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Janusz Kaminski

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Academy Award-winning cinematographer and movie director whose function included pictures for Saving Personal Ryan and Schindler’s List. He escaped to america after Poland’s perfect minister announced martial legislation. He received the Academy Honor for Greatest Cinematography for Schindler’s List and Keeping Personal Ryan. He was wedded to Holly Hunter from 1995 to 2001. He was nominated for any Greatest Cinematography Oscar for the film Lincoln, which starred Daniel Day time Lewis.

Quick Facts


Date Of Birth June 27, 1959
Place Of Birth Ziebice, Poland
Profession Cinematographer
Education Columbia College Chicago, AFI Conservatory
Nationality Polish, American
Spouse Rebecca Rankin, Holly Hunter
Parents Marian Kaminski, Jadwiga Celner
Awards Academy Award for Best Cinematography, BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography, Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography, Satellite Award for Best Cinematography, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominations American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases, César Award for Best Cinematography, News & Documentary Emmy Award for New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle & Culture, Polish Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Movies Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, War Horse, Bridge of Spies, Lincoln, Minority Report, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, The BFG, Catch Me If You Can, Munich, A.I. Artificial Intelligence, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, War of the Worlds, Amistad, Lost Souls, The Terminal, The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn, The Judge, Jerry Maguire, Cool as Ice, Ready Player One, Funny People, How to Make an American Quilt, Little Giants, Class of '61, The Adventures of Huck Finn, Grim Prairie Tales, Pyrates, Tall Tale, The Rain Killer, Trouble Bound, Killer Instinct, Hania, Broken Night, Wildflower, How Do You Know, The Post, Indiana Jones 5, The Dictator, Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, Mission Zero
Star Sign Cancer

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#Fact
1Of his four Oscar nominations and two wins, only one film in which he was the cinematographer wasn't directed by Steven Spielberg. The movie in question was The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007), directed by Julian Schnabel.
2Roomed with Mauro Fiore when both were training as cinematographers. Along with friends Wally Pfister and Phedon Papamichael, all four apprenticed as cinematographers on various Roger Corman low budget films in the early days of their careers.
3The very first cinematographer to present an award at the Academy Awards. He did so in 2009 (with James Franco and Seth Rogen) when Spielzeugland (2007) won the Best Short Film/Live Action Oscar.
4Was a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) from 1994 until his resignation in 2006.
5Member of jury at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2006.
6His first name is pronounced "Ya-nush". A common misconception is that its pronunciation is the same as the mythical figure Janus.
7After Schindler's List (1993), he started recruiting Columbia College Chicago undergraduate students to work on his and Steven Spielberg's films as production assistants and grips in the camera department.
8He is the cinematographer for most of Steven Spielberg's movies.
9Took up film making as a profession at Columbia College after immigrating to the U.S. at 21.
10He attended Columbia College Chicago from 1982 to 1987 and earned his BA in Cinematography. Then transfered to The American Film Institute, where he earned his Masters Degree.


Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ready Player One2018post-production
The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara2017director of photography pre-production
The BFG2016director of photography
Bridge of Spies2015
The Judge2014
Broken Night2013Short
Lincoln2012director of photography
War Horse2011director of photography
The Adventures of Tintin2011cinematography consultant, uncredited
How Do You Know2010director of photography
Funny People2009director of photography
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull2008director of photography
Hania2007
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly2007
Mission Zero2007Short
Munich2005director of photography
War of the Worlds2005director of photography
Jumbo Girl2004Short
The Terminal2004director of photography
Catch Me If You Can2002director of photography
Minority Report2002director of photography
A.I. Artificial Intelligence2001photographed by
Saving Private Ryan1998director of photography
Amistad1997director of photography
The Lost World: Jurassic Park1997director of photography
Jerry Maguire1996
How to Make an American Quilt1995director of photography
Tall Tale1995
Little Giants1994
Schindler's List1993director of photography
Mad Dog Coll1993
Class of '611993TV Movie
The Adventures of Huck Finn1993
Trouble Bound1993
All the Love in the World1992
Killer Instinct1991as Jennifer Stoltz
Wildflower1991TV Movie
Cool as Ice1991director of photography
Pyrates1991
The Terror Within II1991director of photography
The Rain Killer1990
Grim Prairie Tales: Hit the Trail... to Terror1990
Lady America1986

