Rodrigo Prieto

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Rodrigo Prieto
Born November 1965 (1965-11) (age 49)
Mexico City, Mexico
Residence Los Angeles, California
Occupation Cinematographer
Spouse(s) Monica
Children 2

Rodrigo Prieto (born November 1965) is a Mexican cinematographer.

Life and career[edit]

Rodrigo Prieto was born in Mexico City, Mexico. His grandfather, Jorge Prieto Laurens, was the mayor of Mexico City and leader of the Chamber of Deputies of Mexico, but was later persecuted by the country's ruler because of political differences. Prieto's grandfather escaped with his family to Texas and then to Los Angeles. There, Prieto's father would spend most of his childhood. He studied aeronautical engineering at New York University, where he met and married Prieto's mother, an art student. Prieto graduated from Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica in Mexico City; He has become an established cinematographer, working with such names as Spike Lee (25th Hour), Curtis Hanson (8 Mile), Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Lust, Caution) and Pedro Almodovar (Broken Embraces.) Nonetheless, his political legacy still has a visible effect on his career. In 2002, he shot Frida, a film about Frida Kahlo, a communist Mexican artist. In 2003, he cooperated with Oliver Stone in two documentary projects: Comandante, about Fidel Castro, and Persona Non Grata, about Yassir Arafat. In 2004, he shot Alexander for Stone. Prieto also worked with Alejandro González Iñárritu on the acclaimed Amores Perros, 21 Grams, Babel and Biutiful. Prieto has most recently formed an artistic collaboration with Martin Scorsese; first on The Wolf of Wall Street and most recently, Silence.[1] [2]

Prieto is noted for his unconventional use of the camera often combined with strong moody lighting. In 25th Hour, Prieto utilized overexposure and other techniques to create original dream-like images to signify that the events shown on screen are memories or visions. Similarly innovative photography could be spotted in Frida, featuring strong colors and sharp imagery blended with atmospheric yellows and browns, as well as his experimental use of infrared during a battle scene in Alexander. He also is interested in evoking naturalism, most evident in The Homesman and Brokeback Mountain [3] [4]

Prieto not only shot Brokeback Mountain, for which he has garnered an Academy Award nomination for Best Cinematography, but appeared in a cameo role within the film as a Mexican gigolo whom Jake Gyllenhaal's character, Jack Twist, meets.

He currently resides in Los Angeles, California with his wife Monica and daughters Maria Fernanda and Ximena.[5]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Director Other notes
2014 The Homesman Tommy Lee Jones
2013 The Wolf of Wall Street Martin Scorsese
2012 Argo Ben Affleck
2011 We Bought a Zoo Cameron Crowe
Water for Elephants Francis Lawrence
2010 Biutiful Alejandro González Iñárritu
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Oliver Stone
2009 Los Abrazos Rotos (Broken Embraces) Pedro Almodóvar
State of Play Kevin MacDonald
2007 Lust, Caution Ang Lee Nominated - Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
2006 Babel Alejandro González Iñárritu Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated - Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
2005 Brokeback Mountain Ang Lee Nominated - Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated - American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Nominated - BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated - Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
2004 Alexander Oliver Stone
2003 Persona Non Grata Oliver Stone
21 Grams Alejandro González Iñárritu
Comandante Oliver Stone
2002 25th Hour Spike Lee
8 Mile Curtis Hanson
Frida Julie Taymor Nominated - American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
2001 Ten Tiny Love Stories Rodrigo García
Original Sin Michael Cristofer
2000 Ricky 6 Peter Filardi
Amores Perros Alejandro González Iñárritu
1998 Fibra Óptica (Optical Fiber) Francisco Athié
Un Embrujo (Under a Spell) Carlos Carrera
1996 Sobrenatural (All of Them Witches) Daniel Gruener
Edipo Alcalde (Oedipus Mayor) Jorge Alí Triana

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