Ben Richardson

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Ben Richardson
Benjamin T. Richardson

September 1975 (age 45)
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Cinematographer
Years active2007–present

Benjamin T. Richardson, ASC (born September 21, 1975) is a British cinematographer. He is best known for the feature films Beasts of the Southern Wild and The Fault in Our Stars.


Richardson was born in England and attended Royal Holloway, University of London's media arts degree programme. [1]


Richardson is a director of photography. Three of his films, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Happy Christmas, and Wind River have premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Beasts of the Southern Wild was also nominated for four Academy Awards at the 85th Academy Awards, including a nomination for Best Picture. His short film Seed won Best Animated Short at the 2010 Slamdance Film Festival.

In 2019, Richardson was invited to join the American Society of Cinematographers.[2]

Beasts of the Southern Wild[edit]

Richardson met director Benh Zeitlin in Prague in 2004[3] and subsequently collaborated on the short film Glory at Sea in 2008.[4] During pre-production on Beasts of the Southern Wild, Richardson shot a test reel which convinced the financiers to approve him as cinematographer for the film.[5]

Beasts of the Southern Wild debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival where Richardson won the Excellence in Cinematography Award.[6] For his work on the film he also won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography, and was nominated for multiple awards including a Camerimage award and a Satellite Award.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Since 2014, Richardson is dating actress Anna Kendrick.



Year Film Director Notes
2012 Beasts of the Southern Wild Benh Zeitlin
2013 Drinking Buddies Joe Swanberg
2014 The Fault in Our Stars Josh Boone
Happy Christmas Joe Swanberg
Cut Bank Matt Shakman
2015 Digging for Fire Joe Swanberg
2017 Wind River Taylor Sheridan
Table 19 Jeffrey Blitz
Sand Castle Fernando Coimbra
1922 Zak Hilditch
TBA Those Who Wish Me Dead Taylor Sheridan


Year Show Director Notes
2018 The Chi Rick Famuyiwa Pilot only
Yellowstone Taylor Sheridan 9 episodes
2020 Mare of Easttown Craig Zobel In production


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  2. ^ Ben Richardson, ASC (October 12, 2019). "With tremendous pride I can announce that I have been invited to membership in the American Society of Cinematographers". Instagram. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  3. ^ Desowitz, Bill. "Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Ben Richardson Talks 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'". Indiewire. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  4. ^ Egan, Jack. "Contender — Director of Photography Ben Richardson, Beasts of the Southern Wild". Below The Line. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  5. ^ Most, Madelyn. "Conversation with cinematographer Ben Richardson about his work on Beasts of the Southern Wild, by Benh Zeitlin". Association Française des directeurs de la photographie Cinématographique. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  6. ^ Desowitz, Bill. "Immersed in Movies: Cinematographer Ben Richardson Talks 'Beasts of the Southern Wild'". Indiewire. Retrieved 12 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Ben Richardson: Awards". IMDb. Retrieved 12 January 2015.

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