R.I.P. Cinematographer Harry Savides

October 11, 2012


Cinematographer Harry Savides, who skillfully served as director of photography for the likes of Woody Allen, David Fincher, Sofia Coppola, Noah Baumbach, and most often Gus Van Sant, has reportedly died at the age of 55. No cause of death has yet been provided.

Savides did early work in music videos, shooting iconic videos for Fiona Apple ("Criminal") and Nine Inch Nails (Closer) and winning MTV Video Music Awards for his work as cameraman for REM's "Everybody Hurts" and Madonna's "Rain." In the film world, he somehow never got the recognition he deserved from the Academy, but his filmography makes evident that he was well-regarded and repeatedly sought out for his services. Among the distinctive work he'll be remembered for: Zodiac, The Game, Greenberg, Milk, Somewhere, Margot at the Wedding, and Sofia Coppola's upcoming The Bling Ring, which will be Savides' final film credit. When it came to making scenes of rich people talking look striking, no one could do it like him.

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