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  • Historically Inaccurate

    • Roy H. Wagner ASC
    • 2016-07-04

    Gregg Toland deserves incredible recognition for his work and yet in reading this bio from, what should be considered a reliable source, it fails to recognize the strong influences that made him who he was. He did not invent deep focus photography. It had been used off an on since the early days of silent films. It was often rejected because of the enormous cost and discomfort to talent. Mr. Toland owes a great deal to his mentor, George Barnes ASC, who was Goldwyn's favored cameraman. Mr. Toland was very political whereas Mr. Barnes was more of an advocate. Mr. Toland stepped way ahead oh his class by taking Mr. Barnes job. This certainly is not the first occasion that this has happened. Ido not wish to deny Mr. Toland"s talent although many of his innovations to equipment including BNC #2 were developed by others. He certainly deserved his place as a cinematographer but it should not be forgotten that there were many innovators during that time who deserves as much if not more recognition for their art and innovation.

  • always remembered

    • michael york
    • 2007-03-14

    simply the best and the most influential his sudden death left us with a big what if? who knows how far he could have gone

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