Janusz Zygmunt Kamiński (Polish: [ˌjanuʂ kaˈmiɲskʲi]; born June 27, 1959) is a Polish cinematographer and film director who started his career in the United States. He rose to fame in the 1990s with his work on Schindler's List (1993). He has established a partnership with Steven Spielberg, working as a cinematographer on his movies since 1993. He won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan (1998). In recent years, Kamiński has also moved into the field of directing, first with the horror film Lost Souls, and later television series like The Event and The Divide.
Kamiński in 2014
Janusz Zygmunt Kamiński
June 27, 1959
|Alma mater||Columbia College Chicago (B.A., 1987)|
AFI Conservatory (M.F.A., 1987)
|Occupation||Cinematographer, film director, television director|
|Organization||American Film Institute|
(m. 1995; div. 2001)
(m. 2004; div. 2010)
Kamiński was born in Ziębice, Poland, the son of mother, Jadwiga Celner, and father, Marian Kaminski. In 1981, he emigrated to the United States at the age of 21 after Prime Minister Jaruzelski imposed martial law.
He attended Columbia College in Chicago from 1982 to 1987, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree, taking up filmmaking as a profession before attending to the AFI Conservatory, where he graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree. He worked under cinematographer Phedon Papamichael, first as a gaffer, then as chief lighting technician, and eventually second unit director of photography. He shot numerous B-movies for directors Roger Corman and Katt Shea, as well as the romantic musical comedy Cool as Ice, starring Vanilla Ice.
Kamiński was first discovered by Steven Spielberg in 1991. After seeing the television film Wildflower, Spielberg hired Kamiński to shoot Class of '61, a television film in which Spielberg served as producer.
He twice won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography in the 1990s, for Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan. He has been nominated four additional times for Amistad, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, War Horse and Lincoln. In 2010, he was awarded the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal by the AFI Conservatory.
|1986||Lady America||Nick Gaitatjis|
|1990||Grim Prairie Tales||Wayne Coe|
|1991||The Terror Within II||Andrew Stevens|
|Killer Instinct||David Tausik||as Jennifer Stotlz|
|Cool as Ice||David Kellogg|
|Wildflower||Diane Keaton||Television film|
|1993||Trouble Bound||Jeffrey Reiner|
|Class of '61||Gregory Hoblit||Television film|
|The Adventures of Huck Finn||Stephen Sommers|
|Schindler's List||Steven Spielberg||Won:
|1994||Little Giants||Duwayne Dunham|
|1995||Tall Tale||Jeremiah S. Chechik|
|How to Make an American Quilt||Jocelyn Moorhouse|
|1996||Jerry Maguire||Cameron Crowe|
|1997||The Lost World: Jurassic Park||Steven Spielberg|
|1998||Saving Private Ryan||Won:
|2001||A.I. Artificial Intelligence||Nominated for:|
|2002||Minority Report||Nominated for:|
|Catch Me If You Can|
|Jumbo Girl||Daniel Curran||Short film|
|2005||War of the Worlds||Steven Spielberg|
|2007||The Diving Bell and the Butterfly||Julian Schnabel||Won:
|2008||Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull||Steven Spielberg|
|2009||Funny People||Judd Apatow|
|2010||How Do You Know||James L. Brooks|
|2011||The Adventures of Tintin||Steven Spielberg|
|2014||The Judge||David Dobkin|
|2015||Bridge of Spies||Steven Spielberg||Nominated for:|
|2018||Ready Player One|
|Chun-Li||Steven Klein||Music video|
|1988||Not of This Earth||Jim Wynorski||Zoran Hochstätter||Gaffer|
|Saturday the 14th Strikes Back||Howard R. Cohen||Levie Isaacks|
|1989||Lords of the Deep||Mary Ann Fisher||Austin McKinney||Uncredited;|
Director of 2nd Unit Photography
|Stripped to Kill II: Live Girls||Katt Shea||Phedon Papamichael||Gaffer|
|Dance of the Damned|
|After Midnight||Ken Wheat
|Chief lighting technician|
|1990||Streets||Katt Shea||Director of 2nd Unit Photography|
|Watchers II||Thierry Notz||Edward J. Pei|
|1992||One False Move||Carl Franklin||James L. Carter|
|Star Time||Alexander Cassini||Fernando Argüelles||Director of Additional Photography|
|1993||Love, Cheat & Steal||William Curran||Kent L. Wakeford|
|1998||Armageddon||Michael Bay||John Schwartzman|
|2000||Lost Souls||Mauro Fiore||As director|
|2011||The Event||Feliks Parnell||As director
|2014||The Divide||Robert Aschman|
British Society of Cinematographers Award for Best Cinematography
St. Louis Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematographer
The Academy Award for Best Cinematography is an Academy Award awarded each year to a cinematographer for work on one particular motion picture.American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
The following is a list of those who have won the American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatrical Releases. The award is given by the American Society of Cinematographers.Amistad (film)
Amistad is a 1997 American historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, based on the true story of the events in 1839 aboard the slave ship La Amistad, during which Mende tribesmen abducted for the slave trade managed to gain control of their captors' ship off the coast of Cuba, and the international legal battle that followed their capture by the Washington, a U.S. revenue cutter. The case was ultimately resolved by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1841.
Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins, Djimon Hounsou, and Matthew McConaughey had starring roles. David Franzoni's screenplay was based on the book Mutiny on the Amistad: The Saga of a Slave Revolt and Its Impact on American Abolition, Law, and Diplomacy (1987), by the historian Howard Jones.BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
This is a list of winners and nominees for the BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography, which is presented to cinematographers, given out by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts since 1963.Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
The Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography is one of several categories presented by the Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA), an association of professional film critics, who work in print, broadcast and online media, based in Chicago. Since the 3rd Chicago Film Critics Association Awards (1990), the award is presented annually, except in 1994. The nominations from 1991 and 1993 are not available. The first Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography went to Dean Semler for his work on Dances with Wolves. The most recent recipient of this award is Alfonso Cuarón for Roma.Roger Deakins is the cinematographer with the most nominations (12); those have resulted in 3 wins. Emmanuel Lubezki has the most wins (4) from 8 nominations, while Janusz Kamiński also has 8 nominations, but has only resulted in 1 win. Other notable achievers include Robert Richardson (7 nominations, 2 wins) and Michael Ballhaus (4 nominations, 1 win). Five cinematographers have been nominated multiple times, but never received the award. Those include Conrad Hall, Robert Elswit, and Claudio Miranda; Mandy Walker was the first female cinematographer to have received a nomination for the award. The 16th Chicago Film Critics Association Awards (2003) saw all 15 cinematographers who worked on Winged Migration nominated for Best Cinematography, while the 17th Chicago Film Critics Association Awards (2004) was the first to result in a tie. In 2007, Deakins received two nominations for his work on The Assassination of Jesse James and No Country for Old Men, the first time a cinematographer has been nominated twice in one year.Class of '61
Class of '61 is a 1993 American war drama television film produced by Steven Spielberg as a projected television series about the American Civil War. It focused on men who were classmates at West Point and separated by the war between the North and the South. Filmed in Charleston, South Carolina and Atlanta, this work was the first collaboration between Spielberg and cinematographer Janusz Kamiński.Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography
The Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography is one of the awards given to people working in the motion picture industry by the Broadcast Film Critics Association at their annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards. It was first presented in 2009.Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
The Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography is an award presented by the Dallas–Fort Worth Film Critics Association. It is given in honor of a cinematographer who has delivered an outstanding achievement in film.Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
The Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Screenplay is an annual award given by the Houston Film Critics Society.List of Polish Academy Award winners and nominees
This is a list of Polish Academy Award winners and nominees. This list details the performances of Polish actors, actresses, and films that have either been submitted or nominated for, or have won, an Academy Award. This list is current as of the 90th Academy Awards ceremony held on March 4, 2018. There were 15 Academy Awards given to Polish filmmakers or their work, including two Honorary Academy Awards and five Technical Achievement Awards. The category of Cinematography has the strongest presence of Polish filmmakers, with two wins (both by Janusz Kamiński) and fourteen other nominations (including four noms for Kamiński). As of that, the cinematographer Janusz Kamiński is the most Oscar-awarded Polish filmmaker. The second most-awarded Pole was designer Anton Grot, who won one Academy Award and was nominated to the Oscars five times more. The director Roman Polanski won an Oscar and was nominated four more times (additionally, Knife in the Water, film directed and written by him was also nominated). The composer Bronislau Kaper was awarded an Oscar and was nominated three times more. There were eleven Polish pictures nominated for Best Foreign Language Film. Most recently, the film
Cold War received three nominations (Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Foreign Language Film).List of accolades received by Lincoln (film)
Lincoln is a 2012 American historical drama film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The film is based in part on Doris Kearns Goodwin's biography of Lincoln, Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln, and covers the final four months of Lincoln's life, focusing on the President's efforts in January 1865 to have the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed by the United States House of Representatives.
