Camerimage 2015 Photo Journal

This photo album serves as a journal of my experiences at the 2015 Camerimage International Film Festival, the biggest and best cinematography festival in the world.

Benjamin B

thefilmbook by Benjamin B

Happy Thanksgiving to my American readers!

I am posting the photos below as a journal of my experiences at Camerimage, the biggest and best cinematography festival in the world.


3 Frogs

The winners of the Main Competition get statues of gold, silver and bronze frogs. This year the winners were:

-- Ed Lachman, ASC, for his exquisite work on Carol by Todd Haynes;

-- Sturla Brandth Grøvlen, DFF, for the beautiful rural comedy Rams by Grímur Hákonarson;

-- Mátyás Erdély, HSC, for the powerful Son of Saul, a close-focus drama set in Auschwitz by László Nemes.

Photos above courtesy of the Camerimage Festival


5 Presentations

This year I organized and moderated 5 events at Camerimage, a record for me. Unfortunately this meant that I didn't get to attend many other events.



On Tuesday I organized and moderated a Formats Workshop, sponsored by Panavision, comparing Super 35, anamorphic and larger sensor formats, with cinematographers Markus Förderer; Eduard Grau, AEC; Ellen Kuras, ASC; and comments by Panavision optics maven Dan Sasaki. This was the most complex workshop I’ve ever put together, presenting three cameras and four formats in three hours, emphasizing differences in perspective, bokehs and flares. I then had the pleasure to moderate a wonderfully incisive presentation by Dan Sasaki on anamorphic and large format cinematography.



On Wednesday, I moderated a very lively and practical panel, sponsored by K5600 Lighting and Transvideo, about The Image Crew, with gaffer James Plannette; ASC associate Garrett Brown; and ASC cinematographers Reed Morano and John Seale. The panelists were funny, wise and brutally frank about the realities of production.



On Thursday I moderated an AFC Master Class for my friends at the French society of cinematographers. Three AFC cinematographers – Jean-Marie Dreujou, Claire Mathon and Patrick Duroux – presented scenes or commercials they have shot. An unexpected theme emerged from the very different clips: the approach to shooting dusk and night, with more or less natural light.


Tribute to Conrad Hall panelists and moderator (Credit Iain Marcks)


On Friday, I moderated a Tribute to Conrad Hall, ASC, which I organized with my friend Stephen Pizzello, the publisher and editor-in-chief of American Cinematographer. The tribute featured clips from Conrad’s films with insightful comments by ASC cinematographers Ellen Kuras, John Seale and John Toll, as well as gaffer James Plannette. We also screened brief video tributes by Haskell Wexler, ASC, and Garrett Brown.


3 Interviews

I was fortunate to shoot interviews with three filmmakers during Camerimage. I had a wonderful exchange with Steadicam inventor Garrett Brown about the Steadicam, composition and the shot. I had a discussion with cinematographer Mátyás Erdély about his important work on Son of Saul. Finally, I spoke with editor and sound designer Walter Murch, who described his job as a combination of cook, surgeon and orchestra composer.


Lots of People

Although there are great screenings, workshops and seminars, Camerimage is mostly about people, seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Below are photos of some of the people I encountered; most are taken by me, some are shot and credited to others, including my friends Jean-Noël Ferragut, Iain Marcks and Stephen Pizzello. There are many people missing. You know who you are, and I'll snap you next year!

  • Opera Nova
  • 2 DPs
  • friends
  • Camerimage presenter Justyna and Nigel Walters
  • Peter Suschitzky
  • Michael Laakman, Julien Bernard, Justyna Hrabska
  • Lukasz Zal looks up
  • Richard Crudo, Checco Varese, John Toll- photo Iain Marcks
  • Dan Sasaki explains (photo CW Sonderoptic staff)
  • Edu Grau (photo CW Sonderoptic staff)
  • David Heuring and Steven Poster
  • Heading out
  • Drumming
  • Bydgoszcz by night
  • Banded
  • two-shot
  • Cheek to cheek
  • Kim S
  • Secret agents
  • Rainer Hercher, Gerhard Baier, Tommaso Vergalo
  • tilt down
  • 2 ASC women
  • hands -photo Peter Simonite
  • Cheers Adam Coles
  • Lee Mackey
  • Hugh and Dan
  • John Higgins
  • Yousef Linjawi - noblesse oblige
  • 2 Parisians: Natasza Croscicki and Patrick Leplat
  • Vittorio briefly
  • Nigel Walters, Ed Lachman, Matthew Libatique (photo CW Sonderoptic staff)
  • Richard Crudo (photo CW Sonderoptic staff)
  • Zoe Iltsopoulos Borys and Dan Hammond
  • 3-Panavision-ladies
  • Tribute prep with Steve
  • Garrett SRO
  • Dublin DP
  • deep focus
  • 3 DPs: Simone Susnea, Matthew Libatique, Maja  Zamojda
  • smoke
  • 3 DPs take 2
  • duo
  • Dubliners
  • over-ex
  • under-ex
  • DP Julian Sojkal
  • Garrett Brown
  • Garrett Brown with French students Maxence, Lucie, Alexandra, Manon, Evgenia, André
  • Francois Reumont
  • trio 2
  • quatuor
  • Hugh Whittaker
  • Friends
  • Floral
  • Eyelight
  • Iain Marcks
  • Filip Lyman
  • David Procter
  • Annette Remler
  • trio 3
  • Panasonic party
  • Cynthia Pusheck and Reed Morano
  • Kim White, Walter Murch and Adam Habib
  • Steve Poster
  • Ryszard Horowitz
  • Elegant
  • Kazimir Suwała and Adam Zdunek- Photo JN Ferragut
  • "saved me"
  • Piotr Chlebowski
  • Peter Martin plus one
  • Ula Sniegowska
  • Brda river by night
  • Mural
  • Mozg
  • Meredith Emmanuel
  • Matty handholds Ellen with Reed s help (posted by Matthew Libatique )
  • Ita Zbroniec-Zajt
  • European movie - photo by Stephen Pizzello
  • Way home
  • Vantage party
  • Twosome
  • Trois copains
  • Translucid
  • Bydgoszcz Savoy Club -photo Benjamin B
  • Dancing at Savoy in Bydgoszcz -photo Benjamin B
  • time steps
  • Swan song



Camerimage winners

ASC News: AC, ASC Salute Hall at Camerimage

Camerimage website

Camerimage 2015 pdf schedule

Camerimage 2015 Juries AC, ASC Salute Hall at Camerimage

facebook: Camerimage Behind the Scenes photo album by Sylwester Rozmiarek

web site of the AFC (French society of cinematographers)

thefilmbook: Camerimage 2013 Photo-journal


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