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Seamus McGarvey

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Seamus McGarvey
McGarvey filming No.1 Ladies Detective Agency
Born (1967-06-29) 29 June 1967 (age 51)
OccupationCinematographer, director

Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC (born 29 June 1967) is a cinematographer from Northern Ireland.

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Life and career

McGarvey was born in Armagh, Northern Ireland.[1] He began his career as a still photographer, before attending film school at the University of Westminster in London.

He has received two Academy Award nominations for his cinematography, on Joe Wright's 2007 drama Atonement and his 2012 adaptation of Leo Tolstoy's novel Anna Karenina.

In addition to the Oscar nominations, McGarvey won the British Society of Cinematographers (B.S.C.) award for Anna Karenina, as well as a nomination for Atonement, and earned BAFTA and A.S.C. nods for both projects. Atonement earned him nominations for the British Independent Film Award, the Chicago Film Critics Association and the Online Film Critics Society, and he received the top honor from the Phoenix Film Critics Society.

McGarvey has won three Evening Standard British Film Awards for Atonement, Anna Karenina and Stephen Daldry's The Hours and Irish Film & Television Awards for Atonement, Anna Karenina, Sahara and We Need to Talk About Kevin. In 2004, he was awarded the Royal Photographic Society's prestigious Lumiere Medal, with Jack Cardiff, Freddie Francis, Roger Deakins and Ridley Scott, for contributions to the art of cinematography.

McGarvey comes from Armagh, Northern Ireland, and began his career as a stills photographer before attending film school at the University of Westminster in London. Upon graduating in 1988, he began shooting short films and documentaries, including Skin, which was nominated for a Royal Television Society Cinematography Award, and Atlantic, directed by Sam Taylor-Wood. The latter project, an experimental, three-screen projected film created in 1997, earned Taylor-Wood a nomination for the 1998 Turner Prize and led to an ongoing collaboration between McGarvey and the director.

His four dozen credits as director of photography include Joss Whedon's superhero film The Avengers; Lynne Ramsay's We Need to Talk About Kevin; Oliver Stone's World Trade Center; Gary Winick's Charlotte's Web; John Hamburg's Along Came Polly; Stephen Frears' High Fidelity; Mike Nichols' Wit; Michael Apted's Enigma; Michael Winterbottom's Butterfly Kiss; and two projects marking actors' directorial debuts: Tim Roth's The War Zone and Alan Rickman's The Winter Guest. He served as cinematographer on the pilot for the TV series The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, directed by Anthony Minghella.

He reunited with director Wright for his 2009 drama The Soloist, and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood (now Sam Taylor-Johnson) on her acclaimed 2008 drama Nowhere Boy, her 2011 short, James Bond Supports International Women's Dayand the Death Valley segment of the 2006 erotic drama Destricted. Following his work on Godzilla, he teamed with Taylor-Johnson on her big screen adaptation, and Hollywood directorial debut, of the bestselling novel Fifty Shades of Grey. He has photographed Pan, The Accountant, Nocturnal Animals, Life, The Greatest Showman, Greta, and Bad Times at the El Royale, and Pinocchio.

His documentary work includes Lost Angels: Skid Row Is My Home, which followed his work on Wright's The Soloist, and filmed in the same locales; Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction; Rolling Stones: Tip of the Tongue; and The Name of This Film Is Dogme95.

Supplementing his work on features and telefilms, McGarvey has photographed and directed over 100 music videos for various artists, including Coldplay, Paul McCartney, Dusty Springfield, The Rolling Stones, U2, and Robbie Williams.

In 2015, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws from Dundee University and an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of Ulster. He is an Honorary Fellow of Edinburgh College of Art. He is featured in the book In Conversation with Cinematographers by David A. Ellis.

His children include Stella McGarvey, Samuel McGarvey, and Ossian McGarvey Arenlind.



Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Title Director Notes
1995 Butterfly Kiss Michael Winterbottom
1997 The Winter Guest Alan Rickman
1999 I Could Read the Sky Nichola Bruce
The Big Tease Kevin Allen
The War Zone Tim Roth
A Map of the World Scott Elliott
2000 High Fidelity Stephen Frears
2001 Enigma Michael Apted
2002 The Hours Stephen Daldry
2003 The Actors Conor McPherson
2004 Along Came Polly John Hamburg
2005 Sahara Breck Eisner
2006 Charlotte's Web Gary Winick
World Trade Center Oliver Stone
2007 Atonement Joe Wright Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
2009 Nowhere Boy Sam Taylor-Wood
The Soloist Joe Wright
2011 We Need to Talk About Kevin Lynne Ramsay
2012 Anna Karenina Joe Wright Nominated – Academy Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases
Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Cinematography
The Avengers Joss Whedon
2014 Godzilla Gareth Edwards
2015 Fifty Shades of Grey Sam Taylor-Wood
Pan Joe Wright
2016 Nocturnal Animals Tom Ford Nominated – BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Cinematography
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Cinematography
The Accountant Gavin O'Connor
2017 Life Daniel Espinosa
The Greatest Showman Michael Gracey
2018 Greta Neil Jordan
Bad Times at the El Royale Drew Goddard


Short films

Further reading

  • Ballinger, Alexander; New Cinematographers (2004) ISBN 978-1-85669-334-9


  1. ^ "Cinematographer Seamus McGarvey Public Interview". IFTN. 28 April 2008. Archived from the original on 15 February 2015. Retrieved 15 February 2015.

External links

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