Pierre Lhomme, AFC: 1930 - 2019

The French cinematographer's exceptional works include La chair de l’orchidée, Judith Therpauve, Camille Claudel and Cyrano de Bergerac.

ASC Staff

The ASC was sorry to hear of the recent death of influential French cinematographer Pierre Lhomme, AFC on July 4, 2019.

Born on April 5, 1930, in Boulogne-Billancourt, he studied at the École Nationale Supérieure Louis Lumière. 

He later gained experience behind the camera working as an assistant and operator for cinematographers including Ghislain Cloquet, Sacha Vierny and Henri Alekan. 

Lhomme’s first credit as a cinematographer was Saint-Tropez Blues (1960).

As reported by IMAGO:

It is with great sadness that we learned that Pierre Lhomme, AFC passed away last week at the age of 89.

He was one the most important French cinematographers. He brought his talent with many famous French directors including Robert Bresson, Alain Cavalier, Jean Pierre Melville, James Ivory, Jean Eustache and Eric Rohmer. He was also a close collaborator of Chris Marker with whom he co- directed the documentary film Joli Maien in 1962.

Nominated five times for the Cesar of the Best Photography between 1976 and 1984 for the following films: La chair de l’orchidée and Judith Therpauve from Patrice Chéreau, Le Sauvage directed by Rappeneau, Dites lui que je l’aime and the beautiful Mortelle Randonnée films by Claude Miller. He finally got the precious statuette for Camille Claudel, directed by another famous French cinematographer, Bruno Nuytten, in 1989, and Cyrano de Bergerac from Jean Paul Rappeneau in 1991.

He was the first and then honorary president of the AFC, the French Society of Cinematographers

For his family and many friends in the AFC, IMAGO would like to show his support and friendship.

Lhomme was the first honorary member of AFC and he received Lifetime Achievement Awards in Camerimage 2008 and in Manaki Brothers Film Festival in 2017.

You can read more here.

Lhomme setting a shot on Isabelle Huppert while filming Les palmes de M. Schutz (1997)

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