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Claudia Raschke grew up in Northern Germany near Hamburg. Throughout her childhood the chain of movie theaters owned by her mother brought Claudia into many exciting film worlds - from Laurel and Hardy to Charlie Chaplin, from James Bond to Fellini. As a child Claudia developed a fascination with dance and drawing which continued throughout her schooling. In 1980 she received her Abitur degree in Art and Science with honors from the Gymnasium and Heegen. Continuing her art and dance studies at the Hamburg University, Claudia was influenced by the works of European and American masters; the diffused light of Vermeer, the dramatic lighting of Rembrandt and the deeply moving dance of Martha Graham. In the summer of 1982 Claudia visited the United States and fell in love with what was to be her new home. A year later she was refining her dance techniques at the Martha Graham school and exploring a different form of motion and painting at the New York University: The Art and Technique of Cinematography. Claudia's education continued on the practical level while working with today's most prominent cinematographers. During "Rocket Gibralter", Jost Vocano taught her the filtration techniques and secrets to maintaining sunlight on daytime exteriors. While on "Last Exit To Brooklyn", Claudia learned from Stephen Czapsky how to light huge sets involving many extras and lots of action.

She is best known for her work in the Oscar nominated documentary "God is the Bigger Elvis" directed by Rebecca Cammisa, Oscar shortlisted feature documentary " Mad Hot Ballroom" directed by Marilyn Agrelo and the recently worldwide released feature documentary "Particle Fever" directed by Mark Levinson.

Recently Claudia completed the principal photography for the feature documentary "Crescendo! The Power of Music", directed by Jamie Bernstein. This film premiered at the 23rd Philadelphia Film Festival and was awarded the Audience Prize 2014 for Best feature length Documentary.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Claudia Raschke-Robinson

Award-winning cinematographer Claudia Raschke is best known for her ability to bring rich tones of the motion picture medium to films on a diverse spectrum, from highly professional commercial endeavors to lower budget works of art.

With intense passion for the arts, Claudia came to New York from Hamburg Germany in 1983 to become a dancer after receiving a degree in Fine Arts. Her life changed when a friend asked her to help him shoot a students film. "When the director said, 'Action!' the entire crew, like magic, became invisible and only the actors were performing," she recalls. "That was the spark." In cinematography, she had found a medium into which to channel all of her passions.

Among her feature films are Frame of Mind, Kiss Me Guido, Francis, His & Hers, No Way Home and the Last Good Time. Award wining feature documentaries include Particle Fever, Mad Hot Ballroom, Oscar nominated film God is the Bigger Elvis, Oscar nominated film My Architect (add'l DP), Oscar nominated film Small Wonders (add'l DP), and Oscar nominated film Sister Rose's Passion (add'l DP).

Television credits include The Newlywed (BRAVO), Extreme Guide to Parenting (BRAVO), Broadway or Bust (PBS), The Soul of A Man, Wim Wenders contribution to the 7-part series The Blues (PBS), Notes for my Daughter (ABC) and Monsters (FOX).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Amy Sewell

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