Stephen Goldblatt

Director of photography, Photojournalist, Print editor
Director of photography Stephen Goldblatt has created palettes and tapestries that are visually delectable, exhibiting a bold approach to cinematography. He earned his first Academy Award nomination for "The Prince of ... Read more »
Born: 04/29/1945 in South Africa


Camera, Film, & Tape (29)

The Intern 2015 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Get On Up 2014 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Help 2011 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief 2010 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Julie & Julia 2009 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Charlie Wilson's War 2007 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Rent 2005 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Closer 2004 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Deep End of the Ocean 1999 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Batman & Robin 1997 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Striptease 1996 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Batman Forever 1995 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Pelican Brief 1993 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Consenting Adults 1992 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

For the Boys 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Prince of Tides 1991 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Joe Versus the Volcano 1990 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Lethal Weapon 2 1989 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Everybody's All American 1988 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Lethal Weapon 1987 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Young Sherlock Holmes 1985 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Cotton Club 1984 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Hunger 1983 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Outland 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

The Return of the Soldier 1981 (Movie)

(Director of Photography)

Breaking Glass 1980 (Movie)


The Alternative Miss World 1979 (Movie)

(Lighting Director)

Angels in America (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Conspiracy (TV Show)

Director of Photography
Actor (1)

Cinematographer Style 2005 (Movie)



Director of photography Stephen Goldblatt has created palettes and tapestries that are visually delectable, exhibiting a bold approach to cinematography. He earned his first Academy Award nomination for "The Prince of Tides" (1991), in which he created for director Barbra Streisand a lulling, inviting and enveloping aura in the Carolina sequences which contrasted to the abusive horrors of the children's lives, and made the subsequent screeching lighting understandable. His work on his second Oscar-nominated effort, "Batman Forever" (1995), moved in yet another direction, with a flashy color scheme and contrasts of light and shadows which, while not as dark as the first film in the series, nevertheless bowed to expressionism.

Born in South Africa and raised in Britain from age seven, Goldblatt began his career as a news photographer, including work for the LONDON SUNDAY TIMES, and later specializing in shooting rock stars, including The Beatles at the peak of their popularity. He ran Anthony Armstrong-Jones' studio in Pimlico for three years before attending the Royal College of Art Film School. Upon graduation, he went to work shooting documentaries and animation, much of it in 16mm. Among his assignments were two "Disappearing World" episodes for Granada TV. From 1972-75, Goldblatt worked shooting TV commercials for such directors as Hugh Hudson, Alan Parker, Ridley Scott, and Brian Gibson. It was with Gibson that Goldblatt first got his chance to serve as d.p. on a feature, "Breaking Glass" (1980). His second effort, "Outland" (1981), made life on Jupiter seem sumptuous. Other work quickly followed, including Tony Scott's "The Hunger" (1983), and by 1987, Goldblatt had moved to Hollywood where he shot "Lethal Weapon" and its first sequel. Subsequent films included "The Pelican Brief" (1993), in which the lighting bespeaks of the inner sadness and inevitability of Julia Roberts' life. His work on "Striptease" (1996) continued the bold style, now adding a dimension of contrasting whiteness. Goldblatt returned to the "Batman" fold with "Batman and Robin" (1997).


Royal College of Art

studied three years



Picked up Emmy nomination for work on the HBO drama "Conspiracy"


Reteamed with Schumacher for "Batman and Robin"


Earned second Oscar nomination for "Batman Forever", directed by Joel Schumacher


Earned first Oscar nomination for "The Prince of Tides"


Served as cinematographer on "Lethal Weapon", directed by Richard Donner


Photographed first feature film, "Breaking Glass"


Was director of photography on TV commercials for directors such as Ridley Scott, Hugh Hudson, and Alan Parker

By age 18 was news photographer; specialized in photos of rock stars

Immigrated to England at age 7

As 16mm cameraperson, shot documentaries, including the "Disappearing World" series

Ran Anthony Armstrong-Jones' photo studio for three years

Bonus Trivia


Goldblatt on "Batman Forever" to DAILY VARIETY, February 23, 1996: "It's an extravagant opera. It borders on excess, which inevitably causes problems . . . I scared myself to death on this film."


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