Sławomir Idziak

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Sławomir Idziak
Slawomir Idziak 2010.jpg
Idziak in 2010
Born (1945-01-25) 25 January 1945 (age 77)
Alma materNational Film School in Łódź
Years active1980 – present
SpouseMaria Gładkowska

Sławomir Idziak (Polish pronunciation: [swaˈvɔmir ˈid͡ʑak]; born 25 January 1945) is a Polish cinematographer and director who has worked on over forty Polish and foreign films. He is especially known for his collaboration with director Krzysztof Kieślowski as well as Ridley Scott and David Yates.

In 2019, the American Society of Cinematographers included Three Colours: Blue shot by Idziak on the list of the best-photographed films of the 20th century.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Idziak was born on 25 January 1945 in Katowice, Poland. In 1969, he graduated from the National Film School in Łódź. He has made fourteen films with Krzysztof Zanussi, including Kontrakt (The Contract), The Constant Factor and A Year of the Quiet Sun. He worked on all the early films of Krzysztof Kieślowski, including his television, feature film and foreign debuts, additionally, the two collaborated on A Short Film About Killing, The Double Life of Véronique and Three Colors: Blue.

He has made films with such directors as Ridley Scott, John Sayles, Michael Winterbottom and John Duigan, and has also written and directed two films himself. He worked on Winterbottom's film I Want You, where he won an Honourable Mention at the 48th Berlin International Film Festival.[2]

He moved to more mainstream films such as Gattaca (1997), Proof of Life (2000), Black Hawk Down (2001), and King Arthur (2004). In 2002, he was nominated for an Academy Award as well as a BAFTA for 'Best Cinematography' in the film Black Hawk Down.

Idziak was the director of photography for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, the fifth film adaptation of J. K. Rowling's popular fantasy series, directed by David Yates. He is also Director of Photography for Battle of Warsaw 1920 - the first of his films, and the first ever Polish-language feature film, to be shot in 3D.

Sławomir Idziak teaches at film schools in Berlin, London and Copenhagen, and also conducts seminars in cinematography in other countries. He is currently working on a Virtual Film Studio Web site called Film Spring Open which gives users an opportunity to present work to global audiences and to make films online. Participants can share ideas, exchange equipment or write scripts together. The aim is to create an international community of filmmakers who will support each other, make films together and will care about the advertising and distribution of their films.

In 2012, he was awarded the Order of Polonia Restituta for his "outstanding achievements for the Polish and world culture"[3] and in 2014, he became the recipient of the Gold Medal for Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Sławomir was married to actress Maria Gładkowska.[5]



Year Title Director Notes
1971 Jeszcze słychać śpiew i rżenie koni... Mieczysław Waśkowski
1975 A Woman's Decision Krzysztof Zanussi
1976 Partita na instrument drewniany Janusz Zaorski
The Scar Krzysztof Kieślowski
1978 Nauka latania Himself Directorial Debut
Co-screenwriter with Zbigniew Brzozowski
1980 The Orchestra Conductor Andrzej Wajda
The Constant Factor Krzysztof Zanussi
1981 From a Far Country [it]
1982 Imperative
1984 Jagger und Spaghetti [de] Karsten Wichniarz
Der Fall Bachmeier – Keine Zeit für Tränen [de] Hark Bohm
A Year of the Quiet Sun Krzysztof Zanussi
1985 Power of Evil
Wie ein freier Vogel Hark Bohm Documentary
1986 Harmagedon - Erään maailman loppu Juha Rosma
Sarah Reginald Puhl
1987 Wygasle czasy Krzysztof Zanussi Documentary
1988 Yasemin Hark Bohm
A Short Film About Killing Krzysztof Kieślowski
Wherever You Are... [pl] Krzysztof Zanussi
1989 Inventory
1991 The Double Life of Veronique Krzysztof Kieslowski
1993 Three Colours: Blue Nominated- César Award for Best Cinematography
1994 Weltmeister Zoran Solomun
Traumstreuner Erwin Michelberger
1995 The Journey of August King John Duigan
Tears of Stone Hilmar Oddsson
1996 Jailbirds Detlev Buck
Lilian's Story Jerzy Domaradzki
1997 Commandments Daniel Taplitz
Men with Guns John Sayles
Gattaca Andrew Niccol
1998 I Want You Michael Winterbottom
1999 The Last September Deborah Warner
Love & Rage Cathal Black
2000 Paranoid John Duigan
Bundle of Joy [de] Detlev Buck
Proof of Life Taylor Hackford
2001 Black Hawk Down Ridley Scott Nominated- Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
2004 King Arthur Antoine Fuqua
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix David Yates
2011 Battle of Warsaw 1920 Jerzy Hoffman
2012 Measuring the World Detlev Buck
2015 A Tale of Love and Darkness Natalie Portman


Year Title Director Notes
1969 Podrózni jak inni Wojciech Marczewski TV short
1970 Cicha noc, swieta noc Marek Piestrak
Góry o zmierzchu Krzysztof Zanussi
1971 Pizama Antoni Krauze
Meta TV film
Co-cinematographer with Edward Kłosiński
1973 Odejscia, powroty Wojciech Marczewski
Andrew Zmijewski
Mini-series, 3 episodes
1974 Przejscie podziemne Krzysztof Kieślowski TV short
1977 Krótka podróz Krzysztof Rogulski TV film
Powrót Filip Bajon
1980 Kontrakt [fr] Krzysztof Zanussi
1981 The Temptation [pl] Krzysztof Zanussi
1982 The Unapproachable [pl] Krzysztof Zanussi
Edward Zebrowski
1984 Bluebeard [pl] Krzysztof Zanussi
1989 Dekalog Krzysztof Kieślowski 1 episode
1990 Kommissarin Goedeke 2 episodes
1991 Napoléon et l'Europe [fr] 2 episodes
1992 The Long Conversation with the Bird [pl] Krzysztof Zanussi TV film

Short films[edit]

Year Title Director Notes
1966 Kazdemu to czego mu wcale nie trzeba Grzegorz Królikiewicz
1967 Zawal serca Wojciech Wiszniewski
1969 Zbrodniarz, który ukradl zbrodnie Janusz Majewski
1976 Niemen Krzysztof Rogulski Documentary short
Klaps Krzysztof Kieslowski Documentary short

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "ASC Unveils List of 100 Milestone Films in Cinematography of the 20th Century". Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  2. ^ "Berlinale: 1998 Prize Winners". berlinale.de. Retrieved 2012-01-16.
  3. ^ "M.P. 2012 poz. 773". Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  4. ^ "Medal Zasłużony Kulturze - Gloria Artis". Retrieved 2019-01-12.
  5. ^ Slawomir Idziak at IMDb, Retrieved July 2016

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