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Laszlo Kovacs

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Born: May 14, 1932 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Budapest, Hungary Profession: Cinematography ...


"The cinematographer has to get inside the director's mind and translate his vision into images. It's a logical process. The language of cinematography is light. You start with perfect black and turn one light on. Then you add more lights until you see shades, forms, tones, textures, saturation, and the proper separation between the foreground and background. We all use the same film stocks and lenses. Yet we express ourselves differently. It's not different styles of shooting. It's different ways of looking at things based on individual experiences and tastes. That's what makes cinematography a magical and powerful art form, which allows us to touch vast numbers of people in every part of the world." --Laszlo Kovacs quoted in an Eastman Kodak Motion Picture Film advertisement

"The one thing that remains constant in his work is the organic matching of a visual look and style to each specific film. . . . His slight European accent gives him an air of artistic authority and indeed he has a different way of 'seeing' than a native American. His mind does not work on an assemblyline basis but on a loving, handicrafted level." --From "Masters of Light: Conversations With Contemporary Cinematographers" by Dennis Schaefer and Larry Salvato (Berkely: University of California Press, 1984)

Kovacs is one of the interview subjects in the 1993 AFI documentary on the art of cinematography, "Visions of Light".

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