It has been reported that veteran cinematographer and documentarian, Haskell Wexler died Sunday in Santa Monica at the age of 93. The legendary artist has won many awards, apart from the Academy Awards for his renowned works in both areas.
After a news post of his death was spotted on the official blog of Haskell Wexler, his son confirmed the news who wrote, “peacefully in his sleep.”
According to Variety, Wexler’s son has been quoted as saying, “An amazing life has ended but his lifelong commitment to fighting the good fight, for peace, for all humanity, will live on.”
Winning Academy Award for “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” in 1966 and then for “Bound for Glory” in 1976, Wexler has been an inspiration for many young cinematographers of his time. In 1969, the master of cinematography also directed a politically acclaimed film known as “Medium Cool,” while he worked upon a similar concept in “Latino” in 1885. The adaption of a play which came to be known as “From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks,” is also registered to be one of his memorable directions.
Wexler was not just a commercially successful filmmaker but an inspirational role model for many. His exceptional knowledge about subjects and the art of putting perfection into them differentiated his works from others. He has even shelled out money from his own pocket to promote social cause as he believed that certain things must bring a change in society.
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Haskell Wexler had a successful stint on television too. Wexler’s documentary “The Living City” also bagged Oscar nominations. The award-winning cinematographer has been the first active lenser to be honored with lifetime achievement awards from the American Society of Cinematographers.
Wexler has also been the first one from the industry to be honored in 35 years with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
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