Be as ignorant of what you are about to catch as a fisherman of what is at the end of his fishing rod. The fish that arises from nowwhere.
Robert Bresson


James Barahanos is a multi award winning Sydney based cinematographer, director and filmmaker, having extensive experience in both film and television with a foundation in the visual arts. His unique vision has earned him a number of international awards representing Australia at film festivals in Asia, Europe, USA and Australia, including Karlovy Vary Festival (Czech Republic), Pula Film Festival (Croatia), Singapore International Film Festival, Flickerfest (Australia), Oregon Documentary Film Festival (USA) and the Inaugural Memorial Akira Kurosawa Short Film Festival (Japan).

He uses cinematography as an art form to advance story and likes to work on productions that push the boundaries of this art.

Notable awards include Best Experimental Cinematography, IFCT (International Festival of Cinema & Technology) USA, Nomination Best International Documentary Micro Short, Oregon Documentary Film Festival USA & Grand Prix at the prestigious Inaugural Memorial Akira Kurosawa Film Festival Japan as cinematographer for "The Kitchen" a film he shot in one continuous film sequence. The festival being a showcase for emerging filmmakers from around the world, its board members include Martin Scorcese, Stephen Spielberg and George Lucas.

James has steadily built a reputation for creating unique cinematography which is influenced by his passion for world cinema. His cinematography explores abstraction, psychology and emotion while moving away from traditional shot structure. Cinematography that is highly innovative, challenging and original in the way that it explores the relationship between camera, performance, sound and story. He sees these elements as being critical to any production. James likes to work and collaborate with Directors who are passionate about their projects no matter the budget level and believes in forming life long working partnerships with key creatives.

Specialising in feature films, documentary, indigenous projects and short films.

A strong supporter of local film circles he is no stranger to the complexities and challenges of the film making medium. A graduate of the Australian Film Television & Radio School (AFTRS). Member of the Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS).

Happy Shooting.