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Painting with Light by John Alton
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First published in 1949, Alton's study of cinematography remains a major statement on the art of motion picture photography, as well as an interesting historical document on the workings of the postwar American cinema. In simple, non-technical language, Alton explains the job of the cinematographer and explores how lighting, camera techniques and choice of locations determine the visual mood of film. Todd McCarthy's introduction, written especially for this edition, provides an overview of Alton's biography and career and explores the influence of his work on contemporary cinematography.

Author Biography

John Alton (born 1901) was one of the most renowned cinematographers of the postwar American cinema. In 1951 he won an Academy Award for his color photography of An American in Paris. He lives in Los Angeles. Todd McCarthy is chief film critic of Variety, co-editor of the King of Bs (1975), and writer and co-director of the award winning documentary, Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography (1992).
Release date Australia
May 9th, 1995
Introduction by Todd McCarthy
Country of Publication
United States
290 b&w photographs
University of California Press
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