Magazine article American Cinematographer

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Magazine article American Cinematographer

Letters

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Harry

I was devastated when I opened the January 1994 issue of AC and learned of the passing of Harry Wolf, ASC. This past summer I had the remarkable privilege of meeting Mr. Wolf and that meeting left a lasting impression on me.

Each year I travel to Los Angeles with a group of filmmaking friends to attend the ShowBiz Expo and visit the ASC Clubhouse. This summer, while we were appreciating one of the three-strip Technicolor cameras at the ASC, a benevolent man with a kind heart stopped to talk with us, sharing some technical facts about the old imbibition marvel. We immediately expressed our keen interest and the gentleman told us he was the last remaining member of the original camera crew for Gone With the Wind-but I failed to recognize him. So, I asked his name.

"Harry Wolf," he modestly divulged. My jaw dropped. I may not have memorized the face, but I definitely knew the name. For the next half hour, I was treated to a personal tour of the museum by one of the most distinguished and giving of cinematographers. I left the Clubhouse that day with an odd, warm sense that being a cinematographer must be one of the most rewarding of careers. I sensed that when a director of photography grows old, one doesn't become obsolete or tossed aside by young hot shots. Rather, the venerable cinematographer is someone revered and cherished for his experience and expertise. It struck me as being perfectly ideal that, even after setting down the viewfinder or light meter, a dignified cameraman such as Harry Wolf wasn't residing in a nursing home, but finished life sharing his passion for film with a group of young dreamers in a club blessed with some of the most inspirational individuals I've ever met. …

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