Professional life

Cinematographer Sue Gibson, BSC, passed away

Sue Gibson

We were saddened to learn of the passing of British cinematographer Sue Gibson on 27 July 2016 as a result of her battle with cancer at the age of 64. In 1992, she was the first woman to be invited by her peers to join the BSC, of which she served as President from 2008 to 2010.

Cinematographer Denys Clerval, AFC, has passed away

Denys Clerval

The AFC’s members are deeply saddened to announce the death of their colleague and friend Denys Clerval on 9 June 2016 following a prolonged illness, at the age of 82. Denys Clerval was a loyal and long-standing member of our association, and enjoyed taking part in our family of cinematographers. As a cinematographer, he was particularly proud of his work on François Truffaut’s films Stolen Kisses (1968) and Mississippi Mermaid (1969), on René Allio’s film The Shameless Old Lady (1965), and Ruy Guerra’s film Erendira (1983).

Passing of Cinematographer Armand Marco, AFC

Armand Marco

The announcement of the passing of a long-time friend often takes one by surprise: in reaction, one wishes that one had heard about the news earlier. The passing of Armand Marco, AFC Member, occurred on Saturday, 20 February 2016 at the age of 77 in Yerres. It was sad news for many of us. Armand was one of the pillars of our association for many years.

Passing of Cinematographer Paul Bonis

Paul Bonis

We were saddened to learn of the passing of our colleague Paul Bonis, cinematographer, on Thursday, 2 July 2015 at his residence in Bono (Morbihan, France). He was 76 years old. Having dedicated forty years of his life to the cinema, he said that his “master” was Claude Chabrol, who was almost a “surrogate father” to him.

Gerry Fisher, a great man and a great professional

Gerry Fisher

I first met Gerry Fisher in 1975 on the set of Joseph Losey’s Mr. Klein. At that time, I was 2nd AC in Pierre-William Glenn’s team, who was operating on this film. I admired his work on Accident, Secret Ceremony, The Offence, A Doll’s House and Man in the Wilderness, and was shadowing him on the set, trying to learn his cinematography.

Gerry Fisher is not dead
By Pierre-William Glenn, AFC

Gerry Fisher

Gerry Fisher was one of the greatest men I met in my life. Joseph Losey asked me to be the Director of Photography on Monsieur Klein in the event Gerry didn’t obtain the special dispensation to work at this position in France (professional cards reigned supreme in those days…).

In memoriam of Director of Photography Oswald Morris, BSC

Oswald Morris

It is with great sadness that we learnt of the death of our British colleague Oswald Norman Morris, BSC, on Monday, 17 March 2014 at his home at Fontmell Magna, Dorset (UK) at the age of 98. Along with Freddie Young, Jack Cardiff, and Christopher Challis, “Ossie” Morris was a member of that generation of English directors of photography who learnt their trade while cinema itself was developing around them.

For Jacques Loiseleux
By Pierre-William Glenn, AFC

Jacques Loiseleux

It is with deep sadness that we received news of the passing of our colleague, director of photography Jacques Loiseleux, AFC, on Monday, 17 March 2014. A founding member of our association and one of its pillars, one of its souls, Jacques served as its General Secretary for over ten years and was one of its Vice-Presidents. He was eighty-one years old.

In memory of Gilbert Taylor, BSC
By Marc Salomon, AFC’s consulting member

Gilbert Taylor

A few weeks ago we announced the death of British cinematographer Gilbert Taylor, BSC, aged 99. Marc Salomon, a consulting member of the AFC, presents the biofilmography of this director of photography whose career began in 1929 and whose talented shadow is still visible in the more than sixty feature-length fictional films he shot.

The Rules of the Game
By Eric Gautier, Director of Photography, AFC

Contracts

I must say that I am rather dumbfounded by the turn events have taken and the conflict between directors and technicians that is looming on the horizon. Indelible scars have already been made. I do not understand the point of this fratricide war, for our interests are identical. I have always made films for directors.