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Janusz Kamiński

Janusz Kamiński
Born Janusz Zygmunt Kamiński
(1959-06-27) June 27, 1959 (age 61)
Ziębice, Poland
Nationality Polish[1]
Alma mater Columbia College Chicago (B.A., 1987)[2]
AFI Conservatory (M.F.A., 1987)[3]
Occupation Cinematographer, film director
Years active 1986–present
Spouse(s) Holly Hunter (1995–2001)
Rebecca Rankin (2004–10)

Academy Award for Best Cinematography for Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly 2008

Janusz Zygmunt Kamiński (Polish: [ˌjanuʂ kaˈmiɲskʲi]; born June 27, 1959) is a Polish[1] cinematographer and film director who started his career in the United States. He rose to fame in the 1990s following Cool as Ice (1991) and Schindler's List (1993). Since then, he has photographed all of Steven Spielberg's films.[4] He won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan (1998). In recent years, Kamiński has also moved into the field of directing.

Life and career

Kamiński was born in Ziębice, Poland, the son of mother, Jadwiga Celner, and father, Marian Kaminski.[5] He emigrated at the age of 21—after Prime Minister Jaruzelski imposed martial law in 1981—to the United States.

He attended Columbia College in Chicago from 1982 to 1987, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree,[2] taking up film making as a profession before transferring to the AFI Conservatory, where he graduated with a Master of Fine Arts degree.

Kamiński was first discovered by Steven Spielberg in 1991. After seeing the television film Wildflower, Spielberg hired Kamiński to shoot Class of '61, a television film in which Spielberg served as producer.[6]

He twice won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography in the 1990s, for Schindler's List and Saving Private Ryan. He has been nominated four additional times for Amistad, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, War Horse and Lincoln. In 2010, he was awarded the Franklin J. Schaffer Alumni Medal by the AFI Conservatory.[7]

Kamiński was married to actress Holly Hunter from 1995 until 2001. He married ABC reporter Rebecca Rankin in 2004.[8]



Film director

  • Lost Souls (2000)
  • Hania (2007)
  • American Dream (2011)



  1. ^ a b "Can Kaminski clinch Oscar for Lincoln?". Polskie Radio. February 22, 2013. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Spot On: Mauro Fiore", Demo, January 2010, Columbia College, Chicago
  4. ^ He Makes It Look Picture-perfect, Los Angeles Times, November 21, 2007
  5. ^ "Janusz Kaminski (1959–)". Filmreference. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  6. ^ Mamelstein, David (February 20, 2013). "Spielberg's Eye". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ Sullivan, Michael (June 10, 2010). "AFI awards Kaminski". Variety. Reed Business Information. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Rebecca Rankin and Janusz Kaminski". Variety. Reed Business Information. February 16, 2004. Retrieved February 27, 2013. 

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