Many outlets, including Deadline, are reporting that legendary cinematographer Gilbert Taylor has passed away at the age of 99. His vast body of work dated all the way back to 1930, when he was the assistant camera operator on the early British talkie One Embarrassing Night. From there he went on to be the director of photography on 70 film and television titles, including some bonafide classics.
Among his most outstanding and lauded works are Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb and Richard Lester’s A Hard Day’s Night in 1964, Roman Polanski’s Repulsion in 1965, Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy in 1972, Richard Donner’s The Omen in 1976, and George Lucas’ Star Wars in 1977. Any one of those would have been enough to earn him a place in film history, but all six make him a god among cinematographers. That he never received a single Oscar nomination throughout his 60 year career is a travesty, as the look of each of the above films is directly connected to the feel and enjoyment of them. He truly was a master at his craft and he will be sorely missed.
Below are some of the best scenes from his best work. Share your thoughts and feelings on Mr. Gilbert’s film work in the comments below.