Joseph Walker (cinematographer)

Joseph Walker ( born August 22, 1892 in Denver, Colorado; † August 1, 1985 in Las Vegas, Nevada) was an American cinematographer.


Walker worked from 1910 in Hollywood, first as an apprentice and camera assistant. During World War II he worked for the Red Cross as a cameraman for documentaries. In 1919 he got his first job as chief in the film Back to God's Country. In the following years he worked as a freelancer for various film studios before it was committed in 1927 by the production company Columbia Pictures. To be particularly durable and successfully proved the collaboration with Frank Capra, for whom he worked as a cameraman for 18 films.

Besides his work as a cinematographer Walker was in the years 1944 and 1945, Vice President of the American Society of Cinematographers and also appeared as the inventor photo of technical devices in appearance. After the movie Affair in Trinidad, he ended his career as a cinematographer, which lasted more than 30 years and in which he had appeared in over 140 films. Walker has been nominated at this time four times for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography. In 1981, he received first the Gordon E. Sawyer Award for his technological innovations in the film industry.

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