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Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA Profession: director of photography

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Native New Yorker Fred Murphy's first credits as a director of photography came on low-budget films helmed by females: Martha Coolidge's "Not a Pretty Picture" (1975), Claudia Weill's "Girlfriends" (1978) and Lee Grant's "Tell Me a Riddle" (1980). In each case, he provided clean camerawork that did not detract from the inherent drama. He acquired his first real cachet in the industry, however, working with cinematographer-turned-director Richard Pearce on "Heartland" (1980), an unromanticized portrait of frontier life in 1910 Wyoming. Murphy's neat etching of the changing rural seasons was as much a character in the story, reflective of the shifts in the relationship between the film's protagonists. He has proven adept at capturing moments of reverie or nostalgia as in photographing Geraldine Page's bus ride to her hometown in "The Trip to Bountiful" (1985) or the passionate remembrance of a long dead love by an Irish wife in John Huston's elegiac "The Dead" (1987). Through camera placement and shifts in light, he is able to have the past and present on screen simultaneously.

Native New Yorker Fred Murphy's first credits as a director of photography came on low-budget films helmed by females: Martha Coolidge's "Not a Pretty Picture" (1975), Claudia Weill's "Girlfriends" (1978) and Lee Grant's "Tell Me a Riddle" (1980). In each case, he provided clean camerawork that did not detract from the inherent drama. He acquired his first real cachet in the industry, however, working with cinematographer-turned-director Richard Pearce on "Heartland" (1980), an unromanticized portrait of frontier life in 1910 Wyoming. Murphy's neat etching of the changing rural seasons was as much a character in the story, reflective of the shifts in the relationship between the film's protagonists. He has proven adept at capturing moments of reverie or nostalgia as in photographing Geraldine Page's bus ride to her hometown in "The Trip to Bountiful" (1985) or the passionate remembrance of a long dead love by an Irish wife in John Huston's elegiac "The Dead" (1987). Through camera placement and shifts in light, he is able to have the past and present on screen simultaneously.

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1975:
Shared cinematography credit with Don Lenzer on Martha Coolidge's "Not a Pretty Picture"
1978:
Served as director of photography for Claudia Weill's "Girlfriends"
1978:
TV debut as director of photography, "The Seven Wishes of Joanne Peabody", an ABC Weekend Special
1980:
Served as cinematographer on Richard Pearce's directorial debut, "Heartland"
1982:
Shared cinematography credit with Henri Alekin on Wim Wenders' "The State of Things"
1983:
Reteamed with Pearce for ABC movie "Sessions"
1986:
Provided the gorgeous photography of rural Indiana for David Anspaugh's feature directing debut, "Hoosiers"
1987:
Created the appropriately elegiac look for John Huston's final film, "The Dead"
1988:
Collaborated with Anspaugh on "Fresh Horses"
1989:
First film with director Paul Mazursky, "Enemies, A Love Story", adapted from Isaac Bashevis Singer's 1972 novel
1990:
Received Emmy nomination for ABC's "The Final Days", directed by Pearce
1991:
Reteamed with Mazursky for "Scenes from a Mall"
1993:
Third feature with Mazursky, "The Pickle"
1996:
Again worked with Pearce on the rural-themed "A Family Thing"
1996:
Collaborated with Mazursky on "Faithful"
1998:
Was cinematographer on "Dance With Me"
1999:
Powerfully captured both the nostalgia and grit of the 1950s West Virginia coal mining town of Joe Johnston's "October Sky"
1999:
Teamed with Pearce again for HBO movie "Witness Protection"; garnererd Emmy nomination
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