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By John Alton

Few cinematographers have had as decisive an effect at the cinematic medium as John Alton. top recognized for his hugely stylized movie noir classics T-Men, He Walked by means of Night, and The immense Combo, Alton earned a name through the Nineteen Forties and Nineteen Fifties as one among Hollywood's consummate craftsmen via his visible signature of crisp shadows and sculpted beams of sunshine. No much less popular for his virtuoso colour cinematography and deft appropriation of widescreen and Technicolor, he earned an Academy Award in 1951 for his paintings at the musical An American in Paris. First released in 1949, Painting With mild remains one of many few really canonical statements at the paintings of movie images, an unmatched historic rfile at the workings of postwar American cinema. In basic, non-technical language, Alton explains the activity of the cinematographer and explores how lighting fixtures, digital camera strategies, and selection of destinations make sure the visible temper of movie. Todd McCarthy's creation presents an summary of Alton's biography and profession and explores the impact of his paintings on modern cinematography and the foreword, written expressly for this variation by way of award-winning cinematographer John Bailey, explores Alton’s frequently contentious relationships with colleagues, the yankee Society of Cinematographers, and the motion picture itself.

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