated four additional times for Amistad, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, War Horse and Lincoln. In 2010, he was awarded the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal by the AFI Conservatory.
- Grim Prairie Tales (1990)
- The Rain Killer (1990)
- The Terror Within II (1990)
- Wildflower (1991)
- Cool as Ice (1991)
- Killer Instinct (1991)
- Pyrates (1991)
- Mad Dog Coll (1992)
- Schindler's List (1993)
- Class of '61 (1993)
- The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993)
- Trouble Bound (1993)
- Little Giants (1994)
- How to Make an American Quilt (1995)
- Tall Tale (1995)
- Jerry Maguire (1996)
- The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
- Amistad (1997)
- Saving Private Ryan (1998)
- A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)
- Minority Report (2002)
- Catch Me If You Can (2002)
- Jumbo Girl (2004)
- The Terminal (2004)
- War of the Worlds (2005)
- Munich (2005)
- Hania (2007)
- The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007)
- Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
- Funny People (2009)
- How Do You Know (2010)
- The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn (2011)
- War Horse (2011)
- Lincoln (2012)
- The Judge (2014)
- Bridge of Spies (2015)
- The BFG (2016)
- Ready Player One (2018)
- Lost Souls (2000)
- Hania (2007)
- American Dream (2011)
- Nothing in Common (1986)
- Dance of the Damned (1988)
- Stripped to Kill II: Live Girls (1989)
- To Die Standing (1990)
- Watchers II (1990)
- Pyrates (1991)
- One False Move (1992)
- Love, Cheat & Steal (1993)
- Armageddon (1998)
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