Magazine article American Cinematographer

In Memoriam: Burnett Guffey

Magazine article American Cinematographer

In Memoriam: Burnett Guffey

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Burnett Guffey died May 30 at the age of 78. Perhaps best known for his Oscar winning photography of Bonnie and Clyde, Guffey also received an Academy Award for From Here to Eternity and nominations for The Harder They Fall. Bird Man of Alcatraz, and King Hat.

A native of Tennessee, Guffey came to California in his teens. Unable to attend college, he took a job in the camera department at a movie studio across the street from his uncle's house and embarked on a career which included photography of over 70 features and numerous television programs. He was responsible for second camera on The Iron Horse in 1924 and numerous other films including The Informer and Foreign Correspondent until he became a director of photography in 1944.

At the time of his work on King Rat he expressed a preference for "the mystery, action-adventure and stark slice-of-life type of story" and he was an ardent believer in simplicity in cinematography. …

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