In memoriam of Director of Photography Oswald Morris, BSC

AFC newsletter n°242

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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.

Born in 1915 in Middlesex, Oswald Morris entered into cinematographic milieus at a very young age. After first working as a projectionist as an adolescent, he began as an errand boy and “clapman” in London’s Wembley Studios at the age of 16.

  • Read or reread "Huston, We Have a Problem" - A Kaleidoscope of Filmmaking Memories, an article in which Marc Salomon, Consulting Member of the AFC, presents an autobiography of Oswald Morris and summarizes his career.
  • Also read an article published on the website of the British Society of Cinematographers.

(On top oh this article, Oswald Morris - British Film Institute)