Masters of the Close-Up, Up Close

Owen Roizman

Portraits of Cinematographers by Owen Roizman

During his 35 years as a cinematographer, Owen Roizman, ASC, has shot nearly 30 features and earned five Oscar nominations, for "The French Connection" (1971), "The Exorcist" (1973), "Network" (1976), "Tootsie" (1982) and "Wyatt Earp" (1994).

Around 1996 Roizman was inspired by his friend, accomplished photographer Douglas Kirkland, to explore the new world then opening up in digital photography thanks to the invention of new cameras and software like Adobe Photoshop.

This experimentation led to a regular assignment taking portraits of fellow cinematographers for the "Member Portrait" running in American Cinematographer magazine each month. This exhibition will showcase more than 100 of Roizman’s portraits of American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) members.

The images on view reveal individuals who, since they are most often found on the other side of a motion picture camera, are rarely photographed themselves. The digital prints, all made by Roizman himself, vary in style and format, but are all connected by his excitement at capturing these rare depictions of his fellow directors of photography away from the set.

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Exhibition Information

January 20 through April 17, 2011
The Academy’s Grand Lobby Gallery
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