Monday, 28 December 2015

OBIT - HASKELL WEXLER


Celebrated cinematographer Haskell Wexler has died, aged 93. He passed in his sleep on the 27th of December, at home in Santa Monica, California, after a long life and a successful career. Known to be one of cinema'a most influential directors of photography, his accolades included two Academy Awards from five nominations (including the final Black-and-White Cinematography award), two National Society of Film Critics honours, an Independent Spirit Award, Lifetime Achievement recognitions from both the American Society of Cinematographers and Camerimage, and even a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, as one of only six cinematographers to have received one. You'll be familiar with so many of his movies: America America, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, In the Heat of the Night, The Thomas Crown Affair, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Bound for Glory, Coming Home, Matewan and Days of Heaven. He is survived by his spouse, actor and fellow cinematographer Rita Taggart, and by his three children, Mark, Jeff and Kathy.