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Write the Future2010TV Short guest cinematographer
The Sunday Man2007Short set photographer
Armageddon1998additional cinematographer - uncredited
Love, Cheat & Steal1993director of photography: additional photography
One False Move1992director of photography: second unit - as Janesz Kaminsky
Pyrates1991camera operator
To Die Standing1991additional photographer
Watchers II1990director of photography: second unit
Streets1990second unit director of photography
After Midnight1989chief lighting technician
Dance of the Damned1989gaffer
Stripped to Kill 2: Live Girls1989gaffer
Saturday the 14th Strikes Back1988gaffer
Not of This Earth1988gaffer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Postcard Killings2017pre-production
American Dreampost-production
The Divide2014TV Series 1 episode
Making a Scene2013Short
The Event2011TV Series 1 episode
Hania2007
Lost Souls2000

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Dreamstory post-production

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
American Dreamexecutive producer post-production

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nothing in Common1986intern - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Obce Niebo/Strange Heaven2015thanks
Indiana Jones 4: Pre-production2008Video short special thanks
Indiana Jones 4: The Return of a Legend2008Video short special thanks
The Loneliness of the Short-Order Cook2007TV Short special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
A Case of the Cold War: Bridge of Spies2016Video documentary shortHimself
Berlin 1961: Re-Creating the Divide2016Video documentary shortHimself
Spy Swap : Looking Back on the Final Act2016Video documentary shortHimself
Advanced Filmmaking2014TV Series documentaryHimself
The Greatest Ever War Films2014TV Movie documentaryHimself - Director of Photography, War Horse / Schindler's List
And the Oscar Goes To...2014TV Movie documentaryHimself - Director of Photography
The 85th Annual Academy Awards2013TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Cinematography
Miradas múltiples (La máquina loca)2012DocumentaryHimself
IC Places Hollywood2012TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
A Cinematic Life: The Art & Influence of Conrad Hall2010Video shortHimself
The Future According to Steven Spielberg: An Interactive Guide to 'Minority Report'2010Video documentary shortHimself
The Fabulous Picture Show2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Built for Speed: A Look Back at 'Vanishing Point'2009Video shortHimself
The 81st Annual Academy Awards2009TV SpecialHimself - Co-Presenter: Best Live Action Short Film
Indiana Jones 4: Pre-production2008Video shortHimself
Production Diary: Making of 'The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull'2008Video documentaryHimself
Nasi w Hollywood - po obu stronach kamery2008TV Movie documentary
The 80th Annual Academy Awards2008TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Cinematography
Standing on the Shoulders of Kubrick: The Legacy of 20012007Video documentary shortHimself
The Visions of Stanley Kubrick2007Video documentary shortHimself
Munich: Portrait of an Era2006Video shortHimself
Munich: The Experience2006Video documentary shortHimself
Munich: The On-Set Experience2006Video shortHimself
'War of the Worlds': Production Diaries, East Coast - Beginning2005Video documentary shortHimself
'War of the Worlds': Production Diaries, West Coast - Destruction2005Video documentary shortHimself
'War of the Worlds': Production Diaries, West Coast - War2005Video documentary shortHimself
Ben-Hur: The Epic That Changed Cinema2005Video documentaryHimself
The 100 Greatest War Films2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Landing: Airport Stories2004Video documentary shortHimself
Take Off: Making 'The Terminal'2004Video documentary shortHimself
HBO First Look1997-2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Making 'Saving Private Ryan'2004Video documentary shortHimself
Inside 'The Terminal'2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
'Catch Me If You Can': Behind the Camera2003Video documentary shortHimself
'Minority Report': The Players2002Video documentary shortHimself
Deconstructing Precrime and Precogs2002Video shortHimself
Deconstructing the Spyder Sequence2002Video shortHimself
The Stunts of 'Minority Report'2002Video documentary shortHimself
The World of 'Minority Report': An Introduction2002Video documentary shortHimself
Lighting AI2002Video shortHimself
Film Genre2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Amistad'1999Video documentary shortHimself
The 71st Annual Academy Awards1999TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Cinematography
Return to Normandy1998Video documentaryHimself
The 70th Annual Academy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Cinematography
Making the 'Lost World'1997Video documentaryHimself
The 3th Annual Women in Hollywood Awards1996TV SpecialHimself
The 66th Annual Academy Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Cinematography
Intimate Portrait1993TV Series documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Closing: Team Indy2008Video shortHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsCinematographer of the YearBridge of Spies (2015)
2012Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest CinematographyWar Horse (2011)
2012IOFCP AwardInternational Online Film Critics' PollBest CinematographyLincoln (2012)
