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Photography by Pieter de Vries

"To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… 
I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them"

- Elliott Erwitt 1928

 

 

 

 

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Selected Credits Pieter de Vries

Bio Pieter de Vries

 

 

 

SELECTED CINEMATOGRAPHY CREDITS

 

Homeward Bound [working title "Beautiful Minds" & currently in production]
Locations: Argentina & Antarctica / 1 x 90min / Sony FS7
This feature length documentary is about a leadership, strategic and science initiative for women, set against the backdrop of Antarctica. The initiative, turned global movement, aims to heighten the influence and impact of women with a science background in order to influence policy and decision making as it shapes our planet.

Local Justice [2016]
Locations: Sydney / 10 x 30min / Sony FS7
The Downing Centre in the middle of this city is home to many local courts. This series follows the day to day flow of defendents, their highs, the lows and the dedicated people who make the justice system tick. A ten week shoot as Director of Photography with responsibity for 20 cameras and lighting sources

Shanghai Taiwan and Japan [2016]
Locations: China, Taiwan and Japan / Sony FS7
Travelling in the region updating 4K library footage

Howard on Menzies [2016]
Locations: Sydney and Northern Rivers NSW / 3 x 60min / Sony FS7
Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard talks to past and present collegues about the life and politics of Sir RObert Menzies - 2nd camera on a few episodes

Deep Freeze Antarctica [2015]
Locations: South Georgia Island and Antarctica / 1 x 10min / Sony A7R Mk2
A three week journey to South Georgia and the Antarctic peninsular on board the Aurora Expeditions ship, Polar Pioneer. South Georgia is a British overseas territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean. It is a remote and inhospitable collection of islands, consisting of South Georgia and a chain of smaller islands known as the South Sandwich Islands. It is 165 kilometres

Behind Closed Doors [2015]
Locations: Sydney / 1 x 30min / Sony FS7
Shared cinematographer role and editor of this DVD produced for the Dart Centre Melbourne. A resource about domestic violence and the way it's treated by the media

Intuition - your personal guidance system [2015]
Locations: India and Bhutan / 1 x 90min feature documentary / Sony FS7
Director and Producer Bill Bennett explores the way our intuition influences our decisions big and small. These segments filmed in New Delhi, Mumbai and in Bhutan

Intuition - your personal guidance system [2015]
Locations: USA and Canada / 1 x 90min feature documentary / Sony FS7
Director and Producer Bill Bennett explores the way our intuition influences our decisions big and small. These segments filmed in Texas, California, Oregon, Chicago and Toronto

Women in Blues [2015]
Locations: Chicago and Clarksdale Mississippi / 1 x 90min feature documentary / Sony FS7
Directed by Lisa Eismen, this is the story of the Blues and the women who sing the blues

National Associaton of Broadcasters NAB [2015]
Locations: Las Vegas
A series of talks for Australian tripod manufacturer Miller Support

Women in Blues [2014]
Locations: Chicago and Clarksdale Mississippi
Directed by Lisa Eismen, this is the story of the Blues and the women who sing the blues

I am a Stockman [2014]
Location: Longreach Central Queensland, Australia / 1 x 12min / Sony F3
A presentation showcasing the life and history of the Australian Stockman. For the Stockmans Hall of Fame, Longreach

VMware 3D Spectacular [2013]
Locations: Sydney, Kuala Lumper Malaysia, Osaka Japan and Seoul South Korea / Sony 3D system / 1 x 4min
A 3D presentation showcasing a new software suite for US computer giant VMware

Fortune's Hand [2013]
Locations: New York, Maysville Kentucky and Chennai India / XDCAM / 1 x 60min
Tales of the Unexpected is a documentary series produced for the Smithsonian Institute and SBS Television Australia

Dark Shadows - Emerging Light [2013]
Locations: Poland, Israel, France, UK and Sydney / Canon C300 / 1 x 90min
This documentary is still in production

The Stallions of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
Locations: Kelvinside NSW, Northwood Park, Victoria, Woodlands and Twin Hills, NSW / Sony F3 / 10 x 4min
A photographic and video presentation of the Sheikhs thoroughbreds including aerial cinematography of the properties

Sony Bravia TVC
Locations: Sydney studio shoot / Sony F3 / 1 x 60sec
For Sony Australia

PhaseOne tutorials
Locations: Sydney and Hamilton Island, Queensland / Sony F3 / 13 x 6min
A series of tutorials featuring the PhaseOne IQ180 medium format digital back presented by Grand Master Photographer Peter Eastway

Babies from the Future
Locations: Leura Australia / Canon 5D M2 / 1 x 7min
A futurisic short film written and directed by Tom C Taylor

Aerial cinematography - Seven Sunday Night
Locations: Prince Frederik Sound Western Australia / XDCAM HD / 1 x 60min
Cruise ships sailing along the remote far north western coastline of Australia

Inside Nature's Giants
Locations: Far North Queensland, Marla SA and Alice Springs NT / XDCAM HD / 3 x 60min
This is an award-winning UK series that gets under the skin of the largest animals on the planet. Most wildlife documentaries show how animals behave, but by exploring their anatomy in their environment, scientists show how these creatures really work

Top Gear Australia
Locations: Sydney / HDCAM / 9 x 60min
Shared role of cinematographer for this Australian series

Fosters Premium
Locations: Sydney / RED ONE / 1 x 60sec
Aerial cinematography of Sydney Harbour for a Fosters Premium Lager TVC

Australian Families of Crime
Locations: Sydney / Digital Betacam / Television series
A series that continues in the traditions of the sucessful series Crime Investigation centering on the families of infamous criminals. Drama re-enactments DP and directed by Gary Deans. Produced by Graham McNeice Productions

On Tour with the Queen
Locations: New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji and Australia / Digital Betacam / 3 x 60min
3 X 1hr doc retracing the journey of Queen Elizabeth on her tour of the Commonwealth in 1953/54. Director Nic Young, Lion Television, London

The Elders
Location - Dhaka, Bangladesh / Multi-Cam XDCAM HD / 1 x 30min
Andrew Denton interviews Muhammad Yunis, the pioneer of Micro Banking

Crime Investigation Australia
Locations: Sydney and other Australian cities / Digital Betacam
A long running series depicting infamous crimes from Australia's past. DP for the drama re-enactments which are directed by Gary Deans. Produced by Graham McNeice Productions

Blank Canvas
Location: Sydney / HDCAM and XDCAM / 1 x90min
1 X 1hr documentary follow the re-launch of the Sydney Dance Company. Directed by Tim Slade and produced by Tim Slade and Joanna Buggy for Vast Productions

Rat
Locations: New York and Los Angeles / Super 16mm / 1 x 90min
1 X 90min - family life and survival in New York from a rats point of view. Directed by Mark Lewis for Mark Lewis Radio Pictures, Los Angeles. Emmy nomination for cinematography

Darwin’s Lost Paradise
Locations: Australia, Galapagos Islands, US, Germany, France, UK, Cocos Islands / HDCAM
2 X 1hr drama documentary about the journeys of Charles Darwin on the Beagle. Directed by Katharina Von Flowtow, for Penny Chapman Films (Australia), Monaco Films (Germany), Film å Trois (France)

4 (Four)
Locations: Finland (Winter) Japan (Spring) New York (Autumn) Australia / HDCAM
1 X 90min feature theatrical release. In four corners of the globe, on four days throughout the year, four outstanding violinists go on an extraordinary journey through their four distinct homelands. Directed by Tim Slade and produced by Joanna Buggy and Tim Slade

Atlas - Australia Revealed
Location: Australia / 1 X 120min / HDCAM
A signature series of 2 hour experiential journeys through individual countries across the globe. Discovery Chanel's biggest ever documentary series

