Gordon Willis had dreamed of becoming a fashion photographer. It was only after stumbling upon gofer work at a movie studio, that his interest in cinematography developed, turning him into one of Hollywoods most influential cinematographers.
He showed creativity and flexibility in his work: a moody dark side with Francis Ford Coppola on all the Godfather movies or translating Woody Allen’s quirky tones on Annie Hall and Manhattan amongst others.
After decades shooting films and expanding his craft and a love / hate relationship with Hollywood, he retired saying “I got tired of trying to get actors out of trailers, and standing in the rain”.
He died aged 82.