John Bailey (cinematographer)
|President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences|
August 8, 2017 – August 7, 2019
|Preceded by||Cheryl Boone Isaacs|
|Succeeded by||David Rubin|
John Ira Bailey
August 10, 1942
Moberly, Missouri, U.S.
|Residence(s)||Los Angeles, California, U.S.|
|Alma mater||Loyola University (Loyola Marymount University)|
USC School of Cinematic Arts
|Occupation||Cinematographer, film director|
John Ira Bailey, ASC (born August 10, 1942) is an American cinematographer and film director 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. He was succeeded by casting director David Rubin in August 2019.
John Ira Bailey was born August 10, 1942, in Moberly, Missouri, and raised in Norwalk, California. He attended Pius X High School in Downey, California, and briefly studied chemistry at Santa Clara University before transferring to Loyola University, Los Angeles, where he graduated with a bachelor degree in 1964. He earned a graduate degree from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) in 1968.
Bailey spent 11 years apprenticing as a crew member with cinematographers such as Vilmos Zsigmond and Néstor Almendros, working on 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, 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 worked on numerous comedy films such as Groundhog Day, As Good as It Gets, and The Producers. He is a veteran documentary cameraman.
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.
As director of photography
- The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (1991)
- China Moon (1994)
- Mariette in Ecstasy (1996)
- Via Dolorosa (2000) (stage play)
- NSync: Bigger Than Live (2001) (short film)
Awards and nominations
|1985||Cannes Film Festival||Best Artistic Contribution||Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters||Won|||
|1988||Independent Spirit Award||Best Cinematography||Tough Guys Don't Dance||Nominated|
|1994||CableACE Award||Television Special||The Search for Signs of
Intelligent Life in the Universe
|Directing in a Comedy Special||Nominated|
|1999||Camerimage||Golden Frog Award||Forever Mine||Nominated|
|2001||Society of Operating Cameramen||President's Award||—||Won|
|2015||American Society of Cinematographers||Lifetime Achievement Award||—||Won|
|2018||Society of Operating Cameramen||Governor's Award||—||Won|
|2019||Camerimage||Lifetime Achievement Award||—||Won|||
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- Rottenberg, Josh (August 6, 2019). "David Rubin elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
- "John Bailey with Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award!". Camerimage. August 22, 2019. Retrieved April 7, 2020.
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- Featured Alumni, Loyola Marymount University
- Notable Alumni, USC School of Cinematic Arts Archived August 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
- "John Bailey". IMDb.
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