Janusz Zygmunt Kamiński (Polish: [ˌjanuʂ kaˈmiɲskʲi]; born June 27, 1959) is a Polish cinematographer and director of film and television. He has established a partnership with Steven Spielberg, working as a cinematographer on his films since 1993. He won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Spielberg's holocaust drama Schindler's List and World War II epic Saving Private Ryan (1998). He has also received Academy Award nominations for Amistad (1997), The Diving Bell & the Butterfly (2007) War Horse (2011), Lincoln (2012), and West Side Story (2021). He has also received nominations for five BAFTA Awards, and six American Society of Cinematographers Awards.
Janusz Zygmunt Kamiński
June 27, 1959
|Alma mater||Columbia College Chicago (B.A., 1987)|
AFI Conservatory (M.F.A., 1987)
|Occupation(s)||Cinematographer, film director, television director|
|Organization||American Film Institute|
(m. 1995; div. 2001)
(m. 2004; div. 2010)
|Awards||See full awards|
In addition to his collaborations with Spielberg, he has also worked with Cameron Crowe, James L. Brooks, and Julian Schnabel. Kamiński has also moved into the field of directing, first with the horror film Lost Souls (2000), and the NBC series The Event (2011) and WE tv series The Divide (2014). In 2019, the American Society of Cinematographers included Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan, both shot by Kamiński, on the list of the best-photographed films of the 20th century.
Life and careerEdit
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, and eventually as 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 five additional times for Amistad, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, War Horse, Lincoln, and West Side Story. In 2010, he was awarded the Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal by the AFI Conservatory.
Kamiński became a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) in 1994, but resigned in 2006.
Kamiński was married to actress Holly Hunter from 1995 until 2001. In 2004, he married ABC reporter Rebecca Rankin; they divorced in 2010.
|1989||Drowning||Juan Carlos Valdivia|
|2004||Jumbo Girl||Daniel Curran|
|2007||Mission Zero||Kathryn Bigelow|
|2013||Broken Night||Guillermo Arriaga|
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
Director of photography
Second unit photography
|1989||Lords of the Deep||Mary Ann Fisher||Austin McKinney|
|1990||Streets||Katt Shea||Phedon Papamichael|
|Watchers II||Thierry Notz||Edward J. Pei|
|1992||One False Move||Carl Franklin||James L. Carter|
|1992||Star Time||Alexander Cassini||Fernando Argüelles|
|1993||Love, Cheat & Steal||William Curran||Kent L. Wakeford|
|1998||Armageddon||Michael Bay||John Schwartzman|
- Lost Souls (2000)
- Hania (2007)
- Making a Scene (2013 short film)
- American Dream (2021)
Director of photography
|1991||Wildflower||Diane Keaton||TV movie|
|1993||Class of '61||Gregory Hoblit|
|2011||The Event||"Face Off"|
|2014||The Divide||"Never Forget"|
- Ukrainians in Exile (2022)
Awards and nominationsEdit
- ^ a b "Can Kaminski clinch Oscar for Lincoln?". Polskie Radio. February 22, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
- ^ a b "Spot On: Mauro Fiore" Archived 2012-09-09 at the Wayback Machine, Demo, January 2010, Columbia College, Chicago
- ^ "RECENT AFI ALUMNI AND FELLOW AWARDS & HONORS", AFI Conservatory website
- ^ He Makes It Look Picture-perfect, Los Angeles Times, November 21, 2007
- ^ "ASC Unveils List of 100 Milestone Films in Cinematography of the 20th Century". Retrieved 2019-01-12.
- ^ "Janusz Kaminski (1959–)". Filmreference. Retrieved 2009-08-05.
- ^ Mamelstein, David (February 20, 2013). "Spielberg's Eye". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
- ^ Sullivan, Michael (June 10, 2010). "AFI awards Kaminski". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
- ^ a b Turnbaugh, Kristi (Fall–Winter 2013). "Shooting Stars: Columbia's award-winning cinematographers light up Hollywood". DEMO. Columbia College Chicago. p. 15. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 11, 2015. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
- ^ Ryzik, Melena (January 11, 2012). "Cinematographers Give 'Dragon Tattoo' a Lift but Overlook 'War Horse'". The Carpetbagger. The New York Times. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
- ^ "ASC awards Emmanuel Lubezki and 'The Tree of Life' best cinematography of 2011". Uproxx. February 13, 2012. Retrieved December 1, 2018.
- ^ "Rebecca Rankin and Janusz Kaminski". Variety. Reed Business Information. February 16, 2004. Retrieved February 27, 2013.
- Janusz Kamiński at IMDb
- Janusz Kamiński at culture.pl