Roger deakins, the famous British cinematographer with 15 Oscar nominations and two wins, announced via Instagram that he will soon be releasing his first photography book. Diverse paths will be available in the UK in August and in the US this fall.
“It’s something he always wanted to do,” wrote the Team Deakins social media account, “and we finally got it up and running!” The book will contain images that Deakins has rarely shared with others and that span 50 years, according to the announcement.
A longer description on Deakins’ website says the first images will be from his time documenting rural life in North Devon, England. Others in the book come from trips with his wife, a former screenplay supervisor and current collaborator. James deakins, New Zealand and Australia, as well as footage from filming locations such as Berlin, Budapest and New Mexico.
Deakins, 72, has had a long working relationship with Joel and Ethan Coen and was their director of photography on 12 films, including icy Fargo, black and white The man who wasn’t there, and best Oscar-winning film, There is no country for old people.
His first Oscar win, after 13 nominations and losses, was for Blade Runner 2049 and his second was for 1917. He didn’t win for There is no country for old people in 2007, maybe because he clashed that year with André Dominique‘s The assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford. While not the biggest box office hit of Deakins’ career, the use of vignetting and the unusual light source in Jesse james gave the film a warm welcome among movie lovers.
His early works include the filming Michael radfordIngsoc’s dystopian vision in 1984, Mountains on the moon, and the punk rock biopic, Sid and Nancy.
He also worked with Martin scorsese (Kundun), Agnieszka Holland (The secret garden), M. Night Shyamalan (The village), Franck Darabont (Shawshank’s Redemption), John sayles (Passion fish), Sam mendes (Fall from the sky and 1917), and Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Sicario, and Blade Runner 2049).
His next announced film will see him rework with Sam Mendes. Empire of light is located in a British coastal town in the 1980s and the stars Olivia coleman.
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