STEVEN FIERBERG, ASC is an award-winning cinematographer whose work spans both the big and small screens, including lensing the first 25 episodes of Doug Ellin’s hit HBO series, “Entourage,” as well as the Warner Bros feature of ‘Entourage.’ His most recent work includes Showtime’s Golden Globe Award winner “The Affair,” and the New York Times-produced “Nine Kisses,” directed by Elaine Constantine.
A native of Detroit, Michigan, Fierberg attended Stanford University as a National Merit Scholar, and spent his senior year in England in an exchange program with Oxford, studying British drama, film and photography. He then plunged into New York’s underworld of graffiti art and punk noir films, working with Paul Morrissey, Scott and Beth B, and Paul Bartel. At the same time, he apprenticed for Los Angeles cinematographers Adam Greenberg and Dean Cundey, beginning a pattern of working on both coasts that continues to this day.
Fierberg’s movie work includes such films as the upcoming “Dear Eleanor,” from Kevin Connolly, as well as “Teenage Paparazzo,” from Adrian Grenier. His dramatic work has ranged from studio films like “Love & Other Drugs,” directed by Ed Zwick and starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway, to such micro-budget indies as Alex Cox’s “Repo Chick” and Sally Potter’s “Rage.” Among Fierberg’s favorites are Joel Schumacher’s poignant “Twelve”; Steven Shainberg’s provocative “Secretary,” which won the Sundance Film Festival’s special jury prize for originality; and Baz Luhrmann’s “Moulin Rouge!,” for which Fierberg provided additional photography.
His additional credits as cinematographer include “You’re Not You,” from George C. Wolfe; Bartel’s “Scenes from the Class Struggle in Beverly Hills”; Morrissey’s “Spike of Bensonhurst”; and Renny Harlin’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master.” He also provided additional photography on Cox’s “Sid & Nancy” and “Walker,” and on Shainberg’s “Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus.”
His extensive work in television has afforded Fierberg the opportunity to establish the visual tone for numerous pilots, including HBO’s “Entourage,” and “How to Make It In America,” ABC’s “Once Upon a Time,” “Miss Match” and “The Affair,” for which he has served as director of photography throughout the series. He also shot the miniseries “Attila,” for which he received the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography. In addition, he worked on the miniseries “Texas Justice,” and the prescient Mexican drug classic “Kingpin.”
Fierberg has also lent his talent to the commercial and music worlds, working with such artists as Dr. Dre, Kid Cudi, Snoop Dogg, Queen Latifah, Ice Cube, Fab 5 Freddy and Tim McGraw. Fierberg won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Video of the Year for his work on Robi “Draco” Rosa’s video for “Mas y Mas.”
Fierberg has served on the board of the ASC and the screening committee of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS). Between projects, he teaches Camera & Visual Storytelling at the Maine Photographic Workshops, as well as classes at AFI and USC.