January 2, 2017


Douglas Slocombe (1913-) b. London, England.

British cinematographer, who began his career as a photo-journalist for Life and Paris-Match, becoming a newsreel camera operator during World War II before making his debut as a lighting cameraman at Ealing on Dead of Night (1945). Slocombe deserves much of the credit for the distinctive, unpretentious look of Ealing, his work being seen at its best perhaps in It Always Rains on Sunday (1947) and, in particular, in the luminous Romney Marsh locations of The Loves of Joanna Godden (1947). After Ealing, his career developed as a freelance cinematographer on both sides of the Atlantic, with British Academy awards for The Servant (1963), The Great Gatsby (1974) and Julia (1977). Since the late 1970s he has shot a number of films for Spielberg, most notably Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984). In 2007, Slocombe was awarded an OBE in the New Year’s honours list.

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