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The Essentials: The Works Of Harris Savides

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 11, 2012 2:03 PM
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As you might have already heard, today brings the awfully sad news that Harris Savides, one of the great working American cinematographers, has passed away at the age of 55. Savides was a relatively late-starter in features (his first stint as DoP was Phil Joanou's "Heaven's Prisoners" in 1996), but over the next fifteen years managed to work with a laundry list of great filmmakers, from James Gray and Gus Van Sant to Ridley Scott and Sofia Coppola.

R.I.P. Cinematographer Harris Savides (1957-2012)

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2012 1:30 PM
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"I light a room and let the people inhabit it, as opposed to lighting the people," cinematographer Harris Savides told the Village Voice in 2004. "It's more organic. You want to protect the people you're working with, and there's a constant battle between the best light for their face and the best light for the story. You don't want to get to the point where the audience notices the light."

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