Byways, the first monograph by the pre-eminent cinematographer of our time, Sir Roger A Deakins, CBE, ASC, BSC is published by Damiani.
Previously unpublished personal black-and-white stills reflect a life spent looking and telling stories through images, from 1971 to the present. After graduating from college, Deakins (born 1949) spent a year photographing life in rural North Devon on a commission for the Beaford Arts Centre; these images attest to a keenly ironic English sensibility, and also serve as a record of a time and place of vanished post-war Britain.
Although photography has remained one of Deakins’ few hobbies, more often it is an excuse for him to spend hours just walking, his camera over his shoulder, with no particular purpose but to observe. Some of the images in this book, such as those from Rapa Nui, New Zealand and Australia, he took whilst travelling with his wife, James. Others, are images that caught his eye as he was walking on a weekend, or catching the last of the light at the end of a day’s filming whilst working on projects in cities such as Berlin or Budapest, on Sicario in New Mexico, Skyfall in Scotland and in England on 1917.
Deakins is renowned for his vast and varied body of cinematic work and has myriad professional honours including two Oscars, for Blade Runner 2049 and 1917, 5 BAFTAs and 7 British Society of Cinematographers wins. Some of his other Oscar nominations are for Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners and Sicaro; The Coen Brothers’ Fargo; Martin Scorsese’s Kundun; Stephen Daldry’s The Reader; Sam Mendes’ Skyfall and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken.
“My work as a cinematographer is a collaborative experience and, at least when a film is successful, the results are seen by a wide audience. On the other hand, I have rarely shared my personal photographs and never as a collection” – Roger A Deakins
Roger Deakins : Byways
Published by Damiani
Text by Roger A Deakins