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Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC
Director of Photography
As cinematographer of Atonement, also for Anna Karenina director Joe Wright, Seamus McGarvey received BAFTA, American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), and Academy Award nominations. He was also honored with an Irish Film and Television (IFTA) Award for career achievement.
His most recent movie as cinematographer was Joss Whedon’s The Avengers, which is the third-highest-grossing movie of all time.
Mr. McGarvey was born in Armagh, Northern Ireland. He began his career as a stills photographer before attending film school in London. After graduating in 1988, he began shooting short films and documentaries, including Skin, for which he was nominated for a Royal Television Society Cinematography Award. He also photographed and directed over 100 music videos, for such artists as Coldplay, Paul McCartney, Dusty Springfield, The Rolling Stones, U2, and Robbie Williams.
In the late 1990s, Mr. McGarvey began his continuing association with Sam Taylor-Wood, lighting many of her installations, photographs, and films. The latter have included Atlantic,which was nominated for the Turner Prize; the short Love You More, starring Harry Treadaway and Andrea Riseborough; and the feature Nowhere Boy, starring Aaron Johnson of Anna Karenina.
His other features as director of photography include Joe Wright’s The Soloist; Lynne Ramsay’s We Need to Talk About Kevin, for which he was a British Independent Film Award (BIFA) nominee and won an IFTA Award; Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center, for which he was nominated for an IFTA Award; Gary Winick’s Charlotte's Web; Stephen Daldry’s The Hours, for which he won the Evening Standard British Film Award for Best Technical/Artistic Achievement; Breck Eisner’s Sahara, for which he won an IFTA Award; John Hamburg’s Along Came Polly; Stephen Frears’ High Fidelity; Mike Nichols’ Wit; Michael Apted’s Enigma; Tim Roth’s The War Zone; Alan Rickman’s The Winter Guest; Michael Winterbottom’s Butterfly Kiss; and Anthony Minghella’s The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency.
In 2004, Mr. McGarvey was awarded the Royal Photographic Society’s prestigious Lumière medal, for contributions to the art of cinematography.