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Also Known As: Bob Richardson, Robert Bridge Richardson Died:
Born: August 27, 1955 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Hyannis, Massachusetts, USA Profession: director of photography, camera operator

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Prior to becoming a regular collaborator with such prominent directors as Oliver Stone and Quentin Tarantino, cinematographer Robert Richardson served his apprenticeship shooting second unit on "Repo Man" (1984) while filming television documentaries for PBS and the BBC. His television work led Stone to hire him to shoot "Salvador" (1986) and "Platoon" (1986), both of which required a cinéma vérité style that only a documentary cinematographer could offer. From there, he worked almost exclusively for Stone, filming "Wall Street" (1987), "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989) and "The Doors" (1991), while occasionally branching out to shoot films like John Sayles' "Eight Men Out" (1988) and "City of Hope" (1991). But it was his stunning work using a multitude of stock and cameras to create a documentary feel for "JFK" (1991), which earned the cinematographer his first Academy Award. While he sharpened the hyperkinetic style of "JFK" in "Natural Born Killers" (1994), "Nixon" (1995) and "U-Turn" (1997), Richardson was in-demand by other top Hollywood directors like Tarantino and Martin Scorsese, both of whom tapped the director of photography for films like "Bringing Out the Dead" (1999), "Kill Bill, Vol....

Prior to becoming a regular collaborator with such prominent directors as Oliver Stone and Quentin Tarantino, cinematographer Robert Richardson served his apprenticeship shooting second unit on "Repo Man" (1984) while filming television documentaries for PBS and the BBC. His television work led Stone to hire him to shoot "Salvador" (1986) and "Platoon" (1986), both of which required a cinéma vérité style that only a documentary cinematographer could offer. From there, he worked almost exclusively for Stone, filming "Wall Street" (1987), "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989) and "The Doors" (1991), while occasionally branching out to shoot films like John Sayles' "Eight Men Out" (1988) and "City of Hope" (1991). But it was his stunning work using a multitude of stock and cameras to create a documentary feel for "JFK" (1991), which earned the cinematographer his first Academy Award. While he sharpened the hyperkinetic style of "JFK" in "Natural Born Killers" (1994), "Nixon" (1995) and "U-Turn" (1997), Richardson was in-demand by other top Hollywood directors like Tarantino and Martin Scorsese, both of whom tapped the director of photography for films like "Bringing Out the Dead" (1999), "Kill Bill, Vol. 1" (2003) and "Kill Bill, Vol. 2" (2004). Richardson earned Oscars two and three for his work with Scorsese on "The Aviator" (2004) and "Hugo" (2011). As he continued to earn acclaim for projects like Tarantino's "Django Unchained" (2012), there was no doubt that Richardson was one of the finest cinematographers working in Hollywood.

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Raised on Cape Cod. Massachusetts
1984:
Shot additional sequences for "Repo Man"
1984:
Served as 2nd unit camera operator on the film "Making the Grade"; credited as Bob Richardson
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Was cinematographer for segments of the PBS documentary series "Frontline"
1986:
First film as director of photography, Oliver Stone's feature directorial debut, "Salvador"; also shot Stone's "Platoon" that year, which earned him his first Oscar nomination for Best Cinematography
1987:
Re-teamed with Stone on "Wall Street"
1988:
First collaboration with John Sayles, "Eight Men Out"
1989:
Garnered second Best Cinematography Oscar nomination for Stone's "Born on the Fourth of July"
1991:
Received Best Cinematography Academy Award for work on Stone's "JFK"; also shot Stone's "The Doors" that year
1991:
Re-teamed with Sayles for "City of Hope"
1992:
Worked as director of photography on Rob Reiner's "A Few Good Men"
1992:
Served as a second unit photographer with Haskell Wexler on "To the Moon, Alice" ("Showtime); also credited as visual consultant
1995:
Photographed Martin Scorsese's "Casino"
1995:
Worked as the cinematographer on Stone's "Nixon"
1997:
First collaboration with documentary filmmaker Errol Morris, "Fast, Cheap & Out of Control"
1997:
Re-teamed with Stone for "U-Turn"; unable to complete photography when filming went over the schedule due to a prior commitment to "Wag the Dog"
1997:
Served as director of photography for Barry Levinson's "Wag the Dog"
1998:
Provided the glorious camerawork for Robert Redford's "The Horse Whisperer"
1999:
Re-teamed with Morris for "Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr."
1999:
Re-teamed with Scorsese for "Bringing Out the Dead"
1999:
Served as director of photography on Scott Hicks' "Snow Falling on Cedars"; earned fourth Oscar nod for Best Cinematography
2003:
Served as the cinematographer for Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill: Vol. 1" (2003) and "Kill Bill: Vol. 2" (2004)
2004:
Third collaboration with Scorsese for "The Aviator"
2006:
Served as the cinematographer for Robert De Niro's "The Good Shepherd"
2008:
Again re-teamed with Scorsese for "Shine a Light"
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Fifth collaboration with Scorsese, "Shutter Island" (filmed in 2008)
2009:
Re-teamed with Tarantino for "Inglourious Basterds"; earned an Oscar nomination for Cinematography
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Education

AFI Conservatory: Los Angeles , California -
University of Vermont: Burlington , Vermont -
Rhode Island School of Design: Providence , Rhode Island -
Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute: - 1979 - 1981

Notes

Remembering the cinematic problems presented by one of his favorite locations in "U-Turn": "The sun would appear in the valley to the east of a very high cliff, and did not rise over [the precipice] until almost 10:50 a.m., so it wouldn't hit the rocks below. Then the sun would go behind the mountain and put the valley in shadow around 3:20 p.m. But we were able to get certain shots before 9 a.m. by moving to another area which got morning light, (a half-mile from the principal location)." --Robert Richardson, quoted in American Cinematographer, October 1997

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wife:
Monona Wali. Writer, filmmaker.

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daughter:
Kanchan Richardson. Born in March 1990.

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