Harris Savides 1957 – 2012

 Cinematographer Harris Savides, ASC, has left us at the age of 55.

My sincere condolences to his family.

arris Savides - 1957-2012

“You shouldn’t see the photography in the film.”
Harris Savides in Interview.

Harris was a pure artist, and a gentle bear of a man, intelligent, considerate and humble. He was universally admired by his peers, and sought out by top filmmakers including Gus van Sant, David Fincher, Ridley Scott and Sofia Coppola.

He is known for having said that he lit spaces, not people. I think we can say instead that Harris created ambiances for the actors to live in. He succeeded in suffusing entire films with luminous moods that were present but invisible, like perfume.

The 3 images above evoke some of Harris’ accomplishments. He was among the first cinematographers to pioneer digital capture, with the brilliant Zodiac. The soft naturalism of Somewhere helps to give the film its light, nostalgic tone. My own favorite is Last Days, which is filled with bleak moments of understated beauty.

Harris’ feature credits include:

The Yards
Gerry
Elephant
Last Days
Milk
The Game
Zodiac
American Gangster
Somewhere
and the upcoming The Bling Ring.

Harris also lit notable music videos for Madonna and REM.

May God bless his soul.

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This failed interview shot 3 years ago at the Chateau Marmont is funny and poignant…
Directed by Kahlil Joseph. Photographed by Matt Lloyd.

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Links

NY Times Harris Savides, Visual Poet, Dies at 55

Moving Image Source’s interview with Harris as part of That 70s Look

Interview Harris Savides

Filmmaker The Toenail of the Curve: Remembering Harris Savides

The Guardian Harris Savides obituary

LA Times Harris Savides dies at 55; cinematographer on ‘Zodiac’ and ‘Milk

Indiewire In Remembrance of Harris Savides: 1957-2012 | Press Play

Slate The Beautiful Cinematography of Harris Savides

The Hollywood Reporter Cinematographer Harris Savides Dies at 55

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Everybody Hurts a video shot by Harris for REM

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