Thursday, September 21, 2006

Farewell to Bergman's Cinematographer

In today's New York Times Stephen Holden pens an obituary for Sven Nykvist, cinematographer for many of Ingmar Bergman's films. Nykvist, who was 83, won two Academy Awards and was a great proponent of the use of naturalistic lighting. Holden offers this 1995 quotation from Nykvist:
"One of the things [Bergman and I] believed was that a picture shouldn't look lit. Whenever possible, I lit with one source and avoided creating double shadows, because that pointed to photography."

Read the obituary here, and a 1984 interview by the American Film Institute here.

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