Influencers: Ed Lachman Looked Back to Expand the Cinematographer’s Paintbox

Published on Dec 03, 2019

Influencers: Ed Lachman Looked Back to Expand the Cinematographer’s Paintbox

Walk into an event at the yearly gathering of cinematographers at Poland’s Camerimage Film Festival and you are likely to find Ed Lachman, the unassuming Dp with his trademark hat, tucked away in a back corner holding court as a collection of his celebrated colleagues hang on his every word. They aren’t simply there to hear how Lachman created the look of a chemically-tainted light on his most recent film, “Dark Waters” — or one of the dozens of his peers’ “how the hell did Ed do that?” queries — but also how a master like Robby Müller sculpted low light, or Sven Nykvist studied natural light, or Vittorio Storaro manufactured his chiaroscuro light. Lachman serving as a common thread to these three diverse pillars of the craft, each of whom he considers a close mentor, having studied under and worked for them as he learned the craft himself.

Lachman’s knowledge,

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Author: Chris O'Falt