Until December 20, visitors can view a selection of works by the famed cinematographer from an exhibit that took place at the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art four years ago; it was then that Zsigmond Vilmos (1930-2016) first introduced himself as a photographer. In addition, the man himself can be seen in a film speaking about his new work, a documentary on Vilmos that was a big hit at Cameraimage in Poland last year. The photographs in the Paris exhibit date back to Vilmos’ earliest work in the 1950s.
It was back in the early 1950s that Vilmos first got interested in photography, learning a great deal from Dulovits Jenő’s Artistic Photography, including about composition, lighting, and the raw film itself. He even handled development of his photos himself. Despite his dedication to and love for photography, the native of Hungary had always been known for his work in the world of movies, especially after his move to the US and initiating his career in Hollywood. He and fellow famous cinematographer László Kovács captured footage of the 1956 Hungarian Revolution, after which they escaped to the US and sold what they filmed to CBS.
Vilmos made a name for himself in Hollywood due to his ingenious and artistic use of lighting. He worked on scores of films from 1953 up until 2014, including The Black Dahlia, The Witches of Eastwick, The Bonfire of the Vanities, The River, and The Deer Hunter. He was nominated for an Academy Award four times and won for Best Cinematography for his work on Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
As part of the exhibit, Grand Action cinema will in fact dedicate an entire evening to the world-famous cameraman on November 16.