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Also Known As: Dick Pope Bsc, Richard Pope Died:
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Birth Place: Profession: director of photography

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A director of photography who rose to the forefront of his profession with "Secrets and Lies" (1996), Dick Pope has demonstrated an uncanny flair and understanding for spatial composition, realistic illumination, and the drawing out of the emotional texture of a film in tandem with the director. Of particular note in "Secrets and Lies" was the key teahouse scene when mother and daughter are reunited for the first time. With only two setups and a bare background in semi-soft focus, Pope's lighting and spatial work combined to bring the audience deeply into one of the most archetypal scenes in a very rich movie.Pope began his career as a camera operator on documentaries made in Africa for the BBC and Granada TV. He photographed a major series of films on Kenya's Masai tribe, and contributed to the "Disappearing Worlds" series on Granada. Also in Africa, he was director of photography on such features as "Dark City" (1991) and "The Air Up There" (1992), which featured Kevin Bacon as an American training Africans in the fine art of basketball. Pope's collaborations with Mike Leigh have included the award-winning "Life Is Sweet" (1991) and "Naked" (1993), which, like "Secrets and Lies" is contained mostly...

A director of photography who rose to the forefront of his profession with "Secrets and Lies" (1996), Dick Pope has demonstrated an uncanny flair and understanding for spatial composition, realistic illumination, and the drawing out of the emotional texture of a film in tandem with the director. Of particular note in "Secrets and Lies" was the key teahouse scene when mother and daughter are reunited for the first time. With only two setups and a bare background in semi-soft focus, Pope's lighting and spatial work combined to bring the audience deeply into one of the most archetypal scenes in a very rich movie.

Pope began his career as a camera operator on documentaries made in Africa for the BBC and Granada TV. He photographed a major series of films on Kenya's Masai tribe, and contributed to the "Disappearing Worlds" series on Granada. Also in Africa, he was director of photography on such features as "Dark City" (1991) and "The Air Up There" (1992), which featured Kevin Bacon as an American training Africans in the fine art of basketball. Pope's collaborations with Mike Leigh have included the award-winning "Life Is Sweet" (1991) and "Naked" (1993), which, like "Secrets and Lies" is contained mostly in interiors and called for keen lighting. Pope shot Philip Ridley's "The Reflecting Skin" (1991), winning a Best Photography award at the Sitges Festival, and his bright and airy work enhanced Agnieszka Holland's "The Secret Garden" (1993).

Pope's TV work has included "The Blackbeath Poisonings" (1993), seen in the USA on "Masterpiece Theatre" (PBS), and two projects with director Terry Winsor, "Fool's Gold: Brink's-Mat Story" (1994) and "The Great Kandinsky" (1995). The latter also aired on "Masterpiece Theatre".

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Worked as camera operator on numerous documentaries, many in Africa
1986:
Early work as a director of photography on "Coming Up Roses"
1991:
Worked with director Mike Leigh on "Life Is Sweet"
1991:
Was director of photography on award-winning "The Reflecting Skin"
1992:
Returned to Africa as cinematographer on "The Air Up There"
1993:
Served as d.p. on "The Secret Garden"
1995:
Was cinematographer on the TV production "The Great Kadinsky"
1996:
Won international acclaim for his work on Leigh's "Secrets and Lies"
1999:
Reteamed with Leigh for "Topsy-Turvy"
2001:
Was director of photography on the feature "13 Conversations About One Thing"; screened at Toronto; screened in 2002 at Sundance
2002:
Was the cinematographer for the film "Nicholas Nickleby"
2004:
Reteamed with Leigh for "Vera Drake"
2006:
Earned an Oscar nomination for "The Illusionist"
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