Thierry Arbogast is undoubtedly one of the most well known French directors of photography in the world. Films by films, he acquired the reputation to not only be able to film in any place, under all the conditions of heat, or weather, but also to have a great sense of light through his pallet of remarkable colors and his perfectly controlled lights .
Thierry Arbogast worked with lots of directors, among whom Luc Besson that he accompanied on most of his films. We finds his blazing colors in the only film he made with Emir Kusturica : Black Cat, White Cat.
Contraryly to other directors or other photographers, Thierry Arbogast did not make a cinema school. He started as a technical assistant for photography on small productions and was quickly remarked for his technical sense and his original ideas. It is thanks to his remarkable work on Luc Besson's Nikita that he acquired an international reputation. With Gilles Mimouni's ”L'Appartement”, he makes very strong impression by completely withdrawing the green from the pallet of the film in order to mark in a stylized way the difference between the present and the past. The recognition came in 1996 with a César for Jean-Paul Rappeneau's The Horseman on the roof, then in 1997 in Cannes for the Best Technical Palm at the same time for Nick Cassavetes' She's so lovely and Luc Besson's Fifth Element.
Thierry Arbogast obstinately refuses to work for Hollywood, in spite of the colossal sums that are proposed to him, and prefers to work with the French directors.