Natural Wonders - The Great Barrier Reef
Locations: Cairns, Townsville Australia / HDCAM
A series from the UK producers of ‘Walking with Dinosaurs” this time looking back in time showing the formation of the worlds greatest and most famous natural wonders. Director Toby McDonald, October Films UK

Big Bugs
Locations: USA, Panama, Venezuela & Australia / HDCAM / Panavision Frazier lens system / 1 x 60min
2 X 50min natural history documentarisusing the Panavision/Frazier snorkel lens on the Sony/Panavision CineAlta HD camera, the film looks at insects from an insect's view. Director Nick Fletcher, Natural History New Zealand for Discovery HD Theatre (USA)

Philip Glass - a Portrait in Twelve Parts
Locations: Australia and Germany / HDCAM
1 X 120min feature theatrical release. 2nd camera. The film documents the life & work of the renowned US musician & composer. Directed by Scott Hick (“Shine”, "Snow falling on Cedars", "Hearts in Atlantis")

Ghosts of the Abyss 3D
Location: Newfoundland / 1 x 45min
Topside DP. A High Definition 3D large format (Imax) film centred on an expedition that revisits the wreck of the Titanic using Sony/Panavision 3D camera technology. Based on the Russian research ship, Keldysh off the coast of Newfoundland, Canada. 3D Imax/Sony CineAlta HiDef. Directed by James Cameron

3D Halloween
Location: Scotland / 1 x 50min
1 X 45 min 3D Role: DP A children's Telemovie using the video 3D Pulfrich camera system. Directed by Rory McCourt

The Great Wall of Iron
Locations: China and Tibet / Super 16mm / 4 x 60min
A documentary mini-series about one of the worlds biggest armies - The Chinese Peoples Liberation Army. A fourteen week shoot directed by Scott Hicks (“Shine”) and produced by Beyond International for the BBC, NZBC and The Discovery Channel USA

 

Locations photographed worldwide

Locations photographed worldwide

 
 
Pieter's home base is Sydney Australia, however he works in the international production sphere. He is regularly required to shoot for productions in world-wide locations and required to join international production teams on the other side of the world.


At last count, the tally of international locations and regions in which he has worked totals than one hundred and fifty. Here's a selection:

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Antarctica
Austria
Argentina
Bali
Bangladesh
Belgium
Bolivia
Borneo
Bougainville
Brazil
Bhutan
Cambodia
Canada
Cape Horn
Chile
China
Colombia

Cuba
Crete
Corsica
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Easter Island
Ecuador
Estonia
Faulkland Islands
Fiji
Finland
France
Guatemala
Galapagos Islands
Germany
Greece 
Hawaii
India

Iran
Israel
Indonesia
Irian Jaya 
Italy
Java
Japan
Jordan
Kenya
Korea Sth
Latvia
Lebanon
Lithunia
Lombok
Maldives
Macedonia
Malaysia
Mexico
Myanmar
Monaco
Morocco

Mozambique
Myanmar
New Zealand
Netherlands
New Caledonia
Okinawa
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Peru
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Russia
Russian Far East
Scotland
Singapore
Slovakia
South Georgia Island
Spain
Sri Lanka

Subah
Sudan
Sumatra
Syria
Sweden
Switzerland
Tanzania
Tahiti
Thailand
Tibet
Tonga
Tunisia
Turkey
United Kingdom
United States
Vanuatu
Venezuela
Vietnam
Zanzibar

 

 

 

 

Awards for Cinematography - Pieter de Vries ACS

AWARDS FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY

 

AWARD OF DISTINCTION FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY - "Devil's Disease"
Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) National Awards 2010

GOLD AWARD FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY - "Devil's Disease"
Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) NSW Awards 2009

AWARD OF DISTINCTION FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY - “4“
Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) National Awards 2008

