Edward Lachman
Lachman in 2009
Born (1948-03-31) March 31, 1948 (age 76)
Other namesEd Lachman
Alma materHarvard University
University of Tours
Ohio University
  • Cinematographer
  • director
Years active1972–present

Edward Lachman (born March 31, 1948) is an American cinematographer and director. He has primarily worked in independent film, and has served as director of photography on films by Todd Haynes (including Far from Heaven in 2002 and Carol in 2015, both of which earned Lachman Oscar nominations[1]), Ulrich Seidl, Wim Wenders, Steven Soderbergh and Paul Schrader. His other work includes Werner Herzog's La Soufrière (1977), Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), Sofia Coppola's The Virgin Suicides (1999), Robert Altman's final film A Prairie Home Companion (2006), and Todd Solondz's Life During Wartime (2009).[2] He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers.

In 1989, Lachman co-directed a segment of the anthology film Imagining America.[3] In 2002, he co-directed the controversial Ken Park with Larry Clark. In 2013, Lachman produced a series of videos in collaboration with French electronic duo Daft Punk, for their album Random Access Memories.

Early life

Lachman was born to a Jewish family[4] in Morristown, New Jersey, the son of Rosabel (Roth) and Edward Lachman, a movie theater distributor and owner.[5][6][7] He attended Harvard University and studied in France at the University of Tours before pursuing a BFA in painting at Ohio University.[6] He has a daughter, Bella Lachman (b. 2005) who lives in Amsterdam.[8]



Feature film

Year Title Director Notes
1974 The Lords of Flatbush Martin Davidson
Stephen Verona
With Joseph Mangine
1977 False Face John Grissmer
1980 Union City Marcus Reichert
1982 Little Wars Maroun Bagdadi With Heinz Hölscher
1985 Desperately Seeking Susan Susan Seidelman
The Little Sister Jan Egleson
Heart of the Garden Lavinia Currier
1986 Portfolio Robert Guralnick
True Stories David Byrne
El día que me quieras Sergio Dow
1987 Making Mr. Right Susan Seidelman
Less than Zero Marek Kanievska
1990 The Local Stigmatic David Wheeler
Catchfire Dennis Hopper
1991 Mississippi Masala Mira Nair
London Kills Me Hanif Kureishi
1992 Light Sleeper Paul Schrader
My New Gun Stacy Cochran
1995 My Family Gregory Nava
1997 Touch Paul Schrader
Selena Gregory Nava
1998 Why Do Fools Fall in Love
1999 The Limey Steven Soderbergh
The Virgin Suicides Sofia Coppola
2000 Erin Brockovich Steven Soderbergh
2001 Sweet November Pat O'Connor
2002 Simone Andrew Niccol
Ken Park Himself
Larry Clark
With Larry Clark
Far from Heaven Todd Haynes
2004 Stryker Noam Gonick
2006 A Prairie Home Companion Robert Altman
2007 Hounddog Deborah Kampmeier With Jim Denault
Import/Export Ulrich Seidl With Wolfgang Thaler
I'm Not There Todd Haynes
2009 Life During Wartime Todd Solondz
2010 Howl Rob Epstein
Jeffrey Friedman
2012 Paradise: Love Ulrich Seidl With Wolfgang Thaler
Paradise: Faith
Dark Blood George Sluizer Shot in 1993
2013 Paradise: Hope Ulrich Seidl With Wolfgang Thaler
2015 Carol Todd Haynes
2016 Wiener-Dog[9] Todd Solondz
2017 Wonderstruck Todd Haynes
2019 Dark Waters
2023 El Conde Pablo Larraín
2024 Maria Post-production

Short film

Year Title Director
1978 Wings of Ash: A Dramatization of the Life of Antonin Artaud Marcus Reichert
1982 Split Cherry Tree Andrei Konchalovsky
1984 The Last Trip to Harrisburg Brummbaer
Udo Kier
1985 R.A.B.L. Patrice M. Regnier
2006 The Music of Regret Laurie Simmons

Documentary film

Year Title Director Notes
1980 Lightning Over Water Wim Wenders
Nicholas Ray
With Martin Schäfer
1982 Say Amen, Somebody George T. Nierenberg With Don Lenzer
Report from Hollywood Himself With Mitch Dubin
1985 Tokyo-Ga Wim Wenders
Ornette: Made in America Shirley Clarke
I Played It for You Ronee Blakley
Stripper Jerome Gary
The Look Robert Guralnick
1986 Mother Teresa Ann Petrie
Jeanette Petrie
With Sandi Sissel
1991 Soldiers of Music Bob Eisenhardt
Susan Froemke
Albert Maysles
With Wolfgang Becker, Don Lenzer, Albert Maysles and Martin Schaer
1993 Theremin: An Electronic Odyssey Steven M. Martin With Frank G. DeMarco, Chris Lombardi and Robert Stone
2009 Collapse Chris Smith With Max Malkin and Chris Smith
2014 Cathedrals of Culture Robert Redford Segment "The Salk Institute"
2015 Don't Blink – Robert Frank Laura Israel With Lisa Rinzler
2021 The Velvet Underground Todd Haynes
2022 Louis Armstrong's Black & Blues Sacha Jenkins

