Sophie Maintigneux was born in Paris in 1961. She has worked as a cinematographer since 1984 and has made over 70 documentary and feature films. She was cinematographer on Eric Rohmer’s feature films “Quatre aventures de Reinette et Mirabelle” and “Summer”, which received the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 1986. Sophie Maintigneux has lived and worked in Berlin since 1988. She has received several awards for her camera work, including Preis der deutschen Filmkritik for “Best Camera” in 1990. She was awarded the Femina Award at the FilmFestival Max Ophüls Preis in 2001 and the camera award at DOK Leipzig in 2002. She also won the German camera award in the documentary film category in 2003 and 2009. Sophie Maintigneux has always been involved in teaching since 1990. From 2006 to 2011 she was co-head of the camera department at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb). In 2011 Sophie Maintigneux was appointed professor of the reconfigured camera/image composition area of study at the KHM. Her most recent cinematography for the cinema debut film by Tama Tobias-Macht and Johanna Sunder-Plassmann “draußen” celebrated its premiere at the Berlinale in 2018 and opened the Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund | Cologne on 24 April. Collaborations with Eric Rohmer, Jean-Luc Godard, Michael Klier, Jan Schütte, Rudolph Thome, Hans Erich Viet, Philip Gröning, Marcel Gisler, Helga Reidemeister, Georg Maas, Aysun Bademsoy, Doris Metz, Judith Kennel, Lilo Mangelsdorff, Mirjam Kubescha, Erica von Möller, Maria Teresa Camoglio, Klub Zwei, Annika Larsson, Michael Radford, Mareike Wegener, Ingo Haeb, Matthias Luthardt, Johanna Sunder-Plassmann, Tama Tobias-Macht among others.
Since 1990, teaching positions at various film schools 2006/11:
- Co-head of the camera department at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb)
- since 2011, professor at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (KHM)