Cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld learned the basics of photography as a darkroom lab tecnician. While at the New York University film department (he'd previously attained an NYU poly sci degree), Sonnenfeld lensed the 1982 documentary In Our Water, which caught the attention of the Academy Awards judges. In collaboration with NYU classmates Joel and Ethan Coen, Sonnefeld handled the photography on such Coen-directed efforts as Blood Simple (1984) and Raising Arizona (1985). After several years' work on the films of A-list directors like Rob Reiner, Danny De Vito and Penny Marshall, Sonnenfeld was at last given a directorial assignment of his own -- 1991's The Addams Family. He responded to this daunting professional boost by fainting dead away during the first day's shooting. When Addams Family proved a hit, the resuscitated Sonnenfeld was immediately assigned the director's position on the sequel, Addams Family Values (1993).
Date of Birth : 01 April 1953
Place of Birth : New York City, New York, U.S.