2011NTFCA AwardNorth Texas Film Critics Association, USBest CinematographyWar Horse (2011)
2011Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest CinematographyWar Horse (2011)
2010Franklin J. Schaffner AwardAmerican Film Institute, USA
2008Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest CinematographyLe scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
2007BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest CinematographyLe scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
2007Golden FrogCamerimageMain CompetitionLe scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
2007Vulcain Prize for the Technical ArtistCannes Film FestivalLe scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
2007LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest CinematographyLe scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
2007Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest CinematographyLe scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
2007Best CinematographyStockholm Film FestivalLe scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
2002Atlas AwardCamerimage
2002Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsOutstanding Achievement in Cinematography
2000Da Vinci Cinematographer's AwardPalm Springs International Film Festival
1999OscarAcademy Awards, USABest CinematographySaving Private Ryan (1998)
1999DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest CinematographySaving Private Ryan (1998)
1999FFCC AwardFlorida Film Critics Circle AwardsBest CinematographySaving Private Ryan (1998)
1999OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest CinematographySaving Private Ryan (1998)
1999OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest CinematographySaving Private Ryan (1998)
1998ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest CinematographySaving Private Ryan (1998)
1998BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest CinematographySaving Private Ryan (1998)
1998Sierra AwardLas Vegas Film Critics Society AwardsBest CinematographySaving Private Ryan (1998)
1998LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest CinematographySaving Private Ryan (1998)
1998Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest CinematographyAmistad (1997)
1994OscarAcademy Awards, USABest CinematographySchindler's List (1993)
1994BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest CinematographySchindler's List (1993)
1994CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest CinematographySchindler's List (1993)
1994DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest CinematographySchindler's List (1993)
1994NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest CinematographySchindler's List (1993)
1993BSFC AwardBoston Society of Film Critics AwardsBest CinematographySchindler's List (1993)
1993Best Cinematography AwardBritish Society of CinematographersSchindler's List (1993)
1993LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest CinematographySchindler's List (1993)
1993NYFCC AwardNew York Film Critics Circle AwardsBest CinematographerSchindler's List (1993)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest CinematographyBridge of Spies (2015)
2016ASC AwardAmerican Society of Cinematographers, USAOutstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical ReleasesBridge of Spies (2015)
2016Best Cinematography AwardBritish Society of CinematographersBest Cinematography in a Feature FilmBridge of Spies (2015)
2015Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest CinematographyBridge of Spies (2015)
2014CinEuphoriaCinEuphoria AwardsBest Cinematography - International CompetitionLincoln (2012)
2013OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Achievement in CinematographyLincoln (2012)
2013BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest CinematographyLincoln (2012)
2013ASC AwardAmerican Society of Cinematographers, USAOutstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Feature FilmLincoln (2012)
2013Critics Choice AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsBest CinematographyLincoln (2012)
2013GFCA AwardGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Best CinematographyLincoln (2012)
2013Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsCinematographyLincoln (2012)
2013OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest CinematographyLincoln (2012)
2013OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest CinematographyLincoln (2012)
2012OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Achievement in CinematographyWar Horse (2011)
2012BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest CinematographyWar Horse (2011)
2012EDA AwardAlliance of Women Film JournalistsBest CinematographyWar Horse (2011)
2012COFCA AwardCentral Ohio Film Critics AssociationBest CinematographyWar Horse (2011)
2012CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest CinematographyLincoln (2012)
2012GFCA AwardGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Best CinematographyWar Horse (2011)
2012HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest CinematographyLincoln (2012)
2012OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest CinematographyWar Horse (2011)
2012PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest CinematographyLincoln (2012)
2012Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest CinematographyLincoln (2012)
2011CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest CinematographyWar Horse (2011)
2011HFCS AwardHouston Film Critics Society AwardsBest CinematographyWar Horse (2011)
2011WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest CinematographyWar Horse (2011)
2008OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Achievement in CinematographyLe scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
2008ASC AwardAmerican Society of Cinematographers, USAOutstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical ReleasesLe scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
2008Best Cinematography AwardBritish Society of CinematographersLe scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
2008CésarCésar Awards, FranceBest Cinematography (Meilleure photographie)Le scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
2008Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsCinematographyLe scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
2008INOCAInternational Online Cinema Awards (INOCA)Best CinematographyLe scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
2008OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest CinematographyLe scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
2008OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest CinematographyLe scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
2007CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest CinematographyLe scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
2007ICP AwardIndiewire Critics' PollBest CinematographyLe scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
2007SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest CinematographyLe scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
2006CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest CinematographyMunich (2005)
2006IOMAItalian Online Movie Awards (IOMA)Best Cinematography (Miglior fotografia)Munich (2005)
2003CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest CinematographyMinority Report (2002)
2003OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest CinematographyMinority Report (2002)
2003OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest CinematographyMinority Report (2002)
2003PFCS AwardPhoenix Film Critics Society AwardsBest CinematographyMinority Report (2002)
2003Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest CinematographyMinority Report (2002)
2002AFI AwardAFI Awards, USACinematographer of the YearArtificial Intelligence: AI (2001)
2002CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest CinematographyArtificial Intelligence: AI (2001)
2002OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest CinematographyArtificial Intelligence: AI (2001)
2002OFCS AwardOnline Film Critics Society AwardsBest CinematographyArtificial Intelligence: AI (2001)
2001ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest CinematographyArtificial Intelligence: AI (2001)
1999BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest CinematographySaving Private Ryan (1998)
1999ASC AwardAmerican Society of Cinematographers, USAOutstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical ReleasesSaving Private Ryan (1998)
1999Best Cinematography AwardBritish Society of CinematographersSaving Private Ryan (1998)
1999CFCA AwardChicago Film Critics Association AwardsBest CinematographySaving Private Ryan (1998)
1999Chlotrudis AwardChlotrudis AwardsBest CinematographySaving Private Ryan (1998)
1999Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest CinematographySaving Private Ryan (1998)
1998OscarAcademy Awards, USABest CinematographyAmistad (1997)
1998ASC AwardAmerican Society of Cinematographers, USAOutstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical ReleasesAmistad (1997)
1998Golden FrogCamerimageSaving Private Ryan (1998)
1998OFTA Film AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest CinematographyAmistad (1997)
1997ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest CinematographyAmistad (1997)
1994ASC AwardAmerican Society of Cinematographers, USAOutstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical ReleasesSchindler's List (1993)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2011DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest CinematographyWar Horse (2011)
2011SLFCA AwardSt. Louis Film Critics Association, USBest CinematographyWar Horse (2011)
2008ICS AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsBest CinematographyLe scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
2008NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest CinematographyLe scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
2007DFWFCA AwardDallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association AwardsBest CinematographyLe scaphandre et le papillon (2007)
1999NSFC AwardNational Society of Film Critics Awards, USABest CinematographySaving Private Ryan (1998)


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#Quote
1I think there is more to cinematography than talking about cameras and film stock. It's like talking to a costume designer about what kind of sewing machine they use.
2Truly, when you look at a horse, there are no emotions in its eyes. They don't blink, they don't smile and they don't get sad. They just get tired.

#Trademark
1Cinematographer of Steven Spielberg's movies ever since Schindler's List (1993)..
2Heavy pro-mist filters to bloom around highlights
3Pushes film stock to achieve heavy grain
4Uses fog and intense light streaming through windows to create shafts of light

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