We’re only a few short months into 2019, but English-born cinematographer Ben Davis has already delivered the goods in a big way, having lent his talents to Disney’s blockbusters Captain Marvel and Dumbo. What Davis accomplished this year alone is more than many of his peers will achieve in their whole careers.
He has more than earned his success, though. Ever since Davis burst onto the scene contributing to popular music videos and low budget gems in the early 2000s, it has been clear that this fella was the real deal from the get-go. However, Rome wasn’t built in a day, and his ascendency to the upper echelons of the Hollywood elite wasn’t an overnight success story.
The cinematographer’s first notable project was 2004’s Layer Cake, a critically acclaimed crime drama starring Daniel Craig that established Davis’s ongoing working relationship with director Matthew Vaughn. They reteamed for Stardust three years later, and then in 2010, the pair conquered the big time together with Kick-Ass and never looked back.
These days, Davis is one of the most sought after talents in the industry, and rightfully so. It’s easy to understand why he’s so popular, given how impressive his resume is. Whether it’s helping bring Marvel properties to life or focusing on prestige dramas, his list of credits is diverse and awe-inspiring. When you scroll through his filmography, you’ll see a healthy mix of box office behemoths, Oscar-winning critical darlings, overlooked gems, and more.
Naturally, Davis has worked with some of the biggest and most respected directors in the business, including Martin McDonagh, Joss Whedon, and James Gunn. What’s notable, though, is how a couple of them have required his assistance more than once throughout the years. Every director needs a trustworthy cinematographer by their side, and for McDonagh and Vaughn in particular, Davis has been their go-to guy more than once.
With Kingsman: The Great Game set to be released in 2020, Davis won’t have much free time to enjoy the fruits of his recent labor. That said, his commitment to hard work is one of the reasons why he’s in the position he’s in right now, so I’m sure he’s more than ready for the task at hand.
Given the year Davis has had so far in 2019, now is the perfect time to acknowledge his work and share some of his most beautiful shots. Enjoy.
Layer Cake (2004)