Declan Quinn

Declan Quinn (born 1957) is an American cinematographer. He is a three-time winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography.[1]

Declan Quinn
Born1957 (age 65–66)
SpouseEtta Quinn

Early lifeEdit

Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Quinn is one of four children.[2] His mother, Teresa, was a homemaker, and also worked as a bookkeeper and in the travel business, and his father, Michael Quinn, was a professor of literature.[3][4] His four siblings, the most famous of whom is Aidan, are actors.[5] The family moved to Ireland when he was in his teens, but he returned to the United States to earn a degree in film from Columbia College Chicago.[6]


In Ireland, he met Bono and U2 at the Windmill Lane Studios in Dublin, and he began his career filming several music videos and the documentaries U2: Unforgettable Fire (1984) and U2: Outside It's America (1987) for the group.[7]

Quinn permanently returned to the States in 1989 and filmed The Kill-Off.

In 1991, he served as cinematographer on Tim Hunter's well-received Lies of the Twins, starring Isabella Rossellini, Iman, and Declan's brother Aidan.[8]

Quinn has collaborated with director Mira Nair on five projects, including Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love, Monsoon Wedding, Vanity Fair, and Hysterical Blindness, which earned him a nomination for the Emmy Award for Best Cinematography for a Miniseries or Movie. Additional credits include 2x4, (which won him the Cinematography Award at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival), Vanya on 42nd Street, Leaving Las Vegas, One True Thing, In America, Cold Creek Manor, The Lucky Ones, Rachel Getting Married, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee and The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012).

Personal lifeEdit

Quinn resides in Orange County, New York with his wife Etta and four daughters.[5]



Filmed stage productionsEdit

Television filmsEdit


  1. ^ Turnbaugh, Kristi. "Declan Quinn '79". Retrieved 2022-05-09.
  2. ^ Holmes, Mannie (2015-09-03). "Director Paul Quinn, Brother of Aidan Quinn, Dies at 55". Variety. Retrieved 2021-12-26.
  3. ^ Fischer, Paul. "Aidan Quinn". Cranky Critic. Archived from the original on January 31, 2010. Retrieved October 12, 2010.
  4. ^ "Death Notice: TERESA QUINN - Chicago Tribune". October 6, 2009. Retrieved October 19, 2012.
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  6. ^ "DECLAN QUINN". Retrieved 2022-05-09.
  7. ^ American Cinematographer, September 2004
  8. ^ Harris M. Lentz, Science Fiction, Horror & Fantasy Film and Television Credits: Supplement 2, Through 1993, Volume 4, (McFarland: 1994), p.495.

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