Ryszard Lenczewski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈrɨʂard lɛnˈtʂɛfskʲi]; born 5 June 1948) is a Polish film and television cinematographer with more than thirty feature film credits. Lenczewski has been the cinematographer for all four of director Paweł Pawlikowski's feature films. His work (with Łukasz Żal) on Pawlikowski's Ida (2014) has been widely recognized, garnering nominations for both the Academy Award and the BAFTA Award.
In 1974 he graduated from the Cinematography Department of the National Film School in Łódź. In 2005 he obtained a postdoctoral degree in film art, and on 7 October 2010 he was awarded the title of professor. From 2008-2014 he was the deputy dean of the Cinematography Department at the National Film School in Łódź. He has been a member of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the European Film Academy and since 2015 the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
He began working in the film industry as a cinematographer for school etudes and documentaries. In later years he collaborated with such directors as Bogdan Dziworski, Jerzy Domaradzki, Lech Majewski, Janusz Morgenstern, Tadeusz Junak, Laco Adamik, Andrzej Barański, Juliusz Machulski, Izabella Cywińska, Zbigniew Kamiński, Wiesław Saniewski, Grzegorz Królikiewicz, Ryszard Ber, Krzysztof Zanussi, Jacek Bromski, John Crowley, Pawel Pawlikowski, Uri Barbash, Kenneth Lonergan, Rowan Joffé, Joe Wright, Charles Beeson and others.
In 1980 he received an award at the Polish Feature Film Festival in Gdańsk for cinematography for the film Pałac. In 1997 he was awarded a BAFTA Cymru for Wojenna narzeczona, and in 2001 he was nominated for the BAFTA Film Awards for the miniseries Anna Karenina. My Summer of Love brought him the nomination for the European Film Award. In 2004 he received the TV Award of the British Academy in the category of photography and lighting for the movie Charles II: The Power and the Passion.
In 2013, he worked with Łukasz Żal on the award-winning film Ida. The authors of the photographs for this production have been honored, among others Oscar nominations in the category "Best photos" and the British Film Academy Award, as well as the European Film Award, the prize for cinematography at the Gdynia Film Festival, prizes at festivals in Minsk and Bucharest, and Golden Frog at Camerimage. He also received the Spotlight Award from the American Society of Cinematographers.
He was decorated with the Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis in 2013.
A member of the American Film Academy since 2015. In the same year he received the "Golden Camera 300" award for lifetime achievement at the International Festival of Cinematographers in Bitola.
This list of Lenczewski's nominations and awards is based on the listing at the Internet Movie Database.
- 87th Academy Awards in the category of Best Cinematography. Nomination shared with Łukasz Żal.
- European Film Award for Best Cinematographer
Charles II: The Power & the Passion
- BAFTA TV Award, Best Photography and Lighting
My Summer of Love
- European Film Award for Best Cinematographer, nomination
- Strecker, Alexander. "Cinematography: From Still to Movie. Photographs by and interview with Ryszard Lenczewski". LensCulture.[permanent dead link] For the film Ida, Lenczewski created a series of 14 "Sketches" that are reproduced in this article.
- Heuring, David. "Variety's 10 Cinematographers to Watch: Ryszard Lenczewski and Lukasz Zal – 'Ida' Duo Turned Heads With Atypical Framing". Variety.
We chose black and white and the 1.33 frame because it was evocative of Polish films of that era, the early 1960s.” says Lenczewski. “We designed the unusual compositions to make the audience feel uncertain, to watch in a different way.
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