Bob Richman

Cinematographer

Bob Richman, Cinematographer

Classes taught:
Cinematography and Sound II

Bob Richman was born in Brooklyn New York and received a BA in psychology from SUNY Buffalo. He began his career in film working with the vérité pioneers Albert and David Maysles. He worked his way up from production assistant to assistant cameraman to cameraman. In 1991 he shared the director of photography credit with Albert Maysels on Christo's Umbrellas. The film documented Christo's installation of three thousand umbrellas north of Los Angeles and north of Tokyo. Mayseles covered the Japan story and Richman covered the California story. In 1993 Richman teamed up with Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky to shoot the HBO film Paradise Lost: the Robin Hood Hills Child Murders. Richman was nominated for a prime time Emmy. The film won an Emmy for best editing and also the prestigious Peabody award for journalism. Richman continued his collaboration as director of photography with Berlinger and Sinofsky on Paradise Lost 2, Meltallica: Some Kind of Monster, and the Sundance series Iconoclast. Richman began shooting real people and doc style commercials for such brands as McDonalds, Walmart, La Batts, Coors Lite, Gateway Computers and Blue Cross Blue Shield. He continued shooting documentaries, including The Producers: A Musical Romp with Mel Brooks, Good Rockin' Tonight, A Tickle in the Heart, Constantine's Sword and Killing Kasztner. When Nathanial Kahn approached Richman to shoot a film about his father, the famous architect Louis Kahn, he explained that he didn't want an American Masters type tribute but rather a film about his own journey, as an illegitimate son, in search of a father who died before he could really know him. My Architect, brilliantly directed by Kahn and exquisitely edited by Sabine Krayenbuhl, and was nominated for an academy award in 2004. In the spring of 2005 Richman flew down to Nashville Tennessee to film former Vice President Al Gore on his family farm with director Davis Guggenheim. That footage became an integral part of the film An Inconvenient Truth, one of the highest grossing documentaries of all time and won Davis an academy award for best feature length documentary. In 2007 director RJ Coutler contacted Richman to work on film about the notorious chief editor of Vogue Magazine, Anna Wintour. For almost eight months Richman followed Wintour and her staff at their offices in New York and at fashion shows and shoots in London, Paris and Rome. That film premiered at Sundance this year and Richman won the grand jury prize for best cinematography for documentary. The September Issue will have its theatrical release in August of this year. Ahead of Time, is Richman's first film as a director. Richman teamed up with first time producer and noted food photographer Zeva Oelbaum and reunited with editor Sabine Kraenbuhl, to craft an intimate portrait of the 97 year old journalist and photo-journalist Ruth Gruber.

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