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Bryan, John (1911–1969), film production designer and producer, was born Eric John Bryan Pratt at 48 Cambridge Gardens, Kensington, London, on 12 August 1911, the son of Herbert George Pratt (1877–1948), who was the actor–manager and stage producer Herbert Bryan, and his wife, ...

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Cardiff, Jack (1914–2009), cinematographer and film director, was born John George James Gran on 18 September 1914 at 2 Standard Place, St Peter's Road, Great Yarmouth, the second son of John Joseph Gran (1875–1939) and his wife, Florence Emily, née Crockett, both music hall artistes. ...

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Jack Cardiff (1914–2009) by Muky, 1960 © The Kobal Collection

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Challis, Christopher George Joseph (1919–2012), cinematographer, was born on 18 March 1919 at 30 Fulham Road, Kensington, London, the son of George Christopher Challis (1888–1941), chauffeur, and his wife, Marie Antoinette, née Julien (d. 1953). After leaving King's College School, Wimbledon, he joined ...

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Dickinson, Desmond Evelyn Otho Cockburn (1902–1986), cinematographer, was born on 25 May 1902 at 9 Clifton Road, Kingston, Surrey, the second son of Edgell Antonio Fitzgerald Albert Dickinson (1876-1913), a glove merchant's clerk, and his wife, Ethel Lily Emily Bennett (...

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Fisher, Gerald [Gerry] (1926–2014), cinematographer, was born on 23 June 1926 at 14 Waterloo Road, Lambeth, London, the son of Oliver Charles Fisher, clerk and actor, and his wife, Margaret, née Eyles. After being educated at technical school, he gained employment at ...

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Francis, Frederick William [Freddie] (1917–2007), cinematographer and film director, was born on 22 December 1917 at 32 Offord Road, Islington, London, the son of Frederick William Francis, railway worker, and later commission agent, and his wife, Mary Ann, née Wilkins. About the age of thirteen he developed an interest in photography, and when he left school at sixteen he was apprenticed to a stills photographer. However, a visit to a film studio ignited a passion for film-making and he took a job as clapper boy at ...

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Green, Guy Mervin Charles (1913–2005), cinematographer and film director, was born on 5 November 1913 at 4 Portway, Frome, Somerset, the son of Charles Frederick Green, chauffeur, and his wife, Violet Annie, née Smith. An enthusiastic filmgoer as a child, he gained his first technical experience operating his school's new film projector, and later used a contact at the film distributor to gain a job as assistant projectionist on cruise ships. Back in ...

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Greene, William Friese- (1855–1921), developer of moving pictures and photographer, was born as William Edward Green on 7 September 1855 at 68 College Street, Bristol, one of seven children of James Green (b. 1816), a metalworker and goldsmith, and his wife, Elizabeth Sage (...

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William Friese- Greene (1855–1921) self-portrait, c. 1890 [series of facial expressions adopted for an experiment to analyse motion] NMPFT / Science & Society Picture Library

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Halas, John [formerly Janos Halasz] (1912–1995), film animator, was born in Budapest, Hungary, on 16 April 1912, the son of Gyozo Halasz (also known as Victor Halasz), journalist, and his wife, Bertha. He was educated in Budapest. At the age of eighteen he moved to ...

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Handford, Peter Thomas (1919–2007), film sound recordist, was born on 21 March 1919 at 34 Albert Road, St Marylebone, London, the son of Hedley William Mounteney Handford (1883–1929), Church of England clergyman, and his wife, Helen Beatrice, née Crosse (b. 1891). At the time of his birth his parents lived at ...

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Hiller, Erwin [known as Erwin Hillier] (1911–2005), cinematographer, was born on 2 September 1911 in Berlin, of mixed Anglo-German parentage; his father was Robert Hiller, described by Erwin as 'of independent means'. He grew up in Germany and as a result his English retained a continental inflection for the rest of his life. After attending art school, he made his first contacts with the German film industry, working on a number of productions, including ...

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Krasker, Robert (1913–1981), cinematographer, was born on 13 August 1913 in Perth, Australia, the youngest of five children. His parents were both French. One of the most celebrated cameramen in British cinema history, Robert Krasker was brought up in Australia and France. After studying art in ...

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Morris, Oswald Norman (Ossie) (1915–2014), cinematographer, was born on 22 November 1915 at 2 Station Parade, Ruislip, Middlesex, the son of Alfred Morris, tobacconist and newsagent, and his wife Constance Amy, née Peachey. He was educated at Uxbridge County School, Hillingdon...

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Muybridge, Eadweard James [formerly Edward James Muggeridge] (1830–1904), developer of motion photography, was born on 9 April 1830 at Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, the second of four sons of John Muggeridge (1797–1843), corn chandler, of Kingston, and his wife, Susannah (1807/8–1874), daughter of the ...

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Eadweard James Muybridge (1830–1904) by London Stereoscopic Co., c. 1895 Getty Images

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Ronald Neame (1911–2010) by Fred Daniels, 1950 © estate of Fred Daniels / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Neame, Ronald (1911–2010), cinematographer, film producer, and director, was born on 23 April 1911 at 4 Temple Fortune Farm, Hendon, Middlesex, the son of Stuart Elwin (Senny) Neame (1886–1923), a film director as well as a successful portrait photographer operating from a studio in ...