Top 10 Most Influential Cinematographers Voted on by Camera Guild

Oct 16, 2003, 01:00 ET from International Cinematographers Guild

    LOS ANGELES, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Who are the most influential
 cinematographers in the relatively brief history of filmmaking?  Billy Bitzer,
 Jordan Cronenweth, ASC, Conrad L. Hall, ASC, James Wong Howe, ASC, Sven
 Nykvist, ASC, Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC, Gregg Toland, ASC, Haskell Wexler,
 ASC, Gordon Willis, ASC, Freddie Young, BSC, and Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC topped
 the list according to a survey of International Cinematographers Guild (ICG)
 members.  They will be recognized on a Wall of Fame at the Guild's new
 national headquarters on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.  ICG will celebrate
 its 75th anniversary and commemorate the opening of the new building at a gala
 event on November 8.
     "We didn't ask our members to select the most talented or creative
 cinematographers, because that would be like asking artists to choose between
 Dali and Rembrandt," says ICG National President George Spiro Dibie, ASC.  "We
 invited them to choose the cinematographers who have done the most to
 influence the art form.  More than 300 cinematographers received votes."
     The ICG Top 10 Most Influential Cinematographers list, which is comprised
 of 11 names due to a tie, features cinematographers whose work spans the
 history of the industry.  Bitzer (BIRTH OF A NATION), Howe (THE ROSE TATTOO),
 Toland (WUTHERING HEIGHTS) and Young (LAWRENCE OF ARABIA) were in the first
 and second generation of cinematographers who were literally inventing a new
 visual language.  Cronenweth (BLADE RUNNER), Hall (BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE
 DEER HUNTER) were in the front ranks of a new wave of filmmakers who
 transformed the art form beginning in the 1950s.  They were "outsiders" with
 diverse backgrounds and different ways of thinking than the Hollywood
 cinematographers who worked under contracts at studios.
     There are some 6,000 ICG members, including cinematographers and camera
 crews who create the images for virtually all studio features and narrative
 films produced for U.S. television networks and cable outlets, in addition to
 most of the best commercials, music videos and documentaries, and television
 news.  ICG also represents still photographers and publicists who work on
 these projects.  For additional information, visit the International
 Cinematographers Guild website at .

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