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October 11, 2012 2:16 PM
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'Zodiac,' 'Milk' and 'American Gangster' Cinematographer Harris Savides Has Died at Age 55

Savides on the set of "Milk" with Van Sant.
Cinematographer Harris Savides, who worked with directors David Fincher, Gus Van Sant, Woody Allen and Noah Baumbach, has passed away. The cause of death is not yet known. He was 55 years old.

Though he worked on Fincher’s breakthrough “Se7en,” Savides nabbed his first solo DP gig on the 1996 thriller “Heaven’s Prisoners,” directed by Phil Joanou. He went on to shoot “The Game” and “Zodiac” for Fincher; “Finding Forrester,” “Gerry,” “Elephant,” “Last Days,” “Milk” and “Restless” for Van Sant; “Margot at the Wedding” and “Greenberg” for Baumbach; “The Yards” for James Gray; “American Gangster” for Ridley Scott; “Whatever Works” for Woody Allen; “Somewhere” for Sofia Coppola; and others. He last shot Coppola’s crime drama “The Bling Ring,” which has yet to be released.

He was nominated for five Spirit Awards.

Savides was originally an international fashion photographer who became a force in music videos, filming stand-outs of the form such as Jake Scott’s “Everybody Hurts” video for R.E.M. and Mark Romanek’s videos for “Closer” (Nine Inch Nails), “Scream” (Michael and Janet Jackson) and “Criminal” (Fiona Apple).

A call to Savides’ rep at the Skouras Agency, Spyros Skouras, Thursday afternoon confirmed Savides’ passing.

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4 Comments

  • M3Fille | October 11, 2012 9:03 PMReply

    My heart sank when I saw his name followed by "1957-2012".
    Such a talented man - he will be missed.

  • Rania | October 11, 2012 3:24 PMReply

    This hurts.

    A blog post about 3 cinematographers named Harris from Cyprus:
    http://blogs.indiewire.com/rania/what_there_are_three_cinematographers_named_harris_from_cyprus1

  • Tom | October 11, 2012 2:38 PMReply

    This is incredibly sad to read. His work was consistently inspiring and I only heard great things from those who knew him. My thoughts are with his family and friends.

  • spassky | October 11, 2012 2:25 PMReply

    RIP. One of the greats.