Henryk Cymerman was born in Poland, moved with his family to Brazil in his early adolescence years, and finally his family immigrated to New York in his mid teens. From the age of 17, he was sculpting images out of stone. After attending High School in Brooklyn New York he then moved to Jerusalem Israel. In Jerusalem Cymerman attended Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, where he continued the study of art.
Graduating with recognitions as an outstanding student, Cymerman participated in exhibits that were influenced by the Conceptual Art of the seventies. It was the documentation of his Conceptual Art that brought Cymerman into photography and video. This work in film and video made him decide to study film. After serving in the Israeli army, he went on to earn his master in film from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. After NYU he began his career shooting and directing commercials, then segued into feature film cinematography. He became a Director of Photography, joined the International Cinematography Guild local 600.
In addition Cymerman was recruited by Dr. Annette Insdorf, Director of the Columbia University Graduate School of Film, to teach cinematography for two years. In 1993 Henryk moved with his family to Los Angeles to continue his work in feature film.
Recently completed films include Soup Girl, Scared, Placebo Effect, To the Limit, Dream Boat, Rogue Moon and True or False. He worked as Second Unit on such films as Star Trek-First Contact, Home Fries and Love or Money. He won best cinematography at New York Independent Film Festival for Placebo Effect. His recent feature American Gothic, deals with a story of three brothers and their relations with a father who seems to control them throughout their life and well past his own.
Augmenting his work in the documentary arena, Cymerman recorded testimonials of over 300 Holocaust survivors for Steven Spielberg’s Survivors Of The Shoah Visual History Foundation. The ceremony, commemorating the 50th year anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, is the work he considers his most rewarding and cathartic to date.
- WINNER, Best Cinematography - New York International Independent Film Festival
Telly Award, Best Online Comedy - Bloomers
INTERNATIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHERS GUILD LOCAL 600
SOCIETY OF MOTION PICTURE AND TELEVISION ENGINEERS