Robert Richardson

Director of photography, Camera operator
Prior to becoming a regular collaborator with such prominent directors as Oliver Stone and Quentin Tarantino, cinematographer Robert Richardson served his apprenticeship shooting second unit on "Repo Man" (1984) while ... Read more »
Born: 08/27/1955 in Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (39)

The Hateful Eight 2015 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Django Unchained 2012 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Wild Horses 2012 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Hugo 2011 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Eat Pray Love 2010 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Shutter Island 2010 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Inglourious Basterds 2009 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Shine a Light 2008 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Standard Operating Procedure 2008 (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The Good Shepherd 2006 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Kill Bill Vol. 2 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Aviator 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Kill Bill Vol. 1 2003 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Four Feathers 2002 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Bringing Out the Dead 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Mr. Death: the Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr. 1999 (Movie)

cinematography (Cinematographer)

Snow Falling on Cedars 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Horse Whisperer 1998 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Fast, Cheap and Out of Control 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

U-Turn 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Wag the Dog 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Casino 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Nixon 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Natural Born Killers 1994 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Heaven and Earth 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

A Few Good Men 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

City of Hope 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

J.F.K. 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Doors 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Born on the Fourth of July 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Dudes 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Eight Men Out 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Talk Radio 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Wall Street 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Platoon 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Salvador 1986 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Making the Grade 1984 (Movie)

camera operator 2nd unit (Camera Operator)

Repo Man 1984 (Movie)

(Photography)

To the Moon, Alice (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Biography

Prior to becoming a regular collaborator with such prominent directors as Oliver Stone and Quentin Tarantino, cinematographer Robert Richardson served his apprenticeship shooting second unit on "Repo Man" (1984) while filming television documentaries for PBS and the BBC. His television work led Stone to hire him to shoot "Salvador" (1986) and "Platoon" (1986), both of which required a cinéma vérité style that only a documentary cinematographer could offer. From there, he worked almost exclusively for Stone, filming "Wall Street" (1987), "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989) and "The Doors" (1991), while occasionally branching out to shoot films like John Sayles' "Eight Men Out" (1988) and "City of Hope" (1991). But it was his stunning work using a multitude of stock and cameras to create a documentary feel for "JFK" (1991), which earned the cinematographer his first Academy Award. While he sharpened the hyperkinetic style of "JFK" in "Natural Born Killers" (1994), "Nixon" (1995) and "U-Turn" (1997), Richardson was in-demand by other top Hollywood directors like Tarantino and Martin Scorsese, both of whom tapped the director of photography for films like "Bringing Out the Dead" (1999), "Kill Bill, Vol. 1" (2003) and "Kill Bill, Vol. 2" (2004). Richardson earned Oscars two and three for his work with Scorsese on "The Aviator" (2004) and "Hugo" (2011). As he continued to earn acclaim for projects like Tarantino's "Django Unchained" (2012), there was no doubt that Richardson was one of the finest cinematographers working in Hollywood.

Relationships

Anjelica Huston Actor

Companion
Met at a fashion shoot when Huston was still in her teens According to Richardson, they maintained a relationship until the early 1980s

Kanchan Richardson

Daughter
Born in 1990

Maya Richardson

Daughter
Born in 1993

Monona Wali

Wife

EDUCATION

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1979 - 1981
Graduated 1981

University of Vermont

Burlington , Vermont

Rhode Island School of Design

Providence , Rhode Island

AFI Conservatory

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2009

Re-teamed with Tarantino for "Inglourious Basterds"; earned an Oscar nomination for Cinematography

2008

Again re-teamed with Scorsese for "Shine a Light"

2006

Served as the cinematographer for Robert De Niro's "The Good Shepherd"

2004

Third collaboration with Scorsese for "The Aviator"

2003

Served as the cinematographer for Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" (2003) and "Kill Bill: Vol. 2" (2004)

1999

Served as director of photography on Scott Hicks' "Snow Falling on Cedars"; earned fourth Oscar nod for Best Cinematography

1999

Re-teamed with Morris for "Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr."

1999

Re-teamed with Scorsese for "Bringing Out the Dead"

1998

Provided the glorious camerawork for Robert Redford's "The Horse Whisperer"

1997

Re-teamed with Stone for "U-Turn"; unable to complete photography when filming went over the schedule due to a prior commitment to "Wag the Dog"

1997

Served as director of photography for Barry Levinson's "Wag the Dog"

1997

First collaboration with documentary filmmaker Errol Morris, "Fast, Cheap & Out of Control"

1995

Worked as the cinematographer on Stone's "Nixon"

1995

Photographed Martin Scorsese's "Casino"

1992

Served as a second unit photographer with Haskell Wexler on "To the Moon, Alice" ("Showtime); also credited as visual consultant

1992

Worked as director of photography on Rob Reiner's "A Few Good Men"

1991

Re-teamed with Sayles for "City of Hope"

1991

Received Best Cinematography Academy Award for work on Stone's "JFK"; also shot Stone's "The Doors" that year

1989

Garnered second Best Cinematography Oscar nomination for Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July"

1988

First collaboration with John Sayles, "Eight Men Out"

1987

Re-teamed with Stone on "Wall Street"

1986

First film as director of photography, Oliver Stone's feature directorial debut, "Salvador"; also shot Stone's "Platoon" that year, which earned him his first Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography

1984

Served as 2nd unit camera operator on the film "Making the Grade"; credited as Bob Richardson

1984

Shot additional sequences for "Repo Man"

Was cinematographer for segments of the PBS documentary series "Frontline"

Raised on Cape Cod. Massachusetts

Fifth collaboration with Scorsese, "Shutter Island" (filmed in 2008)

Bonus Trivia

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Remembering the cinematic problems presented by one of his favorite locations in "U-Turn" (1997): "The sun would appear in the valley to the east of a very high cliff, and did not rise over [the precipice] until almost 10:50 a.m., so it wouldn't hit the rocks below. Then the sun would go behind the mountain and put the valley in shadow around 3:20 p.m. But we were able to get certain shots before 9 a.m. by moving to another area which got morning light (a half-mile from the principal location)." - Robert Richardson, quoted in American Cinematographer, October 1997

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