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Born: April 14, 1927 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Newark, New Jersey, USA Profession: Cinematography ...
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Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey
1944:
Served in the US military during WWII
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Worked as a TV engineer at Channel 13 in Newark, NJ, operating a sound boom and working as a sound mixer, floor manager and technical director in the late 1940s and early 1950s
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Briefly worked in partnership with a cousin, operating a hat manufacturing factory in Florida
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Returned to Newark and work in TV production
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Spent his own money for a two-week course in Ampex videotape systems when his employer wouldn't pay for the class
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Employed by EUE, a commercial production company, as technical supervisor
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Served as vice president of engineering at General Television Network, NYC
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Operated his own video production company in Manhattan, VJK Productions
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Apprenticed with Arthur J Ornitz, working as assistant cameraman and later camera operator
1964:
First credit as camera operator, "A Midsummer Night's Dream", shot by Ornitz
1967:
Operated the camera for Michael Nebbia on "Alice's Restaurant"
1969:
Hired to replace Aldo Tonti as cinematographer for John Cassavetes' "Husbands" (film released in 1970)
1972:
First Hollywood picture "The Last of the Red Hot Lovers"
1972:
Won praise for his work on "The Candidate"
1975:
Served as director of photography for Sidney Lumet's "Dog Day Afternoon"
1977:
Shot the hockey comedy-drama "Slapshot"
1977:
TV-movie debut as director of photography, "The Prince of Central Park" (CBS)
1979:
Was cinematographer for "The Jerk"
1981:
Provided the memorable look to "The Four Seasons"
1985:
Collaborated with Tim Burton on "Pee-wee's Big Adventure"
1986:
Shot the acclaimed TV-movie "The Atlanta Child Murders" (CBS)
1987:
Garnered an Emmy nomination for his work on the TV-movie "
1990:
Was director of photography on "Crazy People"
1992:
Appeared as one of the interviewees in the documentary "Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography"
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Served as president of the American Society of Cinematographers
1996:
Served as cinematographer for "Jingle All the Way"

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