Praise for the cinematography of Beasts of the Southern Wild:

  • 2013 Independent Spirit Awards – Winner for Best Cinematography
  • 2012 Sundance Film Festival – Winner for Excellence in Cinematography

"Exquisite images"
Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter

"Extraordinarily evocative 16mm cinematography"
Lou Lumenick, The New York Post

"Hauntingly beautiful both visually and in the tenderness it shows toward the characters"
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times

"Rugged, ragged beauty in nearly every shot"
A. O. Scott, The New York Times

"The shimmer of magic realism pervades the film … and cinematographer Ben Richardson catches its grit and grace"
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

…and Drinking Buddies:

"One of the film’s triumphs is the cinematography by Ben Richardson … the organic construction of the film makes the most of his creativity"
Screen Daily

"Beautifully shot … the film looks stunning"

"Smooth as almond butter"
Brandon Harris, Filmmaker Magazine