Documentary short

Year Title Director Notes
1977 La Soufrière Werner Herzog With Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein
1983 Spaces: The Architecture of Paul Rudolph Bob Eisenhardt With John Corso, Don Lenzer and Mark Obenhaus
2004 Cell Stories Himself


Year Title Director Notes
1988 Karajan in Salzburg Deborah Dickson
Susan Froemke
TV special
1993 TriBeCa Michael Dinner Episode "The Box"
1993 TV Operas Bob Baldwin Episode "Horse Opera"
2007 The Metropolitan Opera HD Live Brian Large Episode "The First Emperor"


Year Title Director Notes
2013 Daft Punk Random Access Memories: The Collaborators Himself Documentary series
2011 Mildred Pierce Todd Haynes

TV movies

Year Title Director Notes
1987 A Gathering of Old Men Volker Schlöndorff
2013 Six by Sondheim Todd Haynes Documentary film
Segment "I'm Still Here"


Short film

Documentary film

Feature film

Documentary short

Documentary miniseries

TV movies

Year Title Notes
1989 Imagining America Segment "Get Your Kicks on Route 66"
1990 Red Hot + Blue Segment "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye"

Awards and nominations

Academy Awards

Year Category Title Result Ref.
2002 Best Cinematography Far from Heaven Nominated [10]
2015 Carol Nominated [11]
2023 El Conde Nominated [12]

BAFTA Awards

Year Category Title Result Ref.
2015 Best Cinematography Carol Nominated [13]

Primetime Emmy Awards

Year Category Title Result
2011 Outstanding Cinematography for a Limited Series Mildred Pierce Nominated

Independent Spirit Awards

Year Category Title Result
1986 Best Cinematography True Stories Won
1992 Light Sleeper Won
2002 Far from Heaven Won
2015 Carol Won

National Society of Film Critics

Year Category Title Result
2002 Best Cinematography Far from Heaven Won
2015 Carol Won

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Category Title Result
2002 Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases Far from Heaven Nominated
2011 Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Television Mildred Pierce Nominated
2015 Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Theatrical Releases Carol Nominated
2023 El conde Nominated

Other awards

Year Award Category Title Result
1986 Bogotá Film Festival Best Cinematography El día que me quieras Won
2002 Jeonju International Film Festival Jeonju Daring Digital Award Ken Park Nominated
Valladolid International Film Festival Golden Spike Nominated
Golden Osella Best Cinematography Far from Heaven Won
Satellite Awards Best Cinematography Nominated
2015 British Society of Cinematographers Best Cinematography Carol Won
Critics' Choice Movie Awards Best Cinematography Nominated
2017 Florida Film Critics Circle Best Cinematography Wonderstruck Nominated


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  2. ^ "EDWARD LACHMAN". www.cinematographers.nl. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  3. ^ Michael Wilmington (June 7, 1989). "'Imagining America': Four Riffs on a Common Theme". Los Angeles Times.
  4. ^ Bloom, Nate (February 25, 2016). "The tribe at the Oscars, 2016". Times of Israel.
  5. ^ "Edward Lachman Biography (1946-)".
  6. ^ a b Internet Encyclopedia of Cinematographers: Edward Lachman
  7. ^ "Obituary 1 -- No Title". The New York Times. August 7, 1964.
  8. ^ Robinson, Joanna (November 27, 2015). "Carol's Production Designer Reveals How to Achieve Cate Blanchett Chic". Vanity Fair.
  9. ^ Erbland, Kate (January 25, 2016). "How I Shot That: Ed Lachman Overcomes the Usual Challenges to Lens the Audacious 'Wiener-Dog'". Indiewire.com. Retrieved April 17, 2016.
  10. ^ "75th Academy Awards". Oscars.org. Retrieved January 26, 2024.
  11. ^ "88th Academy Awards". Oscars.org. Retrieved January 26, 2024.
  12. ^ "96th Academy Awards". Oscars.org. Retrieved March 11, 2024.
  13. ^ "69th British Academy Film Awards". Bafta.org. Retrieved March 11, 2024.