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Oscars 2011: ‘Black Swan’ Cinematographer Matthew Libatique Gave Natalie Portman Film Feminine Feel

Director of photography Matthew LibatiqueOscar-nominated this year for Best Cinematography for “Black Swan” — says he prefers photographing urban settings over anything else.

“It’s what you attach to your own humanity, and what I am is an urban person,” says Libatique, who was born in Elmhurst, Queens, before his family moved to Hell’s Kitchen
in the late 1970s. “The humanity I’m after happens when people exist
together in the ebb and flow of a city, where some people are going
somewhere and others are coming back from someplace, all at the same

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