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Thierry Arbogast

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Birth Place: France Profession: director of photography

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Arguably the top French director of photography working in films, Thierry Arbogast has won a reputation not only for being fearless enough to shoot in any place, any heat, any season, but also for his ground-breaking mixing of film stocks during production on a single film, his intense preparation for each film, and his oft-stylized, oft-mesmerizing composition, usually featuring a manipulated color palette, and controlled but efficient lighting. Arbogast has worked with numerous French directors, but American audiences are aware of him mostly though his association with director Luc Besson on "La Femme Nikita" (1990), "The Professional" (1994) and "The Fifth Element" (1997).

Arguably the top French director of photography working in films, Thierry Arbogast has won a reputation not only for being fearless enough to shoot in any place, any heat, any season, but also for his ground-breaking mixing of film stocks during production on a single film, his intense preparation for each film, and his oft-stylized, oft-mesmerizing composition, usually featuring a manipulated color palette, and controlled but efficient lighting. Arbogast has worked with numerous French directors, but American audiences are aware of him mostly though his association with director Luc Besson on "La Femme Nikita" (1990), "The Professional" (1994) and "The Fifth Element" (1997).

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Began working in films as camera assistant at age 17
1983:
Broke in as director of photography working on "Le Prefere" and "Les Jacondes"
1990:
Worked with Luc Besson for first time on "La Femme Nikita"
1994:
Shot first English-language film, Besson's "The Professional"
1995:
Firmed international reputation with "Le hussard sur le toit/The Horseman on the Roof"
1996:
Was director of photography on Patrice Leconte's "Ridicule"
1997:
Worked with Luc Besson on big budget "The Fifth Element"
1997:
Shot first US feature "She's So Lovely"
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"Arbogast can afford to be picky. He gets offered the cream of the crop in France." --a rival DP to THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, May 14, 1996

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