Jun 072014
Andrei Zvyagintsev & Mikhail Krichman in Cannes

– The Russian director and cinematographer of the powerful drama Leviathan in Cannes, the day after the widely acclaimed film got the prize for best screenplay from Jane Campion’s jury. Many of us felt that this richly composed, tragic tale — inspired by Thomas Hobbes and the Book of Job — deserved a higher honor. [...]

Jun 052014
Carlo Varini 1946-2014

— The Swiss cinematographer has left us suddenly. We will miss Carlo’s talent, kindness and finesse. Our condolences to his family. Le directeur photo suisse nous a quitté soudainement. Son talent, sa gentillesse et sa finesse nous manqueront. Nos condoléances à sa famille et ses proches. Parmi ses films / among his films: “Dernier Combat”, [...]

May 192014
Gordon Willis 1931-2014

— Gordon is gone, but he leaves behind his wonderful trail-blazing work including visual masterpieces like: – Klute – Godfather part 1 – Godfather part 2 – Manhattan – All the President’s Men Gordon Willis changed the art of cinematography for ever. May God bless his soul. +++ The photo is from Caleb Deshchanel’s toast [...]

Mar 032014
Chivo hugs Deakins before Oscar

– click image for bigger version A photo-montage of Chivo congratulated by his fellow nominees Roger Deakins, Phedon Papamichael, Bruno Delbonnel & Philippe Le Sourd, hugging Roger Deakins, and receiving his well-deserved Oscar. BRAVO EMMANUEL ! finally +++

Jan 182014
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS article on line

My in-depth cover story for American Cinematographer about this striking film is online. — Bruno Delbonnel collaborated with colorist Peter Doyle to create a unique, muted look with radiant skins and desaturated tones to convey the sadness that underlies this movie. +++ Bruno has received a Bronze Frog from Camerimage for his work on Llewyn, [...]

Dec 082013
Haskell Wexler dances on a string

— The great cinematographer is tied to actress Sandy Dennis on the set of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf; this rope “leash” is a good way to keep a constant distance between an actor and the camera. Of course this is also an amazing image of the bond between the actor & cinematographer: dance & [...]

Dec 032013

A brief article by Kristopher Tapley in Hitfix, has some nice quotes from Chivo about what distinguishes directors Alfonso Cuaron and Terrence Malick: I love to work with them, because they believe that you can express emotion visually +++