Began career at age 16 assisting cinematographer Freddie Young. Coop graduated to full-fledged director of photography in 1961 and through the decade produced some of the most precise black-and-white images conjured in England, notably on the early John Schlesinger films, "A Kind of Loving" (1962) and "Billy Liar"( 1963), Lindsay Anderson's "This Sporting Life" (1963), Joseph Losey's "King and Counrty" (1964) and Otto Preminger's "Bunny Lake is Missing" (1965). In 1978 he shared a special achievement Oscar for "Superman"'s special visual effects.
Cinematography (Feature Film)
Film Production - Main (Feature Film)
Began as camera assistant to Freddie Young (on "Goodbye Mr. Chips", "The Fallen Idol" and "The Third Man")
First film as director of photography, "A Kind of Loving"