Shooting Chevalier, A-camera/Steadicam operator Geoffrey Haley lends kinetic camera energy to a swordfight.
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May Issue of AC Hits High Notes

Behind the scenes with the period drama Chevalier, profiles on our 2023 ASC Awards Honorees, and much more.

David E. Williams

The digital edition of our May 2023 issue of American Cinematographer is now live and print edition subscribers will soon have their copies. Here’s what is covered this month:


In his monthly column, ASC President Stephen Lighthill reflects on a memorable and historic ASC Awards celebration.


Jess Hall, ASC, BSC breaks down his strategy for photographing Stephen Williams’ 18th-century drama Chevalier, including why he sought out experimental lenses from Panavision.


On Our Cover: Brilliant musician Joseph Bologne (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) overcomes hardship and prejudice as he rises to the highest levels of French society in Chevalier, shot by Jess Hall, ASC, BSC. (Image courtesy of Searchlight Pictures.)

A photo spread commemorates the 37th Annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography, which marked a return to a ballroom celebration — and a historic moment for the Society.


ASC Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Stephen Goldblatt, ASC, BSC discusses how early success in still photography shaped his cinematography career.

Stephen Goldblatt, ASC, BSC

ASC International Award recipient Darius Khondji, ASC, AFC reflects on his close collaborations with directors and why “finding the rhythm” of each project is so important.


ASC Career Achievement in Television Award recipient Fred Murphy, ASC recalls the path that led him from celebrated feature films to award-winning television.


ASC Presidents Award recipient Charlie Lieberman, ASC illuminates his role as one of Society’s most dedicated and active members.


Shot Craft: Optical designer and ASC associate member Iain A. Neil receives the Gordon E. Sawyer Award, the Academy’s highest technical honor.


Clubhouse News: The latest bulletins from the Society feature a luncheon celebrating Mandy Walker, ASC, ACS and her historic ASC Award; Academy Award winner James Friend, ASC, BSC; an ASC Education & Outreach event for Loyola Marymount University; ASC panels at Cine Gear Expo NY; new Society members Patrick Capone and Mihai Malaimare Jr.; and the 5th Annual Kodak Film Awards.


Wrap Shot: A look back at filming Amadeus, shot by Miroslav Ondricek, ASC, ACK.


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