John Bailey (cinematographer)
John Ira Bailey
August 10, 1942
Moberly, Missouri, U.S.
|Occupation||Cinematographer, film director|
|Title||President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences|
Carol Littleton (m. 1972)
|Awards||Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Artistic Contribution|
CableACE Award for Dramatic or Theatrical Special
|Honours||ASC Lifetime Achievement Award|
John Ira Bailey (born August 10, 1942) is an American cinematographer and film director best known for his collaborations with directors Paul Schrader, Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Apted, and Ken Kwapis. In August 2017, Bailey was elected President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for a four-year term.
Life and career
He earned a graduate degree from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts in 1968. He spent eleven years apprenticing as a crew member under the likes of Vilmos Zsigmond and Néstor Almendros, and worked on such films as Two-Lane Blacktop, The Late Show, 3 Women, Winter Kills, and Days of Heaven. He earned his first credit as director of photography for Boulevard Nights, which was followed by Ordinary People and American Gigolo.
In 1985, Bailey shared the Cannes Film Festival Best Artistic Contribution Award with Eiko Ishioka and Philip Glass for Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters. He was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography for Tough Guys Don't Dance and the Camerimage Golden Frog Award for Best Cinematography for Forever Mine. He is a Member of the American Society of Cinematographers and Member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1987. He since worked on numerous comedy films such as Groundhog Day, As Good as It Gets, and The Producers. He is a veteran documentary cameraman, and has worked on several.
Bailey's credits as a director include The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, China Moon, Mariette in Ecstasy, and Via Dolorosa. Bailey has been married to film editor Carol Littleton since March 1972.
|1991||The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe||Televised stage show|
|1996||Mariette in Ecstasy|
|2000||Via Dolorosa||Stage adaptation|
Awards and nominations
- 1985 Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Artistic Contribution: Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (with Philip Glass & Eiko Ishioka)
- 1994 CableACE Award for Dramatic or Theatrical Special: The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (with Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner & Paula Mazur)
- 2001 Society of Operating Cameramen President's Award
- 2015 American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award
- 1994 CableACE Award for Directing in a Comedy Special: The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe
- 1999 Camerimage Golden Frog Award: Forever Mine
|Non-profit organization positions|
Cheryl Boone Isaacs
| President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences