About Barry Russell

For me, the starting point of good cinematography always begins with doing justice to emotions. Drawing inspiration from the script, respecting and attempting to grasp the intentions of the writer, while trusting my instincts, are always part of my approach.

My path has been unconventional. Coming from Quebec, growing up in a bilingual family, I left my hometown to follow my dream of becoming a professional musician. It was throughout my several international tours where I fell in love with photography and cinematography. 

It’s important to me to operate the camera, as much as possible, to be able to maintain a closeness with the director, as well as an intimacy with the actors, two connections which allow me to best tell a story. 

I am an associate member of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers. I was the director of photography for over a hundred television series, short films, films and documentaries. I was nominated for the best cinematography in the Canadian Screen Awards in 2017 for the show “Real Detective” and the show “C’est comme ça que je t’aime” where I was awarded a Gémeaux, in 2020 for Best Director of Photography. 


Cinematographer Magazine, March 2022