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Born: August 10, 1942 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Moberly, Missouri, USA Profession: director of photography, camera operator

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A superior color cinematographer, John Bailey has enjoyed multi-film associations with directors Lawrence Kasdan (e.g., "The Big Chill" 1981; "The Accidental Tourist" 1988) and Paul Schrader (e.g., "American Gigolo" 1980; "Cat People" 1982). His strong visual sense has leant the proper atmospheric touches to films as diverse as Robert Redford's "Ordinary People" (1980) to Harold Ramis' "Groundhog Day" (1993). With production designer Eiko Ishioka and composer Philip Glass, Bailey shared a prize at Cannes for Best Artistic Contribution for his stunning work on Schrader's "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters" (1985). He has directed two features, the film adaptation of Lily Tomlin's one-woman show, "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe" (1991), which he also shot, and "China Moon" (1994). Bailey is married to film editor Carol Littleton.

A superior color cinematographer, John Bailey has enjoyed multi-film associations with directors Lawrence Kasdan (e.g., "The Big Chill" 1981; "The Accidental Tourist" 1988) and Paul Schrader (e.g., "American Gigolo" 1980; "Cat People" 1982). His strong visual sense has leant the proper atmospheric touches to films as diverse as Robert Redford's "Ordinary People" (1980) to Harold Ramis' "Groundhog Day" (1993). With production designer Eiko Ishioka and composer Philip Glass, Bailey shared a prize at Cannes for Best Artistic Contribution for his stunning work on Schrader's "Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters" (1985). He has directed two features, the film adaptation of Lily Tomlin's one-woman show, "The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe" (1991), which he also shot, and "China Moon" (1994). Bailey is married to film editor Carol Littleton.

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  Via Dolorosa (1999) Director
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  China Moon (1994) Director

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Raised in California
1972:
First film as director of photography, "Premonition"
1975:
Initial work with director Karen Arthur, "Legacy"
1978:
Reteamed with Arthur for "The Mafu Cage"
1979:
Served as cinematographer for the cult film "Winter Kills"
1980:
First collaboration with Paul Schrader, "American Gigolo"
1980:
Shot the Oscar-winning Best Picture "Ordinary People", directed by Robert Redford
1982:
Was instructor at the American Film Institute (Los Angeles)
1982:
Reteamed with Schrader on the remake of "Cat People"
1983:
First collaboration with director Lawrence Kasdan, "The Big Chill"
1984:
Returned as instructor at the AFI (Los Angeles)
1985:
Served as cinematographer on Schrader's "Mishima"
1985:
Collaborated again with Kasdan on the revisionist Western "Silverado"
1987:
Shot "Light of Day", directed by Schrader
1987:
Was visual consultant on Norman Mailer's directorial effort "Tough Guys Don't Dance"
1988:
Again collaborated with Lawrence Kasdan on "The Accidental Tourist"
1991:
Feature directorial debut, "The Search For Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe", starring Lily Tomlin; also served as director of photography
1992:
Was an interviewee for the documentary "Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography"
1993:
Was director of photography on the comedy "Groundhog Day" and the thriller "In the Line of Fire"
1994:
Shot "Nobody's Fool", directed by Robert Benton
1997:
Was cinematographer on the Oscar-nominated Best Picture "As Good As It Gets"
1998:
Shot "Living Out Loud"
1999:
Was the director of photography on "For Love of the Game"
2000:
Directed and served as cinematographer on "Via Dolorosa", a film adaptation of David Hare's stage monologue
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Education

University of Santa Clara: Santa Clara , California -
Loyola University Chicago: Chicago , Illinois -
University of Southern California: Los Angeles , California -
University of Vienna: -

Notes

Not to be confused with the actor of the same name

"Cinematographers and the general audience are looking at very different things when they talk about photography"--Bailey quoted in "Masters of Light: Conversations with Contemporary Cinematographers" by Dennis Schaefer and Larry Salvato (University of California Press, 1984).

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wife:
Carol Littleton. Editor. Married on March 11, 1972.

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