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Also Known As: Emmanuel Lubezki Morgenstern, Chivo Lubezki Died:
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Birth Place: Mexico Profession: director of photography, producer

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Arguably one of the world's best directors of photography and the best Mexican cinematographer of his generation, award-winning Emmanuel Lubezki shot to prominence with the success of "Like Water for Chocolate" (1991), directed by Alfonso Arau and has gone on to a career that has encompassed independent films as well as mainstream Hollywood fare.

Arguably one of the world's best directors of photography and the best Mexican cinematographer of his generation, award-winning Emmanuel Lubezki shot to prominence with the success of "Like Water for Chocolate" (1991), directed by Alfonso Arau and has gone on to a career that has encompassed independent films as well as mainstream Hollywood fare.

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Began taking still photographs at age 12
1987:
Shot second unit work on "Gaby - A True Story"
1989:
Produced "El Camino Largo a Tijuana", the feature directorial debut of Luis Estrada
1991:
Debut as director of photography "Bandidos/Bandits", helmed by Estrada; also produced
1991:
First collaboration with director Alfonso Cuaron, "Love in the Time of Hysteria"
1992:
Breakthrough feature as a cinematographer, "Like Water for Chocolate", directed by Alfonso Arau; (US release in 1993)
1993:
Reteamed with Estrada for "Ambar"
1993:
Served as cinematographer on the American independent "Twenty Bucks"
1993:
US debut as Cinematographer for the two segments of the Showtime anthology series "Fallen Angels," the Cuaron-directed "Murder, Obliquely" and the Tom Hanks directed "I'll Be Waiting"
1994:
Shot "Reality Bites", directed by Ben Stiller
1995:
Earned richly deserved Academy Award nomination for "A Little Princess", directed by Cuaron
1995:
Reteamed with Arau for "A Walk in the Clouds"
1996:
Was director of photography on "The Birdcage", helmed by Mike Nichols
1998:
Fourth film with Cuaron, the contemporary remake of "Great Expectations"
1998:
Shot "Meet Joe Black"
1999:
Garnered widespread praise and an Oscar nomination for Tim Burton's "Sleepy Hollow"
2000:
Director of Photography for "Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her" the directorial debut for Rodrigo Garcia; premiered at Sundance (aired on Showtime in 2001)
2001:
Served as cinematographer on "Ali"
2002:
Was director of photography on "Frida"
2002:
Reteamed with director Alfonso Cuaron for "Y Tu Mama Tambien"
2005:
Received third Oscar nomination for his work on Terrence Malick's "The New World"
2006:
Reteamed with director Alfonso Cuaron for "Children of Men"; earned an Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography
2011:
Lensed Malick's "The Tree of Life"
2013:
Reunited with Cuaron for "Gravity"
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Education

National University: -

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"When I saw the movie ['The Little Princess'] I didn't even remember shooting it. It was the first time that had happened to me. The music, the images, the acting, and the editing all blended together, and suddenly I was trapped in the movie. It was a great feeling; I must have cried three times." --Emmanuel Lubezki in American Cinematographer, June 1996

"Before each movie I do a lot of tests. The producers don't love that, but I do them very closely with the director so that there are no surprises. You establish a look from the tests and then you try to be consistent for the whole movie." --Lubezki in American Cinematographer, June 1996

"Every project is completely different. I don't have any set style. That depends on the director and the script. Before shooting any movie, I try to see a lot of films to find ideas that I can use to tell my own stories. But the important thing to remember is that cinematography is not an end unto itself, and doesn't mean anything without the rest [of the production values]." -- Emmanuel Lubezki in American Cinematographer, June 1996

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