John as Director of Photography
With a long and varied production history, John Maher brings experience, dependability and enthusiasm to every project. He specializes in careful visual design, effective lighting and strong hand held camera work.
John started shooting the game films for his Father’s high school football team, then worked for four years at WPIX, Channel 11 in New York as Cameraman on the New York Yankee live baseball telecasts from Yankee Stadium.
He followed this with a season shooting “All My Children” at
ABC New York.
During ESPN’s first three years, John was on the prime east coast crew, covering a wide variety of sporting events. He was also head of photo support for the National Severe Storms Laboratory’s “Tornado Intercept” project based in Norman, Oklahoma. Maher covered Pope John Paul’s visit
to New York City with a live shot from the roof of the
Dag Hammarskjold Library at The United Nations.
For its complete run of seven seasons John was D.P. for “Adventures in Scale Modeling” shooting 78 half hours for broadcast on over 200 PBS stations. The series was shot entirely with Stedicam throughout North America & Europe.
For fifteen years, he was a regular contributor to news magazine programs seen on all three networks, including
“60 Minutes”, “48 Hours” for CBS, “Dateline” for NBC and “20/20” for ABC. In addition, John shot for “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer”, seen nationally on PBS, for the Fox Network, CBS Entertainment, CBS Sports and “The NBC Nightly News”.
As senior cinematographer for the Greenwich Workshop’s “Living Canvas” series, John was DP on the three-part series on World War II, which included the air battle over
Berlin, Pearl Harbor, & the bombing of Hiroshima & Nagasaki. The story of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki missions was chosen as the first documentary broadcast on
The Smithsonian Channel.
He is Director of Photography on many high end corporate projects for clients like IBM, General Electric, Kraft Foods, Mass Mutual, The Travelers and other Fortune 500 companies. He also directs and co-produces local and regional spots for several Hartford-area companies.
John Maher has shot from trucks, boats, balloons, race cars, shopping carts, horses, a variety of helicopters and fixed wing aircraft including a Japanese Zero.
He has a degree in Filmmaking and Design from the University of Oklahoma.