Harris Savides, a prolific cinematographer who was a frequent collaborator of Gus Van Sant and lensed movies for the likes of David Fincher, Noah Baumbach, Woody Allen and Sofia Coppola, died today. He was 55. Savides, a native New Yorker, started his camera career shooting fashion in Milan and Paris, work that eventually got him noticed by commercial and music video directors. (He did music videos for Madonna and R.E.M. among others.) One of his first feature films was Fincher’s The Game (1997); the two would collaborate again on 2007’s Zodiac. That same year, he lensed Noah Baumbach’s Margot At The Wedding. Savides was nominated for five Indie Spirit Awards — for Van Sant’s Gerry (2003), Elephant (2004), Last Days (2005) and the Oscar-nominated Milk (2009) as well as Baumbach’s Greenberg (2011). He did six features with Van Sant, the most recent Restless last year starring Mia Wasikowska and Henry Hopper. In addition to DP credits on James Gray’s The Yards and Ridley Scott’s American Gangster, Savides worked with Coppola on 2010’s Somewhere, which won the Golden Lion at Venice, and the two paired again on Savides’ latest job, The Bling Ring, which will be released next year.
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