ANTHONY B. RICHMOND A.S.C., B.S.C.
Director of Photography
One of the world’s most accomplished cinematographers, Anthony B. Richmond’s career spans over five decades. Born and raised in London, Anthony Richmond worked his way up through the ranks to his current position of Director of Photography. He began at the age of 16 as a messenger with Associate British Cinemas and later with Pathe-News, where he was promoted to the camera department. He next worked as Assistant Cameraman on films including; Call Me Bwana, From Russia with Love, Devil-Ship Pirates, The Gorgan, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Truffaut’s Fahrenheit 451, and David Leans’s Dr. Zhivago.
Mr. Richmond also served as focus-puller on Casino Royale and on Far From the Madding Crowd for Director John Schlesinger, for who he also later served as Cinematographer for the documentary; Israel: A Right To Live, made just days after the Six-Day War. Shortly afterwards, Mr. Richmond began working as Director of Photography on feature films, with his first being the 1967 motion picture; Only When I Larf directed by Basil Dearden.
An award-winning Cinematographer, Anthony Richmond has had numerous collaborations with Director Nicolas Roeg who recently passed. Lensing five of his the legendary directors films including; Don’t Look Now – for which Richmond won the prestigious BAFTA award, The Man Who Fell To Earth, starring David Bowie, Bad Timing, Heart Of Darkness, and Full Body Massage for Showtime.
Some of Mr. Richmond’s additional credits include; The Sandlot, the cult classic horror film Candyman, based on a Clive Barker short story, Stardust for Michael Apted, Playing God, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights, Rough Riders for John Milius, Silver Bears for Ivan Passer, That’s Life, and Sunset for Blake Edwards, The Eagle Has Landed for John Sturges, and The Greek Tycoon for J. Lee Thompson.
Anthony Richmond also served as Director of Photography on Tony Goldwin’s directorial debut Walk On The Moon, Sean Penn’s directorial debut Indian Runner, and Anjelica Houston’s directorial debut Bastard Out Of Carolina, collaborating yet again with her on: Agnes Brown, and Riding The Bus With My Sister.
Anthony Richmond was also responsible for iconic photography for much of the seminal British music scene of the late 60’s. He shot the Rolling Stones classic, Sympathy For The Devil (aka One Plus One) for the legendary Jean-Luc Godard, with which he then collaborated with Michael Lindsey Hogg on The Rolling Stones Rock And Roll Circus, and also, The Beatles’ Let It Be. Mr. Richmond’s additional rock and roll credits include: The Who’s The Kids Are Alright, as well as the documentary Glastonbury Fayre.
His most recent credits include; Good Luck Chuck, The Comebacks, Shade, Havana Nights, Legally Blond, Ravenous, Men Of Honor, The Sweetest Thing, Someone Like You, Just Friends, John Tucker Must Die, Autopsy, Sex and Lies in Sin City, The Rocker, Alvin the Squeakquel, Coffee Town, and The Assets for Peter Medak.
Most recently for the past two years, Mr. Richmond has served as Faculty Chair of the Cinematography Department at The New York Film Academy in Burbank, California. Here, Mr. Richmond teaches the next generation of Cinematographers, and frequently collaborates with other creatives outside of the academic community to development significant relationships between his students and industry professionals. Mr. Richmond is fulfilled in mentoring aspiring filmmakers and enjoys meeting students to discuss their goals.
In addition to giving back as a teacher and having a legendary career as widely esteemed, and prolific Cinematographer, Mr. Richmond additionally a member of the Academy Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (A.M.P.A.S), British Academy of Film & Television Arts (B.A.F.T.A), American Society of Cinematographers (A.S.C), and British Society of Cinematographers (B.S.C).
The following is an exclusive interview with Hollywood’s legendary image maker; Anthony Richmond, for The Hollywood Sentinel: