Began working as a projectionist while in school
Dropped out of school at age 16; found work as unpaid assistant/apprentice at Wembley Studios; first films "Born Lucky" and "After Dark"
When Wembley closed, moved to BIP Studios as clapper boy
Returned to Wembley when it reopened; became camera assistant
First features as camera assitant/operator include "Smith's Wives", "Old Roses" and "Blue Smoke"
Worked at BIP and Pinewood Studios as an assistant cameraman and later cameraman
Served in Royal Air Force during WWII
Signed to three-year contract as camera operator with Independent Producers, based at Pinewood Studios
Shot first feature, "Golden Salamander", directed by Ronald Neame
First collaboration with director John Huston, "Moulin Rouge"
Hired by producer David O Selznick to oversee close-up photography on "Indiscretion of an American Wife/Stazione termini", starring Selznick's wfe Jennifer Jones
First collaboration with Carol Reed "The Key"
Served as cinematographer for two Tony Richardson films, "Look Back in Anger" and "The Entertainer"
Shot Sidney Lumet's "The Hill"
First musical feature "Stop the World-I Want to Get Off"
Worked as lecturer at the London Film School in the 1970s
Won Oscar for Cinematography for "Fiddler on the Roof"
Sole television credit, photography on "Dracula", directed by Dan Curtis
Final film with John Huston, "The Man Who Would Be King"
Last film with Sidney Lumet "Just Tell Me What You Want"
Final films as cinematographer "The Great Muppet Caper" and "The Dark Crystal", directed by Jim Henson