Phedon Papamichael, ASC (Greek: Φαίδων Παπαμιχαήλ), born 1962, is a Greek cinematographer and film director, 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.
|Born||1962 (age 56–57)|
|Occupation||Cinematographer, film director|
|Spouse(s)||Eka Chichua (29 July 2006 – present)|
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.
Papamichael's first job as a cinematographer was in the 1988 film Dance of the Damned, directed by Katt Shea. 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.
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.” He also has a wife and two children.
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As director of photographyEdit
Additional photography creditsEdit
|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|
|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
|2016||A Beautiful Day||Short film
Rhode Island Festival First Prize for Best Short Film
- Phedon Papamichael on IMDb
- Phedon Papamichael at the Internet Encyclopedia of Cinematographers
- Interview at CameraGuild.com
- Phedon Papamichael at the Ellines.com