Fuck fuck fuck. There's no sadder celebrity death than that of a great artist still in his or her prime. Only a handful of cinematographers ever achieve a level of notability and name-recognition comparable to directors, and Harris Savides was certainly one of them. He was one of the top men in his business, crafting gorgeous images—the headline of his Times obituary calls him a "Visual Poet"—for Gus Van Sant, David Fincher, Noah Baumbach and others, and he died earlier this week from brain cancer. Here's some of his best work.
The opening of Birth. People don't love this movie as much as they should, especially for Savides's compositions.
Here's a scene from Elephant. God this movie looked beautiful.
Has there ever been a better opening than the one to Gerry? You guys, I'm going to start crying.
The opening scene of Zodiac.
Savides started on music videos, including Fiona Apple's "Criminal," which was only, like, the defining video of the 90s.