Linus Sandgren
Born (1972-12-05) 5 December 1972 (age 51)
Spånga, Sweden
Years active2000–present
Organization(s)Swedish Society of Cinematographers
American Society of Cinematographers

Linus Sandgren FSF, ASC (born 5 December 1972) is a Swedish cinematographer, known for his collaborations with directors Damien Chazelle, David O. Russell, Gus Van Sant, and the duo of Måns Mårlind and Björn Stein. He is known for his use of unique and unconventional formats,[1] shooting Van Sant's Promised Land in 4-perf Super 35mm 1.3x anamorphic for a 1.85:1 aspect ratio and Chazelle’s First Man on a variety of different formats: Super 16mm, 35mm Techniscope, Super 35 3-perf, and IMAX 70mm film.[2]

For his work on La La Land (2016), which he shot in the classic Cinemascope ratio of 2.55:1, he won the Academy Award, BAFTA, Critics Choice and other awards for his cinematography.[3][4][5][6][7] He is additionally the recipient of a Guldbagge Award, Sweden's highest film honor. He is a member of both the American and Swedish Society of Cinematographers.[8] He also shot No Time to Die, directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, the 25th James Bond film.[9]


Short film

Year Title Director
2000 Systrar Jesper Dagöö
2002 Disco Kung Fu Måns Mårlind
Björn Stein
Lyckantropen Steve Ericsson
2004 The Last Picture Show Magnus Nordstrand
2007 Milah Arne Toonen
2010 The Palace of Light Tim Piper
2011 In Adam Berg

Feature film

Year Title Director
2005 Storm Måns Mårlind
Björn Stein
2010 Shelter
2012 Promised Land Gus Van Sant
Lycka till och ta hand om varandra Jens Sjögren
2013 American Hustle David O. Russell
2014 The Hundred-Foot Journey Lasse Hallström
2015 Joy David O. Russell
2016 La La Land Damien Chazelle
2017 Battle of the Sexes Jonathan Dayton
Valerie Faris
2018 First Man Damien Chazelle
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms Lasse Hallström
Joe Johnston
2021 No Time to Die Cary Joji Fukunaga
Don't Look Up Adam McKay
2022 Babylon Damien Chazelle
2023 Saltburn Emerald Fennell


Year Title Director Notes
2002 Överallt och ingenstans Kajsa Eldin
Kristina Kjellin
TV movie
Spung Måns Mårlind 4 episodes
2003 Rätt i rutan Carl Svensson 7 episodes
2004 Kommissarie Winter Eddie Thomas Petersen Episode "Himlen är en plats på jorden - Del 1"
2006 Snapphanar Måns Mårlind
Björn Stein


Academy Awards

Year Title Category Result
2016 La La Land Best Cinematography Won

BAFTA Awards

Year Title Category Result
2016 La La Land Best Cinematography Won
2018 First Man Nominated
2021 No Time to Die Nominated

American Society of Cinematographers

Year Title Category Result
2016 La La Land Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography Nominated
2018 First Man Nominated

Critics' Choice Movie Awards

Year Title Category Result
2016 La La Land Best Cinematography Won
2018 First Man Nominated
2023 Saltburn Nominated

Other awards

2nd Place

In 2020, Sandgren was given the Lumière Award of the Royal Photographic Society.


  1. ^ "How Cinematographer Linus Sandgren Used Format to Change Visual Tone In 'First Man'". No Film School. 2018-10-16. Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  2. ^ O'Falt, Chris (November 1, 2018). "'First Man': How Damien Chazelle Used Handheld 16mm Cameras to Cut Through the Neal Armstrong Myth". IndieWire. Archived from the original on November 2, 2018. Retrieved November 2, 2018.
  3. ^ "Moon Walk: First Man". American Cinematographer. January 7, 2019.
  4. ^ "Shot in CinemaScope, La La Land vibrantly romances the olden days of Hollywood". Kodak.
  5. ^ "» Breathless". ICG Magazine. 9 December 2016. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  6. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony (December 10, 2016). "How 'La La Land' Director Damien Chazelle, His Team & Lionsgate Faced The Music & Resurrected The Original Hollywood Musical". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  7. ^ "'La La Land': Magical Modern-Day Musical Will Sweep You Off Your Feet". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 13, 2016.
  8. ^ "The ASC Welcomes Linus Sandgren as a New Active Member - The American Society of Cinematographers". Retrieved 2019-06-16.
  9. ^ Sharf, Zack (2018-12-07). "Bond 25: Cary Fukunaga Recruits Damien Chazelle's Oscar-Winning Cinematographer". IndieWire. Retrieved 2019-06-16.