Cinematographers are accustomed to viewing the world through the lens of a motion picture camera, but many are also accomplished photographers.
"The 'Decisive Moment' Revisited," a photographic exhibition at the Motion Picture Academy's Grand Lobby Gallery in Beverly Hills, will showcase the stills and skills of 79 cinematographers including Oscar winners Janusz Kaminski (Saving Private Ryan, Schindler's List), Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now, The Last Emperor, Reds), John Toll (Legends of the Fall, Braveheart) and the late Conrad Hall (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, American Beauty, Road to Perdition).
"As cinematographers, our creative process allows us to produce an indelible record of who we are and how we see the world," explained Richard Crudo, A.S.C. president.
"These images are indelible reflections of the souls of artists," said Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Owen Roizman, a member of the Academy's Board of Governors and vice president of the American Society of Cinematographers.
"To me, photography is an interpretive art form," said Roizman. "You have to discover or create the right light, choose the camera angle and perspective, and compose an image which reflects your feelings at that time and place."
Whether in color or black and white, digital or film, large format or small print, each of the photographs on display provides a unique window into the personal aesthetic of these artists of light.
"The 'Decisive Moment' Revisited: Fine Art Photography by the Cinematographers of the A.S.C.," will open Friday, September 9, and be on display through Sunday, December 11.