Professional life

Death of Roger Cuvillier, father of the Pan Cinor zoom lens
By Marc Salomon, consulting member of the AFC

Roger Cuvillier

Roger Cuvillier had revolutionized the professional cinematography lens by releasing a variable-focus lens in 1956, the Pan Cinor, manufactured in Dijon in the SOM Berthiot factories. This was a 38.5-154mm lens at f/3.8, which was designed according to the principles of optical compensation and which followed a series of small zoom lenses designed in the early 50s for amateur 8 and 16mm formats.

Death of Witold Sobociński, PSC (1929-2018)
By Marc Salomon, consulting member of the AFC

In memory of

Witold Sobociński, PSC, died on 19 November 2018, just a few days after having been honoured by a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Festival EnergaCamerimage at Bydgoszcz in Poland. Jazzman, cinematographer, and pedagogue, he left his mark on Polish cinematography through his collaborations with directors Jerzy Skolimowski, Andrzej Wajda, Kryzystof Zanussi, Wojciech Has, Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Roman Polański, etc.

Death of Cinematographer Edmond Richard, AFC

Edmond Richard

We were saddened to learn of the death of Cinematographer Edmond Richard, AFC, which occurred in Paris on 5 June 2018 at the age of 91. Having shot over fifty films, Edmond Richard shared the visual universes of directors as varied as Marcel Carné, René Clément, Henri Verneuil, Jean Girault, Guy Casaril, Sébastien Japrisot, Robert Hossein, Gérad Pirès, and Orson Welles, Luis Buñuel and Jean-Pierre Mocky, whose faithful partner he was on over twenty films.

Cinematographer Robby Müller, NSC, passes away

Robby Müller

Recognized for his work on films directed by Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, and Lars von Trier, inter alia, in which the technical aspect was dissimulated behind the rhythm and grace of his camera movements and the expressive use he made of natural light and colour, Dutch cinematographer Robby Müller, NSC, passed away in Amsterdam on Tuesday, 3 July 2018, at the age of seventy-eight. Agnès Godard, AFC, who was his assistant on Paris, Texas, eulogizes below.

Sobibor, October 14, 1943, 4 p.m.

In memory of

During Claude Lanzemann’s funeral at the Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris on Thursday, 12 July 2018, Caroline Champetier, AFC, who worked alongside him, was one of the eulogizers and she spoke the following words.

When Idrissa Ouedraogo’s Dream Ended

In memory of

With the death of director and producer Idrissa Ouedraogo on Sunday, 18 February 2018, aged 64, Burkinabe and African cinema lost one of its most striking figures. During his long and rich career he directed over thirty films, including ten feature-length motion pictures, οf which Tilaï, awarded at Cannes in 1990 is especially memorable, as is the softness of Matthias Kälin’s images on Yaaba, shot in 1988. Jean-Paul Meurisse, one of the cinematographers who worked with him, pays tribute below.

Passing away of cinematographer Jean-Jacques Bouhon, AFC

Jean-Jacques Bouhon

It is with deep sadness that the AFC cinematographers share the news of the passing away of their friend and colleague Jean-Jacques Bouhon, AFC, on Wednesday, 27 September 2017 following a serious illness, at the age of 70. Besides his cinematographic work – notable examples of which are Coline Serreau’s Three Men and a Cradle, Thomas Gilou’s La Vérité si je mens, Patrick Bouchitey’s Lune froide, and Michel Sibra’s La Soule –, and his great human qualities, Jean-Jacques was an active member of our association, of the Image department of La fémis film school, and of the Superior Technical Commission (CST).

Mike Eley, new President of the BSC

Associations and federations activities

At a recent board meeting, Mike Eley, BSC, was elected the new President of the British Society of Cinematographers. He succeeds Barry Ackroyd, BSC, who headed the society from 2014 to 2017. Richard Andry, President of the AFC, greets in few words his accession to the Presidency of the BSC.

Michael Ballhaus, ASC (1935-2017)
By Marc Salomon, AFC consulting member

In memory of

With the death of Michael Ballhaus, ASC, which occurred in Berlin on Tuesday, 11 April 2017 at the age of 81, cinematography has lost one of its most talented artisans. Director of Photography for Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, and Mike Nichols, amongst others, he constantly experimented during his forty-year-long career, filming each of his movies in a style that was often highly innovative. Whoever has seen The Marriage of Maria Braun will have been impressed by his impressive risk-taking, which was one of the great cinematographer’s hallmarks.

The International Community pays its respects to Jacques Monge
By Laurent Andrieux for the AFC

Jacques Monge

Jacques’ friends who were also eminent Steadicam cameramen sent us warm messages. His friends Garrett Brown – the inventor of the Steadicam® –, Chris Fawcett, Dan Kneece, Ruben Sluijter, Alessandro Brambilla, as well as Jack Churchill (Ted Churchill’s brother), and, from France, Loïc Andrieu, Philippe Bordelais, and Jake Russell – a cameraman that Jacques trained over the last few years and who filmed Frédéric Ducomet-Boquier’s film Steadicam Paradox(e)– all paid tribute to a man who never stopped training, advising, and supporting Steadicam operators who are passionate about their profession, and who are today the world’s best in the field, including his own son, Valentin. Régis Prosper, of Cartoni France, the current importer of the Steadicam and an associate member of the AFC, also shared his memories with us.

"The Coutard Dolly"
By Kees van Oostrum, ASC President

Raoul Coutard

Few days ago, we received from Kees Van Oostrum, President of the ASC, these kind words addressed to all the members of the AFC. “I was going to write you last week when I got the news that the great Raoul Coutard had passed away but then decided that I was going to write my upcoming Presidents desk article for the ASC magazine about him and my personal connection. I never had the privilege of meeting him but he was of great influence to me as a cinematographer. Anyway included is the article that will go out in the next issue but wanted to share it with you already.”

Coutard, “First Name: Raoul”
Raoul Coutard has passed away

Raoul Coutard

Raoul Coutard has passed away! The famous cinematographer and director left this world on Tuesday, 8 November 2016, near Bayonne, at the age of 92. With his passing, a major figure of the cinematography world of the last sixty years – from 1956 with Pierre Schoendoerffer’s La Passe du Diable to 2001 (Philippe Garrel’s Sauvage Innocence) – has taken his last bow.

Passing of Bernard Château, the Gentleman with the Movie Camera Car

Bernard Château

We were saddened to learn of the death of Bernard Château, “a camera car specialist” as he liked to call himself, on Monday, 15 August 2016, at the age of 83. His long career spanned feature-length and short films, television advertisements, second units, and much more. But the project of which he was proudest was his work on Gérard Oury’s cult classic, La Grande vadrouille. We will always remember his attendance at the Micro Salon in 2011 and 2014, his friendly nature, and his two last camera cars, which he took care of like the apples of his eye!

Nathalie Coste-Cerdan nominated General Director of La fémis


Paris, July 2016 – François Hollande, President of the French Republic, nominated Nathalie Coste-Cerdan General Director of cinema school La fémis, following the recommendation made by Audrey Azoulay, Minister of Culture and of Communication. Coste-Cerdan will take over this role from her predecessor, Marc Nicolas, as of 15 July 2016.