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Goldblatt in 2010
Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography
Stephen Goldblatt, A.S.C., B.S.C. (born 29 April 1945) is a South African-born British cinematographer, noted for his work on numerous high-profile action films, including the first two entries in the Lethal Weapon series, as well as for his recent collaborations with director Mike Nichols and Tate Taylor.
Goldblatt was born on 29 April 1945 in Johannesburg, South Africa. 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. Goldblatt attended Guildford School of Art for photography, but later discovered his interest in film while working on a special assignment for Lions Films at Shepperton Studios. It was this interest that motivated him to attend London's Royal College of Art Film School. 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.
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. 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).
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. 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.
|1969||Forum||Mireille Dansereau||Student film|
|1973||The Mangrove Nine||Franco Rosso||Short film|
|Odeon Cavalcade||Barry Clayton||Short film|
|1980||Breaking Glass||Brian Gibson|
|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|
|1997||Batman & Robin||Joel Schumacher|
|1999||The Deep End of the Ocean||Ulu Grosbard|
|2001||Conspiracy||Frank Pierson||Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography|
|2002||Path to War||John Frankenheimer||Nominated- Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography|
|2003||Angels in America||Mike Nichols||Television miniseries|
|2007||Charlie Wilson's War||Mike Nichols|
|2009||Julie & Julia||Nora Ephron|
|2010||Percy Jackson and the Olympians:
The Lightning Thief
|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|
|TBA||Wild Mountain Thyme||John Patrick Shanley||Filming|
One of Stephen Goldblatt's most significant photo shoots was of 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.