Robert Richardson (cinematographer)

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Robert Richardson
Born
Robert Bridge Richardson

(1955-08-27) August 27, 1955 (age 63)
Hyannis, Massachusetts, United States
NationalityAmerican
EducationAFI Conservatory
OccupationCinematographer
Years active1982—present
TitleASC
Spouse(s)Monona Wali
Katrine Haberstock
Stephanie Martin
ChildrenKanchan Wali-Richardson
Maya Wali Richardson
Bibi Richardson
Madeleine Martin Richardson
AwardsAcademy Award for Best Cinematography
JFK, 1991
The Aviator, 2004
Hugo, 2011

Robert Bridge Richardson, ASC (born August 27, 1955) is an American cinematographer.[1] He has won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography three times, for his work on JFK, The Aviator,[2] and Hugo. Richardson is and has been a frequent collaborator for several directors, including Oliver Stone, John Sayles, Errol Morris, Quentin Tarantino, and Martin Scorsese. He is one of three living persons who won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography three times, the others being Vittorio Storaro and Emmanuel Lubezki.

Life and career[edit]

Richardson was born in Hyannis, Massachusetts. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Film/Animation/Video and received his MFA from AFI Conservatory. Richardson worked as a camera operator and 2nd unit photographer on such features as Alex Cox's Repo Man, Dorian Walker's Making the Grade and Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street (all in 1984). He also served as cinematographer on TV documentaries and docudramas such as America, America for The Disney Channel, God's Peace for the BBC and PBS' The Front Line: El Salvador. His work in El Salvador led to his meeting Oliver Stone, who hired him to "shoot" Salvador (1986).

Oliver Stone's major motion picture debut was also Richardson's first film as director of photography. Salvador was also filmed the same year as Stone's Platoon. Platoon would earn Richardson his first Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography. In 1987, Richardson reteamed with Stone on Wall Street. In 1988, he filmed Eight Men Out for John Sayles. In 1989, he earned his second Best Cinematography Oscar nomination for Stone's Born on the Fourth of July.

In 1991, Richardson won the first of his Best Cinematography Academy Awards for his work on Stone's JFK; he also shot Stone's The Doors that same year. He worked with Sayles again in 1991 for City of Hope. In 1992, he worked as director of photography on Rob Reiner's A Few Good Men and served as a 2nd unit photographer for Haskell Wexler on To the Moon, Alice, a "Showtime 30-Minute Movie" (for which he was also credited as visual consultant). He began a long working relationship with Martin Scorsese in 1995, beginning with Casino. In 1995, he was cinematographer on Stone's Nixon. In 1997, Richardson photographed Errol Morris's documentary Fast, Cheap and Out of Control as well as filming the majority of Stone's U Turn and serving as director of photography for Barry Levinson's Wag the Dog.

Richardson worked on the 2013 zombie film World War Z, but asked for his name to be taken off the final product. The credited cinematographer is Ben Seresin.[3]

Richardson has four children, Kanchan, Maya, Bibi and Madeleine. His family currently runs the Cape Cod Sea Camps situated on the Cape Cod Bay.[citation needed]

Filmography as cinematographer[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Director Notes
1982 An Outpost of Progress Dorian Walker
1986 Salvador Oliver Stone Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
Platoon Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
1987 Wall Street
Dudes Penelope Spheeris
1988 Eight Men Out John Sayles
Talk Radio Oliver Stone Nominated – Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
1989 Born on the Fourth of July Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – ASC Award for Cinematography
Nominated – Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
1991 The Doors
JFK Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – ASC Award for Cinematography
City of Hope John Sayles
1992 A Few Good Men Rob Reiner Nominated – ASC Award for Cinematography
1993 Heaven & Earth Oliver Stone Nominated – ASC Award for Cinematography
1994 Natural Born Killers
1995 Nixon
Casino Martin Scorsese
1997 U Turn Oliver Stone
Fast, Cheap and Out of Control Errol Morris
Wag the Dog Barry Levinson
1998 The Horse Whisperer Robert Redford Nominated – ASC Award for Cinematography
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
1999 Snow Falling on Cedars Scott Hicks Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – ASC Award for Cinematography
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
Bringing Out the Dead Martin Scorsese Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
2002 The Four Feathers Shekhar Kapur
2003 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Quentin Tarantino Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
2004 Kill Bill: Vol. 2
The Aviator Martin Scorsese Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – ASC Award for Cinematography
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
2006 The Good Shepherd Robert De Niro Nominated – ASC Award for Cinematography
2008 Standard Operating Procedure Errol Morris
2009 Inglourious Basterds Quentin Tarantino Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – ASC Award for Cinematography
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
2010 Shutter Island Martin Scorsese Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
Eat Pray Love Ryan Murphy
2011 Hugo Martin Scorsese Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – ASC Award for Cinematography
Nominated – Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
2012 Django Unchained Quentin Tarantino Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
2015 The Hateful Eight Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
2016 Live by Night Ben Affleck
2017 Breathe Andy Serkis
2018 Adrift Baltasar Kormákur
A Private War Matthew Heineman
2019 Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Quentin Tarantino Post-production

Concert films/documentaries[edit]

Year Film Director Notes
2008 Shine a Light Martin Scorsese
2011 Living in the Material World: George Harrison

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Robert Richardson". The New York Times. Archived from the original on March 23, 2014.
  2. ^ Pavlus, John (January 2005). "High Life". American Cinematographer.
  3. ^ Jagernauth, Kevin (February 3, 2016). "Watch: Robert Richardson Explains Why He Took His Name Off 'World War Z' And More In 58-Minute Cinematographer Talk". IndieWire. Retrieved September 20, 2016.

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