Piotr Sobociński

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Piotr Sobociński (1958-2001)

Piotr Sobociński (Polish pronunciation: [ˈpjɔtr sɔbɔˈt͡ɕiɲskʲi]; 3 February 1958 – 26 March 2001) was a cinematographer from Poland. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for Three Colours: Red in 1994. Sobociński was the son of Polish cinematographer Witold Sobociński.

Early life[edit]

Born in 1958, in Łódź, Poland, as a youngster, Sobociński felt led in his father's footsteps.[citation needed] He studied at the National Film School in Łódź and earned his degrees in 1987.


He worked with noted Polish director, Krzysztof Kieślowski in many films, starting with Dekalog (1988) and culminating with Kieślowski's final film, Three Colours: Red (1994), for which Sobociński won his first award the Silver Frog Award at Camerimage, Poland’s International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography and an Oscar nomination also in 1994. In the following year, he won the Golden Frog award for The Seventh Room and, in 1997, received a Golden Frog nomination for Marvin’s Room.

His career hit a peak in the mid-1990s when he was asked by Ron Howard to work on the film Ransom starring Mel Gibson and Rene Russo. However, while filming Trapped (aka 24 Hours) in 2001, he suffered a massive heart attack and died in his sleep in Vancouver, British Columbia,[1] and was buried at the Powazki Cemetery Warsaw, Poland.[2] Hearts in Atlantis, released a few months after his death, and Trapped are dedicated to him.

He was survived by his wife, two sons, a daughter and his father Witold.




  1. ^ Cinematographer Piotr Sobocinski, 43, Dies In Sleep By Beth Laski and Sheigh Crabtree. The Hollywood Reporter, March 27, 2001.
  2. ^ "Piotr Sobociński". Find a Grave. Retrieved October 17, 2010.

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