John Bailey, ASC was elected as President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in August 2017. He has been a member since 1981 and a governor for 14 years. He served as the vice president and chair of the Preservation and History Committee for three years, initiating with his committee the Films on Film series in collaboration with the Academy Film Archive and the Herrick Library. He currently serves as the Academy’s representative on the Library of Congress’s National Film Preservation Board, which each year selects 25 titles for the National Film Registry.
Bailey has photographed: Ordinary People (1980), The Big Chill (1983), Silverado (1985), The Accidental Tourist (1988), Groundhog Day (1993), In the Line of Fire (1993), As Good as It Gets (1997), How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days (2003), The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (2005), Must Love Dogs (2005), Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood (2002), The Anniversary Party (2001), American Gigolo (1980) and Mishima: A Life In Four Chapters (1985). His most recent release is the L.A. Latino comedy How to Be a Latin Lover (2017).
In February 2015, he was honored by the American Society of Cinematographers with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
Bailey also directed the 1994 film noir thriller China Moon, starring Ed Harris, Benecio del Toro and Madeline Stowe; Mariette in Ecstasy (1996) from Ron Hansen’s acclaimed novel; David Hare’s Via Dolorosa (2000); and Lily Tomlin’s The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe (1991). He photographed and directed the Imax concert film NSync: Bigger Than Live (2001).
Bailey has been married to eminent film editor Carol Littleton since 1972, a sort of record in Hollywood dual career circles.