Member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Cinematographers Branch) [2004-2007].
Member of the British Society of Cinematographers (BSC) since 1986, and the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) since 1994.
Received four American Society of Cinematographers Award nominations in the space of two years: for The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007) and No Country for Old Men (2007) in 2008, and for The Reader (2008) (shared with Chris Menges) and Revolutionary Road (2008) in 2009.
He was awarded the CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to Film.
As of 2015, he finds, among his work, The Man Who Wasn't There (2001) is the most cohesive as a piece of visual interpretation.
His artistically inclined mother was an actress and amateur painter.
Filmed anthropological documentaries in India and Sudan.
Loves taking still photographs and fishing.
Intended to become a painter when he enrolled in the Bath Academy of Art.
When he attended Roger Mayne's -who was an English photographer- classes in the college, Mayne was a big influence on the way he started to see things.
Graduated from college with the idea of making documentaries.
Views 'cinematography as a collection of images, not individual images', according to Andrew Dominik.
Is affected by the films of Jean-Pierre Melville, Andrei Tarkovsky, Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi and Luchino Visconti.
According to himself, from their very first encounter, him and the Coen brothers seemed to be on the same wavelength.
Has a tie with George J. Folsey for 13 academy award nominations for best achievement in cinematography, without a win.(As of 2016).
As of 2017, he contributed with the cinematography of seven films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: The Shawshank Redemption (1994), Fargo (1996), A Beautiful Mind (2001), No Country for Old Men (2007), The Reader (2008), A Serious Man (2009) and True Grit (2010). Of those, A Beautiful Mind (2001) and No Country for Old Men (2007) are winners in the category.
Operates the camera himself, which is rare for British cinematographers.