Cinematographer Matthew Libatique on ‘The Prom’, Making ‘Iron Man’ 1 and 2, and the Importance of Physical Media

Adam Chitwood

January 14, 2021

Matthew Libatique is as versatile as he is talented, and the guy is talented. He was passionate about photography from a young age and started honing his craft as a cinematographer in the 1990s, working on music videos and teaming up with fellow AFI classmate Darren Aronofsky on the burgeoning director’s first few films. Indeed, Libatique made his mark in a big way with his first two collaborations with Aronofsky, Pi and Requiem for a Dream, and after that he was off to the races. He’s spent his career bringing an intense yet intimate touch to the films he shoots, ranging from superhero movies to thrillers to dramas and working with directors as varied as Joel Schumacher, Spike Lee, and Jodie Foster.

Matthew Libatique is as versatile as he is talented, and the guy is talented. He was passionate about photography from a young age and started honing his craft as a cinematographer in the 1990s, working on music videos and teaming up with fellow AFI classmate Darren Aronofsky on the burgeoning director’s first few films. Indeed, Libatique made his mark in a big way with his first two collaborations with Aronofsky, Pi and Requiem for a Dream, and after that he was off to the races. He’s spent his career bringing an intense yet intimate touch to the films he shoots, ranging from superhero movies to thrillers to dramas and working with directors as varied as Joel Schumacher, Spike Lee, and Jodie Foster.