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Conversations with Darius Khondji

Jordan Mintzer

One of the only books of its kind, Conversations with Darius Khondji is fully devoted to the life and work of the titular cinematographer, offering a journey through the past fifty years of cinema with one of the greatest directors of photography who helped revolutionize the art form both through his work in Hollywood and his contributions to art-house movies in Europe and Asia. Khondji has shot films for many of the greatest directors in contemporary cinema, including David Fincher (Se7en), James Gray (The Lost City of Z), Michael Haneke (Amour), Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro (Delicatessen, The City of Lost Children), and Nicolas Winding Refn (Too Old to Die Young). 

From his early childhood in Iran to his cinephile origins in Paris, from his first Polaroids of New York City in the late '70s to his training as a camera assistant, from his feature debut in France to his arrival in Hollywood, from his experiences with wroled-renowned directors and actors to his work with artists and photographers, the book follows Khondji's evolution as a cameraman in parellel to the evolution of movies and images from the 1960s to the present. 

The conversations recorded in the book are accompanied by exclusive interviews with directors, actors and technicians with whom Khondji has collaborated over the years; they cover a wide range of cinematographic and technical topics in ways that are accessible and easy to grasp, allowing the reader to discover Khondji's working methods from film to film.

Learn more about the book here


Darius Khondji will have a retrospective at Metrograph November 19-26. The book Conversations with Darius Khondji will be available at the Metrograph bookstore; Darius Khondji will be there in person. 
More information on the film series here

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