Janusz Kaminski

Director of photography, Director, 2nd unit photographer
As the director of photography on many of director Steven Spielberg's films, Janusz Kaminski created some of the most lasting and memorable images in cinema history. Whether filming "Schindler's List" (1993) in stark ... Read more »
Born: 06/26/1959 in Poland

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (43)

Bridge of Spies 2015 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Sangre 2014 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Judge 2014 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Broken Night 2012 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Lincoln 2012 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

War Horse 2011 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

How Do You Know 2010 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Funny People 2009 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hania 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull 2008 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2007 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Munich 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

War of the Worlds 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Terminal 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Catch Me If You Can 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Minority Report 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A.I. Artificial Intelligence 2001 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Saving Private Ryan 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Amistad 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Jerry Maguire 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

How to Make An American Quilt 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Little Giants 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Love, Cheat & Steal 1994 (Movie)

(Photography)

Schindler's List 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Star Time 1993 (Movie)

(Camera)

The Adventures of Huck Finn 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

All the Love in the World 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Trouble Bound 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Cool As Ice 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Crackdown 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Pyrates 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Terror Within II 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Unborn 1991 (Movie)

director of photography 2nd unit (Director of Photography)

Grim Prairie Tales 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Streets 1990 (Movie)

director of photography 2nd unit (Director of Photography)

The Rain Killer 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Watchers II 1989 (Movie)

director of photography 2nd unit (Director of Photography)

Transients 1986 (Movie)

(Photography)

Class of '61 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Love, Cheat & Steal (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Wildflower (TV Show)

Director of Photography
Director (4)

The Divide 2014 (Tv Show)

Director

The Event 2011 (Tv Show)

Director

Hania 2008 (Movie)

(Director)

Lost Souls 2000 (Movie)

(Director)
Actor (2)

81st Annual Academy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Hania 2008 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

As the director of photography on many of director Steven Spielberg's films, Janusz Kaminski created some of the most lasting and memorable images in cinema history. Whether filming "Schindler's List" (1993) in stark black-and-white, giving the film a cold documentary feel, or using nausea-inducing, hand-held shots while storming the beaches of Normandy in "Saving Private Ryan" (1998), Kaminski had the unique gift of maintaining an air of realism, while using a wide array of washed-out color schemes, hyperkinetic movement and other visual trickery to draw the audience into the action. A naturally gifted cinematographer, Kaminski had in inauspicious start in Hollywood, making B-movies for low-budget impresario Roger Corman, whose cookie-cutter production facility has been the proving grounds for many later A-list filmmakers. Eventually, with a great deal of resilience and a bit of luck, Kaminski honed his craft to the point where he was noticed by none other than Spielberg. Following "Schindler's List," a stunning and diverse list of achievements with the director followed, among them "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" (2001), "Catch Me if You Can" (2002) and "Munich" (2005). A rare non-Spielberg endeavor, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (2007), earned Kaminski some of the highest accolades of his career, while his reunion with the director on the momentous biopic "Lincoln" (2012) arguably surpassed all that had come before. In the eyes of many, Kaminski had established himself as both the best known and the finest cinematographer of his generation.

Relationships

Holly Hunter Actor

Wife
Married May 20, 1995 Divorced Dec. 21, 2001

Rebecca Rankin Actor

Wife
Married January 12, 2004

EDUCATION

AFI Conservatory

Los Angeles , California 1987
Held a fellowship in cinematography

Columbia College

Chicago , Illinois 1987

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1987

National Film School

Milestones

2007

Filmed "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography

2005

Worked with Spielberg on "Munich" and "War of the Worlds"

2004

Director of photography for Spielberg's "The Terminal"

2002

Once again worked with Spielberg on the sci-fi thriller "Minority Report"

2002

Continued his association with Spielberg on "Catch Me If You Can"

2001

Reteamed with Spielberg for "A.I. Artificial Intelligence"

1999

Feature directorial debut with "Lost Souls," starring Winona Ryder

1997

Reteamed with Spielberg to shoot back-to-back, "The Lost World: Jurassic Park," "Amistad" and "Saving Private Ryan"

1993

Won widespread acclaim and numerous awards for his work on Steven Spielberg's "Schindler's List"

1991

First feature credit as cinematographer, "The Terror Within II"

1991

First TV work, cinematography on the TV-movie, "Wildflowers," directed by Diane Keaton

1990

Was director of 2nd unit photography on several features beginning with "Streets"

1989

Worked as chief lighting technician on the horror anthology film, "After Midnight"

1987

Did the photography for the US short, "Transients/Durchreisende/En transit," directed by Juan Valdivia

1982

Immigrated to the USA

Bonus Trivia

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"He [Steven Spielberg] is very experienced with flashy ideas," Kaminski said. "But on this movie ["Schindler's List"], he would stand back and anaylze the dramaturgy of the movie and the story. We did many hand-held shots. We stayed away from the dolly. We stayed away from anything that would make the film look like a Hollywood production." - Janusz Kaminski, quoted in "A Filmmaker Comes of Age", Daily Variety, Dec. 7, 1993

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"He worked for me as a student in 1986 and 1987, and he was certainly in the group of students that you felt were going to go on and make careers for themselves. He had a really good mix of technical ability and a great personality." - former teacher Charles Celander, production manager in the film and video department at Columbia College, quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times, March 23, 1999

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