Edward Lachman (born March 31, 1948) is an American cinematographer and director. He has primarily worked in independent film, and has served as director of photography on films by Todd Haynes (including Far from Heaven in 2002 and Carol in 2015, both of which earned Lachman Oscar nominations[1]), Ulrich Seidl, Wim Wenders, Steven Soderbergh and Paul Schrader. His other work includes Werner Herzog's La Soufrière (1977), Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides (1999), Robert Altman's final film A Prairie Home Companion (2006), and Todd Solondz's Life During Wartime (2009).[2] He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers.

Edward Lachman
Lachman in 2009
Born (1948-03-31) March 31, 1948 (age 75)
Other namesEd Lachman
Alma materHarvard University
University of Tours
Ohio University
  • Cinematographer
  • director
Years active1972–present

In 1989, Lachman co-directed a segment of the anthology film Imagining America.[3] In 2002, he co-directed the controversial Ken Park with Larry Clark. In 2013, Lachman produced a series of videos in collaboration with French electronic duo Daft Punk, for their album Random Access Memories.

Early life, education and family edit

Lachman was born to a Jewish family[4] in Morristown, New Jersey, the son of Rosabel (Roth) and Edward Lachman, a movie theater distributor and owner.[5][6][7] He attended Harvard University and studied in France at the University of Tours before pursuing a BFA in painting at Ohio University.[6] He has a daughter, Bella Lachman (b. 2005) who lives in Amsterdam.[8]

Filmography edit

Feature film edit

Year Title Director Notes
1974 The Lords of Flatbush Martin Davidson, Stephen Verona With Joseph Mangine
1977 Scalpel John Grissmer
1979 Last Embrace Jonathan Demme With Tak Fujimoto
1980 Union City Marcus Reichert
1982 Little Wars Maroun Bagdadi With Heinz Hölscher
1983 Portfolio Robert Guralnick
1985 Desperately Seeking Susan Susan Seidelman
1986 El día que me quieras Sergio Dow
True Stories David Byrne
1987 Making Mr. Right Susan Seidelman
Less than Zero Marek Kanievska
1990 The Local Stigmatic David Wheeler
Catchfire Dennis Hopper
1991 Mississippi Masala Mira Nair
London Kills Me Hanif Kureishi
1992 Light Sleeper Paul Schrader (1)
My New Gun Stacy Cochran
1995 My Family Gregory Nava
1997 Touch Paul Schrader (2)
Selena Gregory Nava
1998 Why Do Fools Fall in Love
1999 The Virgin Suicides Sofia Coppola
The Limey Steven Soderbergh
2000 Erin Brockovich
2001 Sweet November Pat O'Connor
2002 Simone Andrew Niccol
Ken Park Larry Clark and Himself
Far from Heaven Todd Haynes (1)
2004 Stryker Noam Gonick
2006 A Prairie Home Companion Robert Altman
2007 Hounddog Deborah Kampmeier With Jim Denault
Import/Export Ulrich Seidl
I'm Not There Todd Haynes (2)
2009 Life During Wartime Todd Solondz
2010 Howl Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman
2012 Paradise: Love Ulrich Seidl
Paradise: Faith
Dark Blood George Sluizer Filmed in 1993
2015 Carol Todd Haynes (5)
2016 Wiener-Dog[9] Todd Solondz
2017 Wonderstruck Todd Haynes (6)
2019 Dark Waters Todd Haynes (7)
2023 El Conde Pablo Larraín

Documentary films edit

Year Title Director Notes
1977 La Soufrière Werner Herzog
1980 Lightning Over Water Wim Wenders, Nicholas Ray
1982 Say Amen, Somebody George T. Nierenberg
Report from Hollywood Himself
1984 In Our Hands Robert Richter, Stanley Warnow
1985 Tokyo-Ga Wim Wenders
1985 Ornette: Made in America Shirley Clarke
The Look Robert Guralnick
I Played It for You Ronee Blakley
1986 Mother Teresa Ann Petrie, Jeanette Petrie
Stripper Jerome Gary
1987 Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll Taylor Hackford
1989 Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
1991 Soldiers of Music Bob Eisenhardt, Susan Froemke, Albert Maysles
1993 Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey Steven M. Martin
2009 Collapse Chris Smith
2010 In the Hearts of Africa Himself
2013 Six by Sondheim Todd Haynes (4) Segment: "I'm Still Here"
2014 Cathedrals of Culture Robert Redford Segment: "The Salk Institute"
2015 Don't Blink – Robert Frank Laura Israel
2021 The Velvet Underground Todd Haynes (8)

