Sir Roger Alexander Deakins, born 24 May 1949, is an English cinematographer who has worked with directors such as the Coen brothers, Sam Mendes, and Denis Villeneuve. Deakins is a member of the British Society of Cinematographers as well as the American Society of Cinematographers.
He has five BAFTA Awards for Best Cinematography to his name and fifteen nominations, and two wins for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography.
Deakins, an alumnus of the National Film and Television Institution, was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the school to recognize his contribution to the British film.”
In 2011, the American Society of Cinematographers honored Deakins with a Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Palace awarded him a CBE in 2013 for his contributions to the cinema industry. He was knighted as a Knight Bachelor in the New Year Honours of 2021.
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Sir Roger Deakins, the Academy Award-winning cinematographer, is now presenting his still photography to the public after many years in the darkroom. The prolific cinematographer will publish a book of his still photography later this year, as announced on Instagram for Team Deakins, the podcast Deakins produces with his wife and collaborator, James Deakins.
What’s there in the post?
According to the post, the book will span over fifty years of photography, which has been “rarely shared” with the public, accompanied by a black-and-white shot of Deakins shooting a camera.
The project, titled Byways, is “something he’s always wanted to do,” as he shot on film at the countless sites he visited as a cinematographer.
Who are the filmmakers he’s known to work with?
Deakins has over eighty cinematography credits to his name and has been elected into both the American and British Society of Cinematographers. He is most known for his collaborations with filmmakers such as the Coen Brothers and Denis Villeneuve.
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He has been nominated for fifteen Academy Awards and has won two of them, including Best Cinematography in Blade Runner 2049 and Best Cinematography in 1917.
What photos does the book include?
The photography included in Byways has not been revealed. Still, according to Distributed Art Publishers, the book’s American distributor, it will consist of three suites of photographs that chronicle Deakins’ changing photographic approach through time.
Images from the book have yet to be revealed, but based on Deakins’ previous work as a cinematographer, the work is sure to be outstanding. Deakins is no stranger to the lens of a camera or how to skillfully manipulate it, having worked on films like The Shawshank Redemption, Skyfall, and A Beautiful Mind.