Sławomir Idziak (born 25.01.1945 in Katowice, Poland) is one of the most acclaimed Polish cinematographers. In 1969, he graduated from the Faculty of Cinematography at the Łódź Film School. He collaborated with such Polish directors as Krzysztof Kieślowski, Andrzej Wajda, Jerzy Kawalerowicz and Krzysztof Zanussi. In the 1990s, he began to work in the United States for i.a. Ridley Scott, John Duigan, Andrew Niccol. He was the director of photgraphy for Natalie Portman’s directorial debut, ”A Tale of Love and Darkness” (2015).
He has photographed over 50 feature films, for which he received numerous awards. In 2002, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography in the film “Black Hawk Down”. He was awarded at the Camerimage Festival twice – he received a Special Award for outstanding cinematographic achievement in 2004 and a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013. In 2002, he was honoured with an Orzeł (Eagle Polish Film Award) for the “extraordinary cinematographic achievement”. He also holds several awards from the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia – Best Cinematography Awards for “Departures, Returns” (1974) and “Partita for a Wooden Instrument” (1976) as well as a Chairman of the Radio and Television Committee Award for “Enak” (1992).
In 2012, he was honoured with the Officer’s Cross of The Order of Polonia Restituta for his great contribution to the Polish and world culture, for achievements in creative and artistic work. In 2014, he received a Gold Medal for “Merit to Culture – Gloria Artis”.
Member of the Polish Film Academy. Director, scriptwriter and accomplished pedagogue. Initiator and main lecturer at the annual workshop Film Spring Open.