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      Janusz Kaminski

      Janusz Kaminski

      Highest Rated: 98% Schindler's List (1993)

      Lowest Rated: 3% Cool as Ice (1991)

      Birthday: Jun 27, 1959

      Birthplace: Ziebice, Dolnoslaskie, Poland

      As the director of photography on many of director Steven Spielberg's films, Janusz Kaminski created some of the most lasting and memorable images in cinema history. Whether filming "Schindler's List" (1993) in stark black-and-white, giving the film a cold documentary feel, or using nausea-inducing, hand-held shots while storming the beaches of Normandy in "Saving Private Ryan" (1998), Kaminski had the unique gift of maintaining an air of realism, while using a wide array of washed-out color schemes, hyperkinetic movement and other visual trickery to draw the audience into the action. A naturally gifted cinematographer, Kaminski had an inauspicious start in Hollywood, making B-movies for low-budget impresario Roger Corman, whose production facility was the proving grounds for many later A-list filmmakers. Eventually, with a great deal of resilience and a bit of luck, Kaminski honed his craft to the point where he was noticed by none other than Spielberg. Following "Schindler's List," a stunning and diverse list of achievements with the director followed, among them "A.I. Artificial Intelligence" (2001), "Catch Me if You Can" (2002) and "Munich" (2005). A rare non-Spielberg endeavor, "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" (2007), earned Kaminski some of the highest accolades of his career, while his reunion with the director on the momentous biopic "Lincoln" (2012) arguably surpassed all that had come before. In the eyes of many, Kaminski had established himself as both the best known and the finest cinematographer of his generation.

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      Janusz Kaminski LOST SOULS, director Janusz Kaminski, Winona Ryder, Ben Chaplin on set, 2000, (c)New Line Cinema THE BFG, from left: cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, director Steven Spielberg, on set, 2016. ph: Doane Gregory/© Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures THE TERMINAL, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Steven Spielberg, Kumar Pallana, cinematographer Janusz Kaminski on set, 2004, (c) DreamWorks THE TERMINAL, Cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, Director Steven Spielberg, Diego Luna, 2004, (c) DreamWorks WAR OF THE WORLDS, producer Kathleen Kennedy, director Steven Spielberg, cinematographer Janusz Kaminski on set, 2005, (c) Paramount JERRY MAGUIRE, director Cameron Crowe, cinematographer Janusz Kaminski on set, 1996 THE TERMINAL, Director Steven Spielberg(center, in hat), Janusz Kaminski(L), 2004, (c) DreamWorks THE TERMINAL, Janusz Kaminski(c), 2004, DreamWorks

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      92% No Score Yet Ukrainians in Exile Executive Producer - 2022
      92% 83% The Fabelmans Cinematographer $17.3M 2022
      91% 93% West Side Story Cinematographer $38.5M 2021
      No Score Yet No Score Yet American Dream Director,
      Executive Producer
      - 2021
      63% 89% The Call of the Wild Cinematographer $62.1M 2020
      72% 77% Ready Player One Cinematographer $137.0M 2018
      88% 74% The Post Cinematographer $81.4M 2017
      74% 57% The BFG Cinematographer $55.5M 2016
      91% 87% Bridge of Spies Cinematographer $72.3M 2015
      48% 72% The Judge Cinematographer $2.7M 2014
      90% 80% Lincoln Cinematographer $182.2M 2012
      75% 74% War Horse Cinematographer $79.9M 2011
      31% 25% How Do You Know Cinematographer $30.2M 2010
      69% 48% Funny People Cinematographer $51.8M 2009
      77% 53% Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull Cinematographer $317.0M 2008
      94% 92% The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Cinematographer $6.0M 2007
      No Score Yet 33% Hania Director - 2007
      78% 83% Munich Cinematographer $47.4M 2005
      76% 42% War of the Worlds Cinematographer $234.3M 2005
      61% 73% The Terminal Casting $77.0M 2004
      96% 89% Catch Me if You Can Cinematographer $164.4M 2002
      89% 80% Minority Report Cinematographer $132.0M 2002
      76% 64% A.I.: Artificial Intelligence Cinematographer $78.6M 2001
      8% 22% Lost Souls Director $16.8M 2000
      94% 95% Saving Private Ryan Cinematographer - 1998
      78% 79% Amistad Cinematographer - 1997
      54% 51% The Lost World: Jurassic Park Cinematographer $229.1M 1997
      84% 79% Jerry Maguire Cinematographer $153.6M 1996
      48% 52% Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill Cinematographer $8.2M 1995
      36% 63% Little Giants Cinematographer $18.8M 1994
      98% 97% Schindler's List Cinematographer $96.6M 1993
      75% 50% The Adventures of Huck Finn Cinematographer $23.8M 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Killer Instinct Cinematographer - 1992
      No Score Yet 81% Wildflower Cinematographer - 1991
      3% 43% Cool as Ice Cinematographer $956.8K 1991

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Unknown (Character) 2018