Lincoln premiered on October 8, 2012, at the New York Film Festival. The film was released on November 9, 2012, in select cities and widely released on November 16, 2012, in the United States by DreamWorks through Disney’s Touchstone distribution label in the U.S. The film was released on January 25, 2013 in the United Kingdom, with distribution in international territories, including the U.K., by 20th Century Fox. The film received universal acclaim by critics and was nominated for 12 Academy Awards at the 85th ceremony, the most of any film released in 2012.Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
The Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography is one of the annual film awards given by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.Lost Souls (film)
Lost Souls is a 2000 American horror film directed by Janusz Kamiński, in his directorial debut. The film stars Winona Ryder, Ben Chaplin, Elias Koteas, and John Hurt.Rob Harris (skysurfer)
Rob Harris (December 17, 1966 – December 14, 1995) was the skysurfing world champion of 1994 and 1995. He died in an accident while shooting the Mountain Dew "007" commercial directed by David Kellogg and lensed by Janusz Kamiński.Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
The Satellite Award for Best Cinematography is one of the annual Satellite Awards given by the International Press Academy.Stuart Dryburgh
Stuart Dryburgh (born 30 March 1952 in London) is an English-born New Zealand cinematographer, now working in Hollywood. He completed a degree in architecture at the University of Auckland, but subsequently moved into the film industry. He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on the 1993 romance film, The Piano, but lost to Janusz Kamiński for Schindler's List. Dryburgh was also nominated for an Emmy for his work on the Boardwalk Empire pilot.
He lives in Brooklyn, New York.The Terror Within II
The Terror Within II is a 1991 science fiction horror film and a sequel to the 1989 film The Terror Within. It is written and directed by star Andrew Stevens (reprising his role from the first film), and also stars R. Lee Ermey, Chick Vennera, Barbara Alyn Woods, Gordon Currie, and Stella Stevens.
It was executive produced by Roger Corman, and is one of the early films of future Academy Award-winning cinematographer Janusz Kamiński.War Horse (film)
War Horse is a 2011 war drama film directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg from a screenplay written by Lee Hall and Richard Curtis, based on Michael Morpurgo's 1982 novel of the same name and its 2007 play adaptation. The film's ensemble cast includes Jeremy Irvine (in his film acting debut), Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Tom Hiddleston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Marsan, Niels Arestrup, Toby Kebbell, David Kross, and Peter Mullan. Set before and during World War I, it tells of the journey of Joey, a bay Thoroughbred horse raised by British teenager Albert (Irvine), as he is bought by the British Army, leading him to encounter numerous individuals and owners throughout Europe, all the while experiencing the tragedies of the war happening around him.
DreamWorks Pictures acquired the film rights to the novel in December 2009, with Spielberg announced to direct the film in May 2010. Having directed many films set during the Second World War, it was his first film to tackle the events of World War I. Long-term Spielberg collaborators Janusz Kamiński, Michael Kahn, Rick Carter, and John Williams all worked on the film as cinematographer, editor, production designer, and music composer, respectively.
Produced by DreamWorks Pictures and released worldwide by Touchstone Pictures, War Horse became a box-office success and was met with positive reviews. The film was nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture, two Golden Globe Awards and five BAFTAs.
Awards for Janusz Kamiński