John Bailey (cinematographer)
John Ira Bailey, ASC (born August 10, 1942) is an American cinematographer and film director known for his collaborations with directors Paul Schrader, Lawrence Kasdan, Michael Apted, and Ken Kwapis. In August 2017, Bailey was elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He was succeeded by casting director David Rubin in August 2019.
|President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences|
August 8, 2017 – August 7, 2019
|Preceded by||Cheryl Boone Isaacs|
|Succeeded by||David Rubin|
John Ira Bailey
August 10, 1942
Moberly, Missouri, U.S.
Carol Littleton (m. 1972)
|Education||USC School of Cinematic Arts|
|Occupation||Cinematographer, film director|
Life and career
He earned a graduate degree from the University of Southern California's School of Cinematic Arts in 1968. He spent 11 years apprenticing as a crew member with cinematographers such as Vilmos Zsigmond and Néstor Almendros, working on Two-Lane Blacktop, The Late Show, 3 Women, Winter Kills, and Days of Heaven. He earned his first credit as director of photography for Boulevard Nights, followed by Ordinary People and American Gigolo.
In 1985, Bailey shared the Cannes Film Festival Best Artistic Contribution Award with Eiko Ishioka and Philip Glass for Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters. He was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography for Tough Guys Don't Dance and the Camerimage Golden Frog Award for Best Cinematography for Forever Mine. He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers and member of the jury at the Venice Film Festival in 1987. He worked on numerous comedy films such as Groundhog Day, As Good as It Gets, and The Producers. He is a veteran documentary cameraman.
Bailey's credits as a director include The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe, China Moon, Mariette in Ecstasy, and Via Dolorosa. Bailey has been married to film editor Carol Littleton since March 1972.
As director of photography
Awards and nominations
- 1985 Cannes Festival Award for Best Artistic Contribution: Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (with Philip Glass & Eiko Ishioka)
- 1994 CableACE Award for Dramatic or Theatrical Special: The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (with Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner & Paula Mazur)
- 2001 Society of Operating Cameramen President's Award
- 2015 American Society of Cinematographers Lifetime Achievement Award
- 2018 Society of Operating Cameramen Governor's Award
- Tapley, Kristopher (2017-08-08). "John Bailey Elected President of the Motion Picture Academy". Variety. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
- Rottenberg, Josh (August 6, 2019). "David Rubin elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 8, 2019.
- Notable Alumni, USC School of Cinematic Arts Archived 2009-08-26 at the Wayback Machine
- "John Bailey". IMDb.
|Non-profit organization positions|
Cheryl Boone Isaacs
| President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences