Half-Iranian, half-French cinematographer Darius Khondji relocated at an early age with his family to his mother's native France. As early as age 12, Khondji reportedly had decided he wanted to be a filmmaker and set about to see as many films as possible. After weighing the possibilities of where he should study, he finally decided upon U.C.L.A. and enrolled in 1977. Later, he left U.C.L.A. to continue his studies at N.Y.U. He has since worked with a wide variety of directors, ranging from Bernardo Bertolucci to David Fincher and he is responsible for filming some of the most memorable movies of the 1990s.