Vittorio Storaro

VITTORIO STORARO is born in Rome, the 24th of June 1940. In l 960 he graduated as “Cinematographer” at “Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia” (Italian Film Institute).

The moment of Cinematographic inception which had so long been unconsciously dreamt about, and consciously prepared, came in l968 with “GIOVINEZZA GIOVINEZZA” directed by Franco Rossi. This was the first film that gave Storaro a way of expressing himself completely, inserting in him all the photo-graphic concepts that are uniquely his, like a digital imprint of his photographic-figurative vision.

Directors like Luigi Bazzoni, Dario Argento, Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, Fabio Carpi, Giuliano Montaldo, Salvatore Samperi, Luca Ronconi, Michael Apted, John Harrison, Alfonso Arau but mainly Bernardo Bertolucci, Francis Ford Coppola, Warren Beatty , Carlos Saura and Alfonso Arau, brought him to a deeper and deeper cinematographic, stylistic maturity, which allowed him in time to develop a more Conscious research on the expressive lighting possibilities of Images.

Storaro’s artistic expression was concentrated since the beginning on the possible use of WRITING with the LIGHT. He discovered the symbolic values of the COLOURS that it contains, dedicating himself at the study of the visualization of the fundamental ELEMENTS of LIFE.

Recently his attention is addressed toward the creative intuition symbolized by the MUSES and of the possible creative foreseen of the VISIONARY people.

Prizes and Awards

  • DAVID di DONATELLO
  • BAFTA
  • GOYA
  • EMMY
  • CINEMATOGRAPHY AWARD

1979 - Apocalypse Now

Nomination Best photography
Best photography award

1981 - Reds

Nomination Best photography
Best photography award

1987 - L'Ultimo Imperatore

Nomination Best photography
Best photography award

Winner of 3 Oscar Awards

Storaro received several international awards but mainly the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of Los Angeles has recognized his Cinematography with three Academy Awards (OSCARS) for the films: “APOCALYPSE NOW” directed by Francis Ford Coppola, “REDS” directed by Warren Beatty and “THE LAST EMPEROR” directed by Bernardo Bertolucci.

Lauree Honoris Causa

The University of Lodz, Poland

The University of Urbino, Italy

The Academy of Beaux of Macerata in Italy

The Academy of Beaux Art of Brera (Milan) Italy.

Lifetime Achievement Award

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CINEMATOGRAPHERS (Los Angeles-USA)

CAMERIMAGE FILM FESTIVAL (Torun/Lodz-Polonia)

TELLURIDE FILM FESTIVAL (Denver-USA)

LOCARNO FILM FESTIVAL (Locarno-Svizzera)

THESSALONIKY FILM FESTIVAL (Thessaloniky-Grecia)

MACEDONIA FILM FESTIVAL (Bitola-Repubblica di Macedonia)

ASSOCIAZIONE CRITICI CINEMATOGRAFICI ITALIANI (Taormina-Italia)

Teaching

"Writing with Light in Cinematography" at the INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY ARTS AND SCIENCES OF IMAGES in L'Aquila, Italy from 1995 to 2004.

SEMINARS in CINEMATOGRAPHY at Academies-Institutes-Universities all over the world.

His ambition is the legislative recognition of the "AUTHOR'S RIGHTS" as COAUTHOR
OF THE FILM for all Cinematographers around the world.

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