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Jack Cardiff is arguably Britain's finest cinematographer.

Jack's career has covered the whole span of sound and cinema. A pioneer of Technicolor, he is most noted perhaps for his belief in simplistic lighting in such films as The African Queen, Black

Narcissus and The Red Shoes. With the Crown Film Unit of the Ministry of Information during WW2, he photographed many documentaries, including the excellent Western Approaches. His descriptions of working with famous directors such as Michael Powell, John Ford and Alfred Hitchcock paint a rich picture of filmmaking from the 1930's onwards.

Born into a theatrical family, he was a camera assistant at Denham when chosen to be one of Technicolor's first trainees in 1936. For the next ten years he worked on many varied assignments, before Michael Powell launched his career as a lighting cameraman with A Matter of Life and Death in 1946, followed by the atmospheric magic of Black Narcissus, which won him an Academy Award, and delirious fantasy of The Red Shoes.

Equally versatile in the studio and on location, he worked with a dazzling array of directors and stars - Hitchcock, Huston, Vidor; Ava Gardner, Bogart, Monroe, Sophia Loren - before achieving recognition as a director with Sons and Lovers in 1960.

In the 80s, he lent distinction to action vehicles for Schwarzenegger and Stallone; and in 1996 published a fascinating memoir, Magic Hour.

Jack has received many accolades, including an OBE, two Oscars and a BAFTA Fellowship. In 2001, he was honoured with an Academy Award for his lifetime contribution to the art of cinematography.

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