Harris Savides (1957–2012)

Harris Savides, the seminal cinematographer of a generation of film, has died at the age of fifty-five. He is perhaps most well known for his relationship with director Gus Van Sant, with whom he had worked on six films. He has been highly praised for his photographic style that played with naturalism and 1970s framing devices. Savides earned a degree in film and still photography from the School of Visual Arts, reports the Los Angeles Times. During the length of his career, he had worked with many influential directors, from Wong Kar-Wai to Sophia Coppola. Savides once said in an interview with Variety in 2009, “I don’t want to repeat myself. I have a real issue with that. You shouldn’t be seeing me. You should be seeing the film.”