Robert Richardson (cinematographer)

Robert Bridge Richardson, is an American cinematographer. He has won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography three times, for his work on JFK, The Aviator, and Hugo. Richardson is and has been a frequent collaborator for several directors, including Oliver Stone, John Sayles, Errol Morris, Quentin Tarantino, and Martin Scorsese. He is one of three living persons who has won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography three times, the others being Vittorio Storaro and Emmanuel Lubezki.

Life and career

Richardson was born in Hyannis, Massachusetts. He graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in Film/Animation/Video and received his MFA from AFI Conservatory. Richardson's work began as a camera operator and 2nd unit photographer on such features as Alex Cox's Repo Man, Dorian Walker's Making the Grade and Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street. At the same time he also served as cinematographer on TV documentaries and docudramas such as America, America for The Disney Channel, God's Peace for the BBC and PBS' The Front Line: El Salvador. His television work and documentary style filmmaking led to his meeting Oliver Stone, who hired him to "shoot" Salvador.
Oliver Stone's major motion picture debut was also Richardson's first film as director of photography. Salvador was also filmed the same year as Stone's Platoon. Platoon would earn Richardson his first Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography. In 1987, Richardson reteamed with Stone on Wall Street. In 1988, he filmed Eight Men Out for John Sayles. In 1989, he earned his second Best Cinematography Oscar nomination for Stone's Born on the Fourth of July.
In 1991, Richardson won the first of his Best Cinematography Academy Awards for his work on Stone's JFK; he also shot Stone's The Doors that same year. He worked with Sayles again in 1991 for City of Hope. In 1992, he worked as director of photography on Rob Reiner's A Few Good Men and served as a 2nd unit photographer for Haskell Wexler on To the Moon, Alice, a "Showtime 30-Minute Movie". He began a long working relationship with Martin Scorsese in 1995, with Casino. Also in 1995, he was cinematographer on Stone's Nixon. In 1997, Richardson photographed Errol Morris's documentary Fast, Cheap and Out of Control as well as filming the majority of Stone's U Turn and serving as director of photography for Barry Levinson's Wag the Dog.
Richardson worked on the 2013 zombie film World War Z, but asked for his name to be taken off the final product. The credited cinematographer is Ben Seresin.
Richardson has four children, Kanchan, Maya, Bibi and Madeleine. His family currently runs the Cape Cod Sea Camps situated on the Cape Cod Bay.



1981RebornBigas Luna
1982An Outpost of ProgressDorian Walker
1984The Front LineJeff B. Harmon
Christopher Wenner
1986SalvadorOliver Stone1st of 11 collaborations with Stone
1986PlatoonOliver Stone
1987Wall StreetOliver Stone
1987DudesPenelope Spheeris
1988Eight Men OutJohn Sayles
1988Talk RadioOliver Stone
1989Born on the Fourth of JulyOliver Stone
1991The DoorsOliver Stone
1991JFKOliver Stone
1991City of HopeJohn Sayles
1992A Few Good MenRob Reiner
1993Heaven & EarthOliver Stone
1994Natural Born KillersOliver Stone
1995NixonOliver Stone
1995CasinoMartin Scorsese1st of 7 collaborations with Scorsese
1997U TurnOliver Stone
1997Fast, Cheap and Out of ControlErrol Morris
1997Wag the DogBarry LevinsonCameo role: Man in TV Studio
1998The Horse WhispererRobert Redford
1999Snow Falling on CedarsScott Hicks
1999Bringing Out the DeadMartin Scorsese
1999'Errol MorrisDocumentary
2002The Four FeathersShekhar Kapur
2003'Quentin Tarantino1st of 6 collaborations with Tarantino
2004'Quentin Tarantino
2004The AviatorMartin Scorsese
2006The Good ShepherdRobert De Niro
2008Shine a LightMartin ScorseseConcert film
2008Standard Operating ProcedureErrol MorrisDocumentary
2009Inglourious BasterdsQuentin Tarantino
2010Shutter IslandMartin Scorsese
2010Eat Pray LoveRyan Murphy
2011'Martin ScorseseDocumentary
2011HugoMartin Scorsese
2012Django UnchainedQuentin Tarantino
2013World War ZMarc ForsterUncredited
2015The Hateful EightQuentin Tarantino
2016Live by NightBen Affleck
2017BreatheAndy Serkis1st collaboration with Serkis
2018AdriftBaltasar Kormákur
2018A Private WarMatthew Heineman
2019Once Upon a Time in HollywoodQuentin Tarantino
2021Andy SerkisPost-production


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BAFTA Awards

American Society of Cinematographers

Satellite Awards

Other Awards