Christopher Doyle is creating some of the most beautiful images on film in the last four decades, and has been regarded by many as the greatest cinematographer in the world.
In 2017, Doyle was honored with Pierre Angenieux lifetime achievement award for cinematography at the Cannes Film Festival, this is the award given to a director of photography whose work has marked cinema. Among Doyle’s film career, he has received more than forty-two awards and nineteen nominations at film festivals around the world, such as the Grand Technical Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for In the Mood for Love, as well as the Osella d’Oro for Best Cinematography for Ashes of Time at the Venice International Film Festival.
Doyle left his native Sydney at the age of eighteen. He started as deckhand on Norwegian cargo ships and worked his way down through Kibbutz-nick cowboy in Israel, quack doctor in Thailand, and “green agriculturalist” in India.
However, such experiences inform but don’t really explain his work. In the late seventies, Doyle was “re-birthed” as Du Ke Feng, which means “like the wind.” It was derived from《Confucian Analects》Book XII: Yen Yûan saying a man of ” quality ” should be like the wind. Since then, Du Ke Feng has made over fifty Chinese-language films including Chungking Express, Temptress Moon, Hero, Happy Together, Dumplings, 2046 etc.
Doyle has also filmed more than twenty works in various other languages and film cultures such as Psycho (1998), Liberty Heights (1999), Rabbit-Proof Fence (2001),The Limits of Control (2009), Endless Poetry (2016) etc..
Since 1997, Doyle started making his own films, he wrote, shot, and directed Away with Words (1997), “Porte de Choisy” in Paris Je T’aime (2006), Warsaw Dark (2008), Hong Kong Trilogy (2015). In 2017, he co-directed the White Girl (2017) with new director Jenny Suen.