|Born||June 6, 1966|
Kramer Morgenthau, A.S.C. (born June 6, 1966), is an American cinematographer known for his expertise as a visual storyteller in both television and film. The six-time Emmy nominee was director of photography for television projects such as HBO's Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, and Fahrenheit 451. He is also widely known for his work in films such as Respect, The Many Saints of Newark, Creed II and Thor: The Dark World. He is a member of both the Morgenthau family and the Lehman family.
Morgenthau's early career began in New York as a documentary filmmaker, which led to shooting Oscar-winner Allan Miller's Academy Award-nominated film, Small Wonders as well as Sundance Festival feature film, Joe & Joe, which began his years as a festival fixture, shooting seven more features and documentaries that played there. Initially, he was artistically inspired by his family and unique childhood in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His father, Henry Morgenthau III, was a producer of documentaries for the flagship PBS station, WGBH-TV, in Boston and his mother, Ruth, was a Polish Jewish refugee of WWII Vienna, African politics professor and trusted advisor to three American Presidents. It is through them that Morgenthau was first exposed to the importance and influence of film on culture, politics, art and rural development with the family's extensive travel and various documentary location shoots around the globe.
His great-great-grandfather was businessman Mayer Lehman. He has one brother, Henry "Ben" Morgenthau and one sister, Sarah Elinor Morgenthau Wessel. His grandfather was Henry Morgenthau Jr., the U.S. Treasury secretary during the Roosevelt administration. His great-grandfather, Henry Morgenthau, was the ambassador to the Ottoman Empire during World War I; his uncle is Robert M. Morgenthau, Manhattan district attorney for 35 years.
Morgenthau is an active member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the American Society of Cinematographers, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the International Cinematographers Guild. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California with his wife and twin children.
|1994||The Deflowering||Alyce Wittenstein||With Carlo Scialla|
|1998||Itzhak Perlman: Fiddling for the Future||Allan Miller||TV special|
|2005||Blind Justice||Gary Fleder||Episode "Pilot"|
|Over There||Also directed episode "Orphans"|
|2006||The Evidence||Gary Fleder||Episode "Pilot"|
|Saved||Darnell Martin||Episode "A Day in the Life"|
|2008||Life on Mars||Gary Fleder||Episode "Out Here in the Fields"|
|2009||FlashForward||David S. Goyer||Episode "No More Good Days"|
|2010||Boardwalk Empire||Jeremy Podeswa
Tim Van Patten
Simon Cellan Jones
|Episodes "Anastasia, "Family Limitation", "Hold Me in Paradise",|
"The Emerald City" and "A Return to Normalcy"
|2011||The Playboy Club||Alan Taylor||Episode "Pilot"|
|2012||Game of Thrones||Episodes "The North Remembers" and "The Night Lands"|
|Vegas||James Mangold||Episode "Pilot"|
|2013||Sleepy Hollow||Len Wiseman||Episode "Pilot"|
|2017||The Orville||Jon Favreau||Episode "Pilot"|
|1999||The Caseys||Michael Steinberg|
|2002||Untitled Paul Simms pilot||Timothy Van Patten|
|2004||The Five People You Meet in Heaven||Lloyd Kramer|
|2011||Too Big to Fail||Curtis Hanson|
|2018||Fahrenheit 451||Ramin Bahrani|
|2019||American Son||Kenny Leon|
|1995||Synthetic Pleasures||Iara Lee||With Marcus Hahn Toshifumi Furusawa|
|Small Wonders||Allan Miller|
|Varga Girl||Wolfgang Hastert|
|1999||Music Bridges Over Troubled Waters||Marc Cadieux|
|2003||Mayor of the Sunset Strip||George Hickenlooper||With Igor Meglic|
|2004||Three of Hearts: A Postmodern Family||Susan Kaplan||With Sarah Cawley, Samuel M. Henriques and Don Lenzer|
|A Different Kind of Blue||Murray Lerner|
|1997||Monte Hellman: American Auteur||George Hickenlooper|
|The Big Brass Ring|
|1999||American Masters||Joshua Waletsky||Episode "Dashiel Hammett"|
|1998||Busby Berkeley: Going Through the Roof||David M. Thompson|
|The Art of Influence||Deborah Dickson
|With Russell Lee Fine, Wolfgang Held and Frédéric Labourasse|
|2002||Shirtless: Hollywood's Sexiest Men||Elizabeth Meeker|
|2004||The Seinfeld Story||Morgan Sackett|
- "Burn After Reading: Fahrenheit 451". American Cinematographer.
- "Returning to the World of 'The Sopranos'". Variety. October 2021.
- "Henry Morgenthau III obituary". The Washington Post.
- Hevesi, Dennis (12 November 2006). "Ruth S. Morgenthau obituary". The New York Times.
- Morgenthau Family Tree Archived 2015-12-20 at the Wayback Machine; retrieved October 3, 2015.