Stephen Goldblatt

Stephen Goldblatt, A.S.C., B.S.C. ((1945-04-29)29 April 1945) is a South African-born British cinematographer,[1][2] noted for his work on numerous high-profile action films, including the first two entries in the Lethal Weapon series,[3] as well as for his recent collaborations with director Mike Nichols[4] and Tate Taylor.

Stephen Goldblatt
Stephen Goldblatt 2010.jpg
Goldblatt in 2010
Born (1945-04-29) 29 April 1945 (age 75)
  • South African
  • British
Years active1968-present
AwardsNominated for:
Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography

Early lifeEdit

Goldblatt was born on 29 April 1945 in Johannesburg, South Africa, to a Jewish family.[5] When he was seven years old, he and his family moved to London, where at the age of 18 he started working as a photojournalist for the London Sunday Times.[6]

Goldblatt attended Guildford School of Art for photography, but later discovered his interest in film while working on a special assignment for Lion Films at Shepperton Studios. It was this interest that motivated him to attend London's Royal College of Art Film School.[7]


Upon graduation, he went to work shooting documentaries and animation, much of it in 16mm. Among his assignments were two Disappearing World episodes for Granada TV.[6]

Goldblatt began his career as a cameraman for documentaries and commercials. From 1972-75, he worked shooting TV commercials for directors such as Hugh Hudson, Alan Parker, Ridley Scott, and Brian Gibson.[6] Goldblatt made the transition to feature films in the mid-1980s, quickly acquiring work with directors Tony Scott on The Hunger (1983), Francis Coppola on The Cotton Club (1984), and Richard Donner on Lethal Weapon (1987) and Lethal Weapon 2 (1989).[7]

In the 1990s, Goldblatt joined the Batman series with director Joel Schumacher and shot Batman Forever (1995) and Batman and Robin (1997). In the late 1990s, during a “film sabbatical” and after many years of only taking snapshots, Goldblatt built a darkroom and began to photograph his life and surroundings again.[8] After his sabbatical Goldblatt worked with directors such as Mike Nichols on Angels in America (2003), Closer (2004) and Charlie Wilson's War (2007), Chris Columbus on Rent (2005) and Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (2010), Nora Ephron on Julie & Julia (2009), and most recently Tate Taylor on The Help (2011) and Get on Up (2014).

Stephen Goldblatt now lives in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico and has three grown children. When he is at home, Goldblatt enjoys tending to his pond and koi fish, gardening, playing his guitar, cooking, reading everyday, and mastering the art of husbanding with his wife Deborah.[8]


One of Stephen Goldblatt's most significant photo shoots was of the British band The Beatles in 1968, who at the time had just finished recording what came to be known as The White Album. The Beatles wanted some fresh publicity photos shot by an unknown photographer, with whom they planned to travel all over London to take random photos. One of Goldblatt's shots became a two-page spread in Life magazine, and a few others were used as album art on Beatles compilations.[9]



Year Title Director Notes
1980 Breaking Glass Brian Gibson
1981 Outland Peter Hyams
1982 The Return of the Soldier Alan Bridges
1983 The Hunger Tony Scott
1984 The Cotton Club Francis Ford Coppola
1985 Young Sherlock Holmes Barry Levinson
1987 Lethal Weapon Richard Donner
1988 Everybody's All-American Taylor Hackford
1989 Lethal Weapon 2 Richard Donner
1990 Joe Versus the Volcano John Patrick Shanley
1991 The Prince of Tides Barbra Streisand Nominated- Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated- ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
For the Boys Mark Rydell
1992 Consenting Adults Alan J. Pakula
1993 The Pelican Brief
1995 Batman Forever Joel Schumacher Nominated- Academy Award for Best Cinematography
1996 Striptease Andrew Bergman
1997 Batman & Robin Joel Schumacher
1999 The Deep End of the Ocean Ulu Grosbard
2004 Closer Mike Nichols
2005 Rent Chris Columbus
2007 Charlie Wilson's War Mike Nichols
2009 Julie & Julia Nora Ephron
2010 Percy Jackson and the Olympians:
The Lightning Thief
Chris Columbus
2011 The Help Tate Taylor
2014 Get on Up Nominated- Camerimage Golden Frog Award
2015 The Intern Nancy Meyers
2017 Our Souls at Night Ritesh Batra
2020 Ava Tate Taylor Completed
TBA Wild Mountain Thyme John Patrick Shanley Post-production


Year Title Notes
2001 Conspiracy Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography
2002 Path to War Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography
2003 Angels in America Television miniseries

Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography
Nominated- ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography

Awards and nominationsEdit



  1. ^ "STEPHEN GOLDBLATT". Retrieved 2017-09-01.
  2. ^ "The ASC -- American Cinematographer: ASC Close-Up:". Archived from the original on 2017-09-01. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
  3. ^ "Stephen Goldblatt ASC, BSC | Zacuto USA". Zacuto USA. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
  4. ^ Barraclough, Leo (2014-11-22). "'Angels in America' Cinematographer on Working With Mike Nichols". Variety. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
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  6. ^ a b c "Stephen Goldblatt". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04.
  8. ^ a b "The Art of Stephen Goldblatt".
  9. ^ "Unseen Beatles photos on view at UC Berkeley".
  10. ^ "Stephen Goldblatt Awards".

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