Robert Richardson Poster


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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 27 August 1955Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA
Birth NameRobert Bridge Richardson
Nickname Bob

Mini Bio (1)

Robert Richardson was born on August 27, 1955 in Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA as Robert Bridge Richardson. He is known for his work on Inglourious Basterds (2009), Django Unchained (2012) and Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003).

Spouse (2)

Stephanie Martin (6 February 2011 - ?) (divorced) (1 child)
Monona Wali (? - ?) (divorced) (2 children)

Trade Mark (2)

One strong key light facing straight down to create a pool of light or a bounce light off of a performer.
He has frequently worked with 'Oliver Stone', Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino.

Trivia (4)

M.F.A. - American Film Institute
Member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) since 1992.
As of 2012 he, Vittorio Storaro and Conrad L. Hall are the only cinematographers to win three Oscars.
Was the original cinematographer of World War Z (2013) but, due to the time consuming troubled production of the film and the several re-shoots, Richardson had to leave the set early to work on Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained (2012). He was replaced by Ben Seresin, who received the whole credit.

Personal Quotes (5)

It's important not to confuse visual clichés with artistic photography. If a choice had to be made, I would much rather shoot a good picture than a good-looking picture.
[on photographing many of Quentin Tarantino's films] Most have a pop approach to the use of vibrant color, which is quite in opposition to the majority of work being done in cinema. That was a tremendous shift for me because I had to move from what I'm normally prone to use, which is a muted palette, to one that's fuller.
[on photographing Samuel L. Jackson's scenes in Django Unchained (2012)] Skin naturally reflects in a way that makeup doesn't. So we had to figure out a way to light him. Because the primary story circles slavery, of course every shot will, in one way or the other, deal with the contrast of black and white. I hope we succeeded.
My career is based primarily upon finding a balance with a director and their vision, and that means sublimating my own personal ego toward their material. It's far better to shoot a good picture than a good-looking picture.
[from his Oscar acceptance speech for Hugo (2011)] To all the past, future and present filmmakers, this is for you.

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