Janusz Kaminski

Janusz Kaminski

Director of Photography

JANUSZ KAMINSKI (Director of Photography) is a two-time Academy Award winner who has created some of the most enduring images in cinema history.

Kaminski won both of his Oscars for his work on Steven Spielberg-directed films, the first for his searing black-and-white photography on "Schindler's List," also taking home a BAFTA Award and numerous critics groups awards. He won his second Academy Award for the World War II drama "Saving Private Ryan." Among his many other honors, he received Oscar and BAFTA Award nominations for Spielberg's "War Horse" and "Lincoln"; an Oscar nomination for "Amistad"; and, most recently, a BAFTA Award nomination for "Bridge of Spies."

His long association with the director also encompasses the films "The Lost World: Jurassic Park," "A.I. Artificial Intelligence," "Minority Report," "Catch Me If You Can," "The Terminal," "War of the Worlds," "Munich," "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," and "The BFG." They will next reunite on "The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara."

Kaminski received another Oscar nomination for his cinematography on Julian Schnabel's "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly." For his work on that film, he also won an Independent Spirit Award, numerous international film critics groups awards, and the Vulcain Prize for the Technical Artist at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. His collaborations with other directors also include David Dobkin's "The Judge," James L. Brooks' How Do You Know," Judd Apatow's "Funny People," and Cameron Crowe's "Jerry Maguire," "among many others.

In addition, Kaminski has directed the films "Lost Souls" and "Hania," also lensing the latter.

A native of Poland, Kaminski came to the United States in 1981 and studied cinematography at Columbia College in Chicago. After graduating, he became a cinematography fellow at the American Film Institute. He first worked with Spielberg when he lensed the 1993 telefilm "Class of '61," on which Spielberg was an executive producer.