|Ralph Kaechele - Director of Photography
D.P. Ralph Kaechele has photographed and worked on more than 50 feature length productions, commercials, music videos, documentaries, and shorts. Among the films are OLGA BENARIO (2001), FRIDAY NIGHT (2001), SCHLEYER, A GERMAN STORY (2002), and CONTERGAN: THE PARENTS (2003). He also worked as 2nd unit DP on GOOD BYE, LENIN! (2001), which was released worldwide, and won six European Film Academy Awards, nine German Film Academy Awards, as well as Golden Globes and BAFTA nominations. Most recently, Ralph worked on a concert film for MAROON 5 and photographed a documentary for DEPECHE MODE.
Ralph's works were nominated for the German Max Ophuels Award, the German Camera Award, Best Student Film at the Camerimage Festival, and won best European Program Opener for CHANCELLOR BUNGALOW (2002), and Best Student Feature Film at the International Film Festival in Munich.Ralph was trained by acclaimed cinematographers such as Bill Dill ASC, Stephen Lighthill ASC, Billy Williams BSC, Owen Roiszman ASC, John Mathiesen BSC, Axel Block BVK, and directors Wolfgang Becker, Anthony Minghella, Spike Lee, and Tom Tykwer. He started his professional career in 1991, working as a cameraman and operator. In 1996, he began his cinematography studies at FH Dortmund, the University of Applied Sciences, and the Academy of Media Art in Cologne, graduating in 2000. In 2002, he was awarded two major German film scholarships, allowing him to continue his studies at the AFI, American Film Institute in Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife.
Read about Ralph's recent work in this blog story posted on April 15, 2008