Magazine article American Cinematographer

In Memoriam

Magazine article American Cinematographer

In Memoriam

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Frederick E. West, ASC, a cinematographer best known for his work in many American International pictures produced by Roger Corman during the late 1950s, died November 20. He was 81 and lived at Los Osos, California.

Born in Los Angeles in 1903, West worked at various studio jobs for several years before he became a cameraman in 1933.Much of his work was done for independent producers, such as Willis Kent and Jack Coyle, making industrial and religious films. He filmed seven features for Cathedral Films, including Escape to Egypt, Man of the Wilderness and Wings of the Wind. At California Studios he made a series of church pictures that included Challenge of Faith, Return to Nazareth and Conflict.

West was active in TV production from the early days of the industry, working in both 35mm and 16mm, as was customary at that time. He photographed Eddie Bracken's WiIHe Wonderful series, numerous one-shot musicals and dramas, and worked on early dramatic shows such as Readers Digest Theater. …

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