BOBBY BUKOWSKI / DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Director of Photography Bobby Bukowski recently finished shooting Mighty Fine on location in New Orleans with director Debbie Goodstein, before hopping on a plane to Jamaica to tackle his latest project, director Christopher Browne’s Ghett’a Life.
Bukowski’s prolific career includes more than two dozen feature films, including director Oren Moverman’s The Messenger, The Ledge with director Matthew Chapman, Suri Krishnamma’s Locked In, Phoebe in Wonderland directed by Daniel Barnz, The Guitar for director Amy Redford, and Kari Skogland ’s The Stone Angel.
Born in New York City, Bukowski attended SUNY at Stony Brook, securing his masters degree in biochemistry. En route to medical school, he set his gaze upon more artistic endeavors. He left the United States for extensive travel in Europe and Asia. This adventure led to a job as photographer’s assistant in Paris. Soon after, he was enlisted to archive a Tibetan Buddhist pilgrimage, led by the Dalai Lama, to all the sacred Buddhist sites along the Ganges River. This marked the first time he had a moving camera in his hand.
Returning home, he entered the Graduate Film program at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, where he received his master of fine arts degree. He financed his schooling by working as a bike messenger. Armed with a still camera, he honed his sense of composition and lighting while biking through New York’s crowded city streets. Everything he saw became a potential study in cinematography: the way the light bounced off the windows of a glass skyscraper, the city’s ambient light roiling under dense low fog, the diverse pageant of faces along the avenues.
Based in New York City, Bukowski shoots all over the world and is represented by Dattner-Dispoto and Associates in Los Angeles.