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CINEMATOGRAPHER BARRY ACKROYD

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“Less is more” and “personal art sacrificed for the greater whole (the film)” are the two catchphrases that Barry Ackroyd often quotes when describing his own artistic style. ‘Captain Phillips’, Paul Greengrass-directed dramatisation of real-life hijacking of the Maersk Alabama ship by the Somali pirates in 2009 is full of urgent hand-held camera work which is a cinematic trademark refined and perfected by Ackroyd. It lends an air of pseudo-documentary authenticity to carefully staged reconstructions, putting us right there in the huddle of the action.

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CINEMATOGRAPHER ROGER DEAKINS

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Anton Chigurh’s (Javier Bardem) placid face and unflinching eyes after murdering his first police officer just a few minutes into ‘No Country For Old Men’; April Wheeler (Kate Winslet) standing in the middle of her suburban bedroom quietly bleeding herself to death in ‘Revolutionary Road’; Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) rushing on the horseback to get the rattlesnake bitten Mattie to the doctor as the day light changes and the huge surreal stars light the sky in ‘True Grit’ – all these images remain deeply etched in our minds thanks to Roger Deakins’ unique gift to tell the story of a character in a single photographic shot by combining almost documentary-style realism with deep lyricism.

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CINEMATOGRAPHER ROBBIE RYAN

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Irish-born Robbie Ryan, who was a budding cinematographer from the age of 14 and graduated from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology has had a colourful and multi-faceted career that spans commercials, music videos, experimental video, drama and various genres of feature films. He has built up a hugely impressive list of visually exciting credits including Brick Lane, The Scouting Book For Boys, Isolation, The Summit, and the acclaimed C4 television drama, I Am Slave, which was nominated for a BAFTA in 2011. It was, however, his much-acclaimed partnership with the Scottish arthouse film director Andrea Arnold that helped Ryan sharpen up his creative focus and find a place in the cinematographers’ hall of fame.

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CINEMATOGRAPHER BEN DAVIS

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Ben Davis (b. 1961) started his career at Samuelsons Camera House, now a part of the motion picture equipment company Panavision. He worked as clapper loader, focus puller, and camera operator in both feature films and commercials. Ben started as a Cinematographer in commercials and pop promos, shooting award winning spots with directors such as Daniel Barber, Steve Reeves and Daniel Klienman.

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CINEMATOGRAPHER SEAMUS McGARVEY

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Seamus McGarvey was born in 1967 and began his budding career as a teenage photographer by experimenting in the dark room set up in the bathroom of his family home in Armagh, Northern Ireland. His first foray into the moving pictures was the Super 8 camera his art teacher lent him. Upon graduating from the University of Westminster in London in 1988 he began shooting short films and documentaries and directed over 100 music videos for artists such as U2, The Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney and Coldplay.

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