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Phedon Papamichael, ASC (Greek: Φαίδων Παπαμιχαήλ), born 1962, is a Greek cinematographer[1] and film director,[2] known for his collaborations with directors James Mangold, Alexander Payne, and Wim Wenders. He was nominated for both the Academy Award and BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography for Payne's 2013 film Nebraska. He has been a member of the American Society of Cinematographers since 2000.

Phedon Papamichael
Born1962 (age 56–57)
NationalityGreek
OccupationCinematographer, film director
Spouse(s)Eka Chichua (29 July 2006 – present)
Children2

Early life and educationEdit

He was born in Athens, Greece in 1962 to a Greek father and a German mother. When Phedon was six years old, his family relocated to the United States, as his father, a well-known artist and set designer, was offered a job as a production designer for John Cassavetes. From an early age, he was involved in cinema. He studied photography and art at the University of Munich and received his Bachelor in Fine Arts in 1982.[3]

CareerEdit

Papamichael's first job as a cinematographer was in the 1988 film Dance of the Damned, directed by Katt Shea.[1] He would go on to make several future collaboratons with director Shea and producer Roger Corman, making him a member of the so-called "Corman Film School", much like his contemporary Janusz Kamiński.

As a cinematographer, he has shot nearly fifty films, including Phenomenon, America's Sweethearts, Sideways, Walk the Line, The Weather Man, The Monuments Men, and Nebraska, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. He has worked with directors James Mangold, Alexander Payne, Wim Wenders, Oliver Stone and George Clooney, and many others, and has also directed films, such as Sketch Artist, Dark Side of Genius, From Within, Arcadia Lost. He has worked with Hollywood stars Christian Bale, Will Smith, John Travolta, George Clooney, Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage, Russell Crowe, Cameron Diaz and others, and maintains a long-term friendship with Joaquin Phoenix and Dustin Hoffman.

He later made his debut as a director in the film Showtime’s Sketch Artist in 1992 and two years later he directed Dark Side of Genius.

In 2000, he was awarded the Prix Vision of the Avignon Film Festival for his cinematography in 27 Missing Kisses.

Personal lifeEdit

He spends his time between Los Angeles and Leonidio, Greece.

In an interview with Greek Reporter Papamichael said, ”I want to spend more time in Greece from next year. My parents live there and my home is also there. I visit Los Angeles regularly just for my job. Obviously, I will move permanently to Leonidio some time in the future. It’s unlikely to live the twilight of my life in the United States.”[4] He also has a wife and two children.

FilmographyEdit

Key
  Denotes films that have not yet been released

As director of photographyEdit

Year Title Director Notes
1988 Dance of the Damned Katt Shea
1989 Stripped to Kill II: Live Girls
After Midnight Jim Wheat
Ken Wheat
Nowhere to Run Carl Franklin
1990 Prayer of the Rollerboys Rick King
Body Chemistry Kristine Peterson
Streets Katt Shea
1991 Driving Me Crazy Jon Turteltaub
1992 Poison Ivy Katt Shea
1993 Wild Palms Peter Hewitt
Keith Gordon
Kathryn Bigelow
Phil Joanou
Television miniseries

Nominated- ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Mini-Series

Cool Runnings Jon Turteltaub
1995 Unstrung Heroes Diane Keaton
White Dwarf Peter Markle Nominated- ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Movies-of-the-Week
While You Were Sleeping Jon Turteltaub
1996 Unhook the Stars Nick Cassavetes
Phenomenon Jon Turteltaub
Bio-Dome Jason Bloom
1997 Mouse Hunt Gore Verbinski
The Locusts John Patrick Kelley
1998 Willie Nelson at the Teatro Wim Wenders Documentary film
Patch Adams Tom Shadyac
2000 27 Missing Kisses Nana Dzhordzhadze Avignon Prix Vision
Nominated- Camerimage Golden Frog
The Million Dollar Hotel Wim Wenders Nominated- Camerimage Golden Frog
2001 America's Sweethearts Joe Roth
2002 Moonlight Mile Brad Silberling
Ten Minutes Older: The Trumpet Wim Wenders Segment: "Twelve Miles to Trona"
Ode to Cologne: A Rock 'N' Roll Film Documentary film
2003 Identity James Mangold
Who Killed the Idea? Hermann Vaske Short film
Other Side of the Road Wim Wenders
2004 Mathilde Nina Mimica
Sideways Alexander Payne
2005 The Weather Man Gore Verbinski
Walk the Line James Mangold Camerimage Presidents' Award
Nominated- Camerimage Golden Frog
Lights 2 Marcus Dillistone Short film
2006 10 Items or Less Brad Silberling
2007 3:10 to Yuma James Mangold
2008 W. Oliver Stone
2010 Knight and Day James Mangold
2011 The Ides of March George Clooney
Maniac Shia Laboeuf Short film
The Descendants Alexander Payne
2012 This Is 40 Judd Apatow
2013 Nebraska Alexander Payne BSC Award for Best Cinematography in a Feature Film
Nominated- Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Nominated- Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- Camerimage Golden Frog
Nominated- IndieWire Critics Poll Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- San Francisco Film Critics Circle Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- St. Louis Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
2014 The Monuments Men George Clooney
2016 The Huntsman: Winter's War Cedric Nicolas-Troyan
2017 Downsizing Alexander Payne
2019 Ford v Ferrari James Mangold

Additional photography creditsEdit

Year Title Director DoP. Notes
1988 Deadly Dreams Kristine Peterson Zorran Hochstatter 2nd Unit Director of Photography
1992 Love Crimes Lizzie Borden Jack N. Green Director of Additional Photography
1994 Stranger by Night Gregory Dark Wally Pfister 2nd Unit Director of Photography
2003 Shattered Glass Billy Ray Mandy Walker Director of Additional Photography
2011 Pearl Jam Twenty Cameron Crowe Nicola B. Marsh
2017 Logan James Mangold John Mathieson
The Greatest Showman Michael Gracey Seamus McGarvey

As directorEdit

Year Title Notes
1992 Sketch Artist Directorial debut
1994 Dark Side of Genius
2008 From Within Festival of Fantastic Films Special Commendation Award
Gérardmer Critics Award for Best Feature Film
2009 Arcadia Lost Nominated- Orpheus Award for Best Feature Film
Nominated- German Independence Audience Award
2012 Lost Angeles
2016 A Beautiful Day Short film

Rhode Island Festival First Prize for Best Short Film
Rhode Island Festival Audience Award for Best Short Film
Van Vlahakis Award for Best Short Film

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Phedon Papamichael". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Phedon Papamichael". The New York Times. February 1, 2014.
  3. ^ Ellines.com
  4. ^ Ellines.com

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