AFI NOMINATION - "4"
Australian Film Institute Annual Film Awards 2008

 

GOLD AWARD FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY - "4"
Australian Cinematographers Society State Awards 2007

AWARD OF DISTINCTION FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY - “3D Halloween”
Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) National Awards 2001

GOLD AWARD FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY - “Coca-Cola - Drive-in” TVC's
Australian Cinematographers Society State Awards 2000

GOLD AWARD FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY - “The Human Journey”
Australian Cinematographers Society State Awards 1998

 

EMMY NOMINATION 1998 for "RAT" - National Geographic (US)

MILLI AWARD & CINEMATOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR 1998

 

GOLDEN TRIPOD - “RAT” 1998
Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) National Awards

 

GOLDEN TRIPOD - “The Space Shuttle” 1994
Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) National Awards 

 

GOLDEN TRIPOD - “The Great Wall of Iron” Ep. 1 1990
Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) National Awards 

 

HIGH COMMENDATION FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY - “Red Express” Ep. 3 “Rule the East” 1990
Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) Awards

HIGH COMMENDATION FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY - Features “Glass” 1987
Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) Awards

 

GOLDEN TRIPOD - “Tyrants will rise from my Tomb” 1986
Ep. 1 “Sweat of the Sun, Tears of the Moon”
Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) National Awards

 

GOLDEN TRIPOD - “The Palestinians” 1986
Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) National Awards

HIGH COMMENDATION FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY - “A Better Manaña” Ep.8 1986
Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) Awards

PENGUIN - “A Better Manaña” 1982
Television Society of Australia Awards 1986

AWARD OF DISTINCTION FOR CINEMATOGRAPHY - “The Darks” 1982  
An episode of the ABC series “A Big Country”
Australian Cinematographers Society (ACS) Awards

Biography - Pieter de Vries ACS

 PIETER DE VRIES ACS

Pieter de Vries is one of the leading documentary cinematographers.

He is an ACS accredited Director of Photography and works in documentary and commercial production on most camera formats. He regularly collaborates with camera manufacturers during the introduction of new camera models.

Based in Australia, he spends much of his time traveling, working on documentary programs for the BBC, NBC and ABC, the National Geographic, Discovery, and History channels in the US, as well as ZDF Germany, Canal Plus France, NHK Japan, and others.

His films have won numerous awards, including several Emmys, and BAFTA’s. Personally, he has been nominated for two Emmys, and won the Australian Cinematographer Society’s top Award, Cinematographer of the Year. He’s also won six ACS Golden Tripods for Best Cinematography.

Pieter, during a career that spans four decades, has shot in around one hundred and forty five countries, including the Arctic, the Antarctic, the Galapagos Islands, and in space.

He’s also shot at great depths under the sea, for Titanic and Avatar director James Cameron, for his 3D feature length theatrical documentary Ghosts of the Abyss. Pieter has been recently working on a feature length documentary Shake Sister Shake - the story of the Mississippi Delta music and the women who sing the blues. He has been filming in Chicago, Mississippi and Louisiana.

As a writer on digital video technology, he contributes to publications such as MacWorld, Better Digital Camera, Content & Technology, Australian Cinematographer and a number of other photographic and travel magazines. Pieter also travels the world for luxury cruise lines Silversea, Oceania and Regent Seven Seas as an enrichment speaker and with Aurora Antarctic Expeditions as a photography and cinematography mentor.

His 2018/19 assignments to Tahiti, Noumea, New Zealand, Chicago, Dallas, California, Chicago, Toronto, Bali, Malaysia, Brunei, India, Bhutan, Antarctica, PNG, Las Vegas, Sarawak, Los Angeles, San Francisco, South Georgia, Falkland Islands, Chile, Cape Horn, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, China, Ishigaki, Ryukyu Islands.

He continues to work on cinematography assignments in 2019 and will run camera and lighting training courses in Australia and overseas.