With his family at his bedside, veteran British cinematographer Gilbert Taylor passed away at his home on the Isle of Wight on August 23rd, according to Variety.
Taylor, who had turned 99 in April, has worked in the film industry his entire life; having started his career in 1929 as a camera assistant, serving in World War II as an operational cameraman filming bombing raids, and eventually becoming Director of Photography for the first time in 1948, with the film The Guinea Pig.
His most notable stints as DP began in the mid-sixties, with Taylor being responsible for the acclaimed photography in 's A Hard Day's Night, a British comedy starring none other than the Beatles, at the very height of 'Beatlemania' in 1964. He later went on to work for , shooting the film Dr. Strangelove in haunting black-and-white.
Taylor also collaborated extensively with director , participating in Repulsion (1965) and Cul de Sac (1966); he would later go on to imprint his mark on Polanski's rendition of Macbeth (1971).
The Hertfordshire native would work in the mid-seventies on arguably one the most popular blockbusters in recent film history: ' Star Wars (now known as Episode IV: A New Hope). During this decade, he also collaborated with in the thriller Frenzy, with in The Omen and in 1980 with in Flash Gordon.
His last feature credit was 1994′s Don't Get Me Started, helmed by Arthur Ellis. He still kept on shooting commercials afterwards. Taylor received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the British Society of Cinematographers, of which he was a founding member, in 2001. In 2006 he would receive the American Society of Cinematography's International Award.
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