American Cinematographer

American Cinematographer is the monthly magazine published by the American Society of Cinematographers. American Cinematographer covers film and video production techniques.


Vol. 99, No. 6, June

President's Desk
The Film BuffThere was once an era in Hollywood filmmaking that uplifted the underdog, that cherished the right thing, that celebrated justice. The narratives of these classic movies reflected a culture of freedom. They addressed civil rights, social...
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Vol. 98, No. 8, August

IN MEMORIAM: Fred J. Koenekamp, ASC, 1922-2017
Fred J. Koenekamp, ASC, an Academy Award winner for the iconic disaster film The Towering Inferno, died on May 31 at the age of 94.Born in Los Angeles on Nov. 11, 1922, Koenekamp was introduced to filmmaking in his youth by his father, special-effects...
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Vol. 98, No. 7, July

IN MEMORIAM: Sol Negrin, ASC, 1929-2017
Longtime ASC member So! Negrin died on March 20. He was 88.Negrin was born in New York City on Feb. 16, 1929. His father worked in the garment industry, but Sol Negrin dreamed of becoming a naval architect. His math skills, however, held him back. "I...
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IN MEMORIAM: Michael Ballhaus, ASC, 1935-2017
Michael Ballhaus, ASC died at his home in Berlin on April 12 at the age of 81.Ballhaus was born in Berlin on Aug. 5, 1935, to stage actors Oskar Ballhaus and Lena Hutter, who encouraged his creativity. "Right after the war, they founded a cultural agency...
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Vol. 98, No. 6, June

In Memoriam: Bobby Byrne, ASC, 1932-2017
Robert "Bobby" Byrne, Ab(_ - whose credits included the features Blue Collar, Sixteen Candles and Bull Durham - died on March 9, 2017. He was 85.Byrne was born in 1932 in Jamaica, Queens, N.Y. Recounting his early forays in the motion-picture industry,...
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Vol. 98, No. 5, May

In Memoriam: Gerald Hirschfeld, ASC, 1921-2017
Gerald Hirschfeld, ASC, who compiled more than 40 feature credits over the course of a distinguished career that saw him become the most senior member of the American Society of Cinematographers, died on Feb. 13. He was 95.Born on April 25, 1921, Hirschfeld...
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Vol. 97, No. 9, September

Editor's Note
Cinematography is truly a global art form, as we acknowledge on the cover of each month's issue by declaring our magazine to be "An International Publication of the ASC." Here at AC, we pride ourselves on casting our editorial net far and wide to get...
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Vol. 90, No. 8, August

Exposing a Secret Slaughter
Filmmakers, activists and other experts join forces on The Cove, a documentary that exposes the brutal killing of dolphins in Taiji, Japan.When director Louie Psihoyos decided to bring Colora do -based cinematographer Brook Aitken aboard The Cove as...
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