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Phedon Papamichael


Phedon Papamichael, a distinguished Director of Photography and Academy Award-nominated cinematographer, was born in Athens, Greece, and later moved to Munich with his family, where he completed his Fine Arts education in 1982. Initially working as a photojournalist, Papamichael made a pivotal move to New York in 1983, embarking on his journey into the world of cinematography.


In his early career, his exceptional talent shone through in his first short film, "Spud," filmed in mesmerizing black and white, which garnered him the prestigious Award for Best Cinematography at the Cork Film Festival in Ireland.


Throughout his illustrious career, Phedon Papamichael has contributed his creative vision to over forty-five feature films as a Director of Photography. Some of his early works include blockbuster hits like "While You Were Sleeping," "Cool Runnings," and "Phenomenon," all directed by Jon Turteltaub.


His repertoire is filled with critically-acclaimed films, such as "Unstrung Heroes," directed by Diane Keaton, and "Unhook the Stars," featuring Gena Rowlands and Gerard Depardieu, directed by Nick Cassavetes.


Among his early accolades, Papamichael played a significant role in the success of "The Million Dollar Hotel," directed by Wim Wenders, which was selected as the Opening Film for the Berlinale in 2000, winning the Grand Jury Prize, Silver Bear, and Golden Camera. He also lent his talents to the European co-production "27 Missing Kisses," directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Nana Djordjadze, which premiered at Directors Fortnight in Cannes 2000 and received the esteemed Kodak Vision Award for Best Cinematography. Both films garnered Camerimage nominations for Best Cinematography.


His exceptional black and white cinematography in the highly-praised film "Nebraska" earned him widespread acclaim and recognition, receiving Oscar, BAFTA, and ASC nominations, and ultimately securing the prestigious British Society of Cinematographers BSC Award for Best Cinematography in a Theatrical Feature Film.


In more recent times, Papamichael's outstanding work on "Ford vs. Ferrari" (also known as "Le Mans 66") was met with resounding acclaim, leading to four Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. His contributions to the film earned him further honors and nominations, such as ASC, BAFTA, Camerimage, Satellite, and Critics Choice awards.


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