Although I cannot do justice to the depth and range of the French text, I have freely translated some excerpts to share a few of the book’s insights.
The bold emphasis is mine, and is not in the original text.
Philippe Rousselot is a leading cinematographer whose credits include:
Diva, The Emerald Forest, Thérèse, Hope and Glory, The Bear,
Dangerous Liaisons, Too Beautiful for You, Henry and June,
A River Runs Through It, Interview with the Vampire, Queen Margot, Mary Reilly, Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and
Philippe’s work has earned him many awards, including an Oscar, a BAFTA, and 3 Cesars
Philippe’s thin elegant book is part of an ongoing series about “the wisdom of a métier”, and is therefore entitled The Wisdom of the Cinematographer.
The book offers an interesting breakdown of the key themes of cinematography.
table of contents
5. Order & disorder
9. Night, day
10. Faces, landscapes