Magazine article American Cinematographer

In Memoriam: Gilbert Taylor, BSC

Magazine article American Cinematographer

In Memoriam: Gilbert Taylor, BSC

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ASC International Award honoree Gilbert Taylor, BSC died Aug. 23 at his home on the Isle of Wight. He was 99.

Taylor was born on April 12, 1914, in Bushey Heath, England. The son of a successful builder, he was expected to become an architect and take over the family business. But when he was 15, a job offer from a neighbor to be a camera assistant allowed Taylor to build a different future for himself.

Taylor worked for 10 years as an assistant, a loader and an operator under Bill Shenton and Freddie Young, BSC, before he joined the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in 1939. He was trained to fly as a mid-upper gunner in Lancaster bombers, but he spent his six years of service photographing the targets of night raids over Germany after the bombs were dropped. He also led a small group of cameramen to cover the liberation of the concentration camps and the signing of the armistice. …

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