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Alik Sakharov (born May 17, 1959)[1] is a film and television director. A former Director of Photography, he is an active member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).

Alik Sakharov
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Alik Sakharov
Алик Сахаров

(1959-05-17) May 17, 1959 (age 60)
OccupationFilm director
Years active1985–present
Notable work
The Sopranos
Black Sails
Marco Polo
Game of Thrones
House of Cards


Sakharov entered the U.S. film scene in 1985 as director of The Russian Touch—a topical documentary about the Russian people comprising the third wave of immigration to USA. In 1992, he directed a silent short film Pausa[2]—a visual meditation dedicated to the memory of the great poet of cinema Andrei Tarkovsky.

He began sharing the responsibilities of a lighting cameraman in 1985 in the New York industrial video scene, eventually progressing to shooting music videos, commercials, narrative films.

Sakharov served as Director of Photography on numerous feature films, as well as a formidable number of programs for network television and premium cable, most notably on HBO's The Sopranos (38 episodes), and, as Director/cinematographer, on HBO's Rome (10 episodes), and Game of Thrones (8 episodes).

He served as Director/co-Executive Producer in the third season of Starz' television series Black Sails. He also served in seasons One and Two of Netflix mega budget series Marco Polo (directing episodes: "Feast";[3] "The Fourth Step";[4] "Lost Crane";[5] "The Fellowship"[6]), where he also directed a Christmas special episode entitled "Marco Polo: One Hundred Eyes".

In 2016 he directed episodes of Goliath for the Amazon Studios. That same year, he joined Netflix' House of Cards, directing chapters 55,56,59,66,72 [7],[8],[9].

In 2018 he directed episodes of Ozark.


As a member of the Sopranos creative ensemble, Sakharov was honored twice (in 2002[10] & 2004[11]) by the American Film Institute's A Year of Excellence Award.[12]

In 2004 Sakharov earned the 19th Annual ASC Awards[13] nomination for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in a single camera category for The Sopranos episode "Long Term Parking."

In 2007 Sakharov won the Primetime Emmy Award[14] for Outstanding Cinematography for the ROME episode "Passover".

In 2013 Sakharov won the OFTA Award[15] for Best Direction In A Drama Series for Game of Thrones.


Since 2006 Sakharov has worked primarily as a television director, with credits including:


  1. ^ "Alik Sakharov". Internet Encyclopedia of Cinematographers.
  2. ^ alik sakharov (April 19, 2011). "PAUSA (1992) trailer". Vimeo.
  3. ^ "IMDB, Marco Polo "Feast"".
  4. ^ "IMDB, Marco Polo "The Fourth Step"".
  5. ^ "IMDB, Marco Polo "Lost Crane"".
  6. ^ "IMDB, Marco Polo "The Fellowship"".
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  10. ^ "AFI Awards 2002". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on 2004-02-11. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
  11. ^ "AFI Awards 2004". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on 2005-06-03. Retrieved April 18, 2012.
  12. ^ "AFI Awards 2011". American Film Institute.
  13. ^ "Past ASC Awards". The American Society of Cinematographers. Archived from the original on 2010-11-12.
  14. ^ Mesger, Robin (September 8, 2007). "59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards" (PDF). Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
  15. ^ "2012-13 Online Film & Television Association". Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved 2016-07-10.

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