Short films edit

Year Title Director
1978 Wings of Ash: A Dramatization of the Life of Antonin Artaud Marcus Reichert
1982 Split Cherry Tree Andrei Konchalovsky
1983 Spaces: The Architecture of Paul Rudolph Bob Eisenhardt
1984 The Last Trip to Harrisburg Brummbaer, Udo Kier and Himself
1985 R.A.B.L. Patrice M. Regnier
2004 Cell Stories Himself
2006 The Music of Regret Laurie Simmons
2008 Life for a Child Himself

Television edit

Year Title Director Notes
1988 Karajan in Salzburg Deborah Dickson, Susan Froemke TV special
1993 TriBeCa Michael Dinner Episode: "The Box"
2011 Mildred Pierce Todd Haynes (3) Miniseries

TV movies

Year Title Director Notes
1986 The Little Sister Jan Egleson
1987 A Gathering of Old Men Volker Schlöndorff
1989 Imagining America Himself Segment "Get Your Kicks on Route 66"
1990 Red Hot + Blue Segment "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye"
1993 Horse Opera Bob Baldwin

Awards and nominations edit

Academy Awards

Year Title Category Result
2002 Far from Heaven Best Cinematography Nominated
2015 Carol Nominated

BAFTA Awards

Year Title Category Result
2015 Carol Best Cinematography Nominated

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Title Category Result
2002 Far from Heaven Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases Nominated
2011 Mildred Pierce Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Television Nominated
2015 Carol Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases Nominated


Year Title Category Result
2002 Far from Heaven Silver Frog Won
Golden Frog Nominated
2007 I'm Not There Bronze Frog Won
Golden Frog Nominated
2015 Carol Won

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Title Category Result
1986 True Stories Best Cinematography Won
1992 Light Sleeper Won
2002 Far from Heaven Won
2015 Carol Won

National Society of Film Critics

Year Title Category Result
2002 Far from Heaven Best Cinematography Won
2015 Carol Won

Other awards

Year Award Category Title Result
1986 Bogotá Film Festival Best Cinematography El día que me quieras Won
2002 Jeonju International Film Festival Jeonju Daring Digital Award Ken Park Nominated
Valladolid International Film Festival Golden Spike Nominated
Golden Osella Best Cinematography Far from Heaven Won
Satellite Awards Best Cinematography Nominated
2011 Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series Mildred Pierce Nominated
2015 British Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography Carol Won
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Cinematography Nominated
2017 Florida Film Critics Circle Best Cinematography Wonderstruck Nominated

References edit

  1. ^ "The 75th Academy Awards". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Retrieved September 14, 2015.
  2. ^ "EDWARD LACHMAN". www.cinematographers.nl. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  3. ^ Michael Wilmington (June 7, 1989). "'Imagining America': Four Riffs on a Common Theme". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Bloom, Nate (February 25, 2016). "The tribe at the Oscars, 2016". Times of Israel.
  5. ^ "Edward Lachman Biography (1946-)".
  6. ^ a b Internet Encyclopedia of Cinematographers: Edward Lachman
  7. ^ "Obituary 1 -- No Title". The New York Times. August 7, 1964.
  8. ^ Robinson, Joanna (November 27, 2015). "Carol's Production Designer Reveals How to Achieve Cate Blanchett Chic". Vanity Fair.
  9. ^ Erbland, Kate (January 25, 2016). "How I Shot That: Ed Lachman Overcomes the Usual Challenges to Lens the Audacious 'Wiener-Dog'". Indiewire.com. Retrieved April 17, 2016.

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