Visions of Light  

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Visions of Light is an American and Japanese documentary released in 1992 and directed by Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy, and Stuart Samuels. The film is also known as Visions of Light: the Art of Cinematography.

The doc reveals the art of cinematography released since the conception of cinema at the turn of the 20th century.

Many filmmakers and cinematographers present their point-of-view and discuss why the art of cinematography is important within the craft of filmmaking.



The film is the equivalent of a walk through a cinema museum. The doc interviews many modern-day directors of photography and they illustrate via examples their best work and the scenes from films that influenced them to pursue their art.

Many known cinematographers are interviewed: Nestor Almendros, John Bailey, Conrad Hall, Michael Chapman, Laszlo Kovacs, Sven Nykvist, Vittorio Storaro, Haskell Wexler, Gordon Willis, Vilmos Zsigmond, and others.

They discuss their craft and pay homage to the cinema pioneers like Gregg Toland, Billy Bitzer, and John Alton. The practitioners also explain the origins behind many of their most indelible images in movie history.


The following films explain the craft:




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