Andrzej Bartkowiak

Director of photography, Director
Trained at the Polish Film School in his native Lodz, director of photography Andrzej Bartkowiak immigrated to the USA in 1972 and shortly after began working in commercials. He made his feature debut as cinematographer ... Read more »
Born: 11/29/1949 in Poland

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (32)

Trespass 2011 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Gossip 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Thirteen Days 2000 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Lethal Weapon 4 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

U.S. Marshals 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dante's Peak 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Devil's Advocate 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Mirror Has Two Faces 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Jade 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Losing Isaiah 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Species 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Good Man in Africa 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Speed 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Falling Down 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Guilty As Sin 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Rock the Vote 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

A Stranger Among Us 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hard Promises 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Off and Running 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Q&A 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Family Business 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Twins 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Nuts 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Power 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Morning After 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Prizzi's Honor 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Garbo Talks 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Daniel 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Terms of Endearment 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Verdict 1982 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Prince of the City 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Deadly Hero 1975 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)
Director (5)

Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li 2009 (Movie)

(Director)

Doom 2005 (Movie)

(Director)

Cradle 2 the Grave 2003 (Movie)

(Director)

Exit Wounds 2001 (Movie)

(Director)

Romeo Must Die 2000 (Movie)

(Director)

Biography

Trained at the Polish Film School in his native Lodz, director of photography Andrzej Bartkowiak immigrated to the USA in 1972 and shortly after began working in commercials. He made his feature debut as cinematographer on "Deadly Hero" (1976) but did not register with the public until his gritty lensing of more than 100 Manhattan locations for "Prince of the City" (1981), his first collaboration with Sidney Lumet and the second of the director's movies exploring corruption within the NYC police department. As Lumet's director or photography of choice, Bartkowiak worked on 10 of the director's next 11 films over the next 12 years. During this collaboration, he established a reputation for his urban compositions, peaking perhaps with the stark texture of "Q & A" (1990), as close an approximation of black-and-white as a color film can be. He also excelled when asked to bring his camera indoors, earning plaudits for the slick look of "Deathtrap" and solving the riddle of what the director desired for "The Verdict" (both 1982). Lumet wanted as "old" a look as possible, drawing inspiration from a book of Carravaggio's paintings, and Bartkowiak pinpointed what the director had in mind as chiaroscuro and went about providing its strong light source, almost always from the side, countered on the opposite side by no soft fill light, only shadows.

Relationships

Madzia Bartkowiak

Daughter
Born c. 1981 mother, Diane Venora

Diane Venora

Wife
Married from 1980-1989 met during the filming of a TV commercial

EDUCATION

Lodz Film School

Milestones

2011

Shot cinematography for Joel Schumacher directed crime drama "Trespass," starring Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage

2009

Helmed the action film "Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li"

2005

Directed Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson in the feature adaptation of "Doom"

2002

Re-teamed with Jet Li on "Cradle to the Grave"

2001

Directed second feature "Exit Wounds"

2000

Served as director of photography for the Roger Donaldson-directed "Thirteen Days"

1999

Feature directorial debut, "Romeo Must Die" starring Li

1998

First association with Jet Li, served as director of photography on "Lethal Weapon IV"

1997

Re-teamed with Donaldson on "Dante's Peak"

1996

Replaced Dante Spinotti as director of photography for "The Mirror Has Two Faces"; directed by and starring Streisand

1995

First film with director Roger Donaldson, "Species"

1994

Teamed with cinematographer-turned-director Jan De Bont on "Speed"

1993

Last film (to date) with Lumet, "Guilty as Sin"

1988

Shot the comedy "Twins" with Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny De Vito

1987

Was the cinematographer for Martin Ritt's "Nuts"; starred Barbra Streisand

1985

Collaborated with John Huston in "Prizzi's Honor"

1983

Was director of photography for James L. Brook's Oscar-winning Best Picture "Terms of Endearment"

1982

Crafted the exquisite visuals for Lumet's "The Verdict"

1981

Initial collaboration with Sidney Lumet, "Prince of the City"

1976

First U.S. feature as director of photography, "Deadly Hero"

1972

Immigrated to the U.S.

Began working shooting commercials

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