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Also Known As: Died:
Born: February 24, 1945 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Denmark Profession: director of photography, director, gyroscope operator, teacher at a Danish film school, visual effects photographer, underwater lighting supervisor, camera assistant

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Leading Danish cinematographer who by the age of 40 had some 50 credits under his belt, mainly in Scandinavian films. Salomon quickly built a reputation in Hollywood as an adept director of photography on epics, difficult shoots, and special effects extravaganzas. These successes soon led to directing assignments in TV and features. Salomon's credits in Denmark and Europe include Henning Carlsen's biopic of Gaugin, "Wolf at the Door" (1987), "The Flying Devils" (1985), and "The Baron" (1979). In Hollywood, he has worked on "Zelly and Me" (1988), "Torch Song Trilogy" (1988), James Cameron's underwater spectacle, "The Abyss" (1989), which earned him an Oscar nomination, Ron Howard's "Backdraft" (1991), for which he was Oscar-nominated for visual effects, and Howard's "Far and Away", his first film shot in 65mm.

Leading Danish cinematographer who by the age of 40 had some 50 credits under his belt, mainly in Scandinavian films. Salomon quickly built a reputation in Hollywood as an adept director of photography on epics, difficult shoots, and special effects extravaganzas. These successes soon led to directing assignments in TV and features. Salomon's credits in Denmark and Europe include Henning Carlsen's biopic of Gaugin, "Wolf at the Door" (1987), "The Flying Devils" (1985), and "The Baron" (1979). In Hollywood, he has worked on "Zelly and Me" (1988), "Torch Song Trilogy" (1988), James Cameron's underwater spectacle, "The Abyss" (1989), which earned him an Oscar nomination, Ron Howard's "Backdraft" (1991), for which he was Oscar-nominated for visual effects, and Howard's "Far and Away", his first film shot in 65mm.

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  Big Driver (2014)
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  Freezer (2014)
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  Hard Rain (1998) Director
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  Congo (1995) Director (Aerial Unit)

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Hired at age 17 by a Danish documentary company to handle camerawork for a low-budget film
1967:
First film as director of photography, "Dreamers" (Denmark)
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Shot first feature at age 20
1971:
First US film as director of photography "Welcome to the Club"
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Returned to Denmark; directed TV commercials
1987:
Moved back to USA to photograph a HBO TV-movie, "The Man Who Broke 1,000 Chains"
1987:
Moved to Los Angeles
1989:
Breakthrough American film, James Cameron's "The Abyss"
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Shot two films for director Ron Howard, the urban-set "Backdraft" (1991) and the romantic epic "Far and Away" (1992)
1993:
American TV directing debut, the sci-fi series "Space Rangers" (CBS)
1993:
Feature directing debut, "A Far Off Place"
1995:
Worked as director of the aerial unit on "Anaconda"
2000:
Helmed the pilot for the CBS drama series "The Fugitive"
2001:
Directed the CBS fall drama "The Agency"
2003:
Helmed the A&E telefilm "Benedict Arnold: A Question of Honor"
2004:
Directed the TNT miniseries, "Stephen King's Salem's Lot"
2006:
Helmed two segments of "Nightmares and Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King" (TNT)
2007:
Directed the TNT miniseries "The Company"; earned a DGA nomination for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Movies for Television
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