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Seamus McGarvey, B.S.C.

Director of Photography

Seamus 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 (including Atlantic,which was nominated for the Turner Prize).

In 1998, the British Society of Cinematographers (B.S.C.) invited him to become a member. In 2004, he was awarded the Royal Photographic Society's prestigious Lumière medal, for contributions to the art of cinematography.

Mr. McGarvey's features as director of photography include Oliver Stone's World Trade Center, for which he was nominated for an Irish Film and Television (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; and Michael Winterbottom's Butterfly Kiss.

His current feature project as cinematographer is Anthony Minghella's The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency.