Murray Close’s introduction to photography and the movie business began with an assignment on Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining'.
It turned out to be a three year master class that would influence his work from that point on, forging strong links with the film industry and receiving a priceless photographic grounding. With a mentor such as Kubrick and a hunger for strong imagery Close quickly became the first call for Hollywood A List productions.
The eighties provided rich opportunities and exotic locations where he formed close ties with Steven Spielberg on the set of 'Empire of the Sun' and 'Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade', as well as Clint Eastwood and Hugh Hudson.
But it was to be a small independent film by Bruce Robinson where he would create some of his most memorable images. 'Withnail and I' opened to a small but devoted audience in 1987 and to this day has remained a cult classic. With a demand for unseen images, Close exhibited two highly successful shows in Camden and the Kings Road in London in 2009 and 2010 respectively.
By the end of eighties it was becoming apparent that a move to Los Angeles was the next logical step and it was during this period that the now famous photography for 'Jurassic Park' and 'Mission: Impossible' was completed.
On returning to London in 2003 Alfonso Cuarón invited Close to contribute to 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' for Warner Bros. It was a commission he revelled in and having established strong working relationships he subsequently went on to shoot 'Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire' and 'Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix'.
His talent for shooting images that immediately link the public with a new movie together with his unique vision and sense of timing keep him at the forefront of the film industry to this day. Close is currently working on 'The Hunger Games' franchise.
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