AN EYE FOR THE MOVIES
A pioneering and inventive artist who helped craft the visual language of film, Oscar-winning cinematographer James Wong Howe contributed a wide variety of valuable material from his career to the Academy. His journey in Hollywood began as a janitor in Hollywood, cleaning out the camera room at Lasky Studios in 1917.
He remained active until 1975, earning Academy Awards for photographing The Rose Tattoo (1955), seen above during production with Tennesee Williams and Burt Lancaster, and Hud (1963), with an additional eight nominations. Other highlights include The Thin Man (1934), Kings Row (1942), Picnic (1955), Sweet Smell of Success (1957), Seconds (1966) (seen below), and Hombre (1967).
The James Wong Howe papers span the years 1915-1991 and consist of scripts, correspondence, article manuscripts, an oral history, radio broadcast transcripts, biographical and publicity material, scrapbooks, and photographs. The Margaret Herrick Library recently acquired additional materials including business papers and awards.