It’s with great sadness that we share that news that distinguished American Cinematographer Michael Chapman ASC passed away on Sunday, September 20th, at his home in Los Angeles. He was 84.
Born in New York City, Chapman began his remarkable career in the motion picture industry as a focus puller and assistant cameraman on commercials. As a camera operator he had several fruitful collaborations with such legendary DoPs as Gordon Willis and Bill Butler, working on classic titles during the ’new Hollywood’ era such