Vilmos Zsigmond, 1930–2016

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McCabe & Mrs Miller (1971).

Watch enough films from the 1970s and you’ll eventually run across something photographed by Vilmos Zsigmond. And if you were watching on TV, video or even DVD there’s a good chance that his subtle grading of light and shade would have been spoiled or, in low-light scenes, reduced to murk. (TV used to be the worst for also cropping widescreen films.) Screengrabs on a web page don’t do his work any justice either but that can’t be helped. Happily, many of these films are now available in high-definition.

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Images (1972).

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Deliverance (1972).

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The Long Goodbye (1973).

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The Deer Hunter (1978).

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Heaven’s Gate (1980).

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Heaven’s Gate (1980).

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Heaven’s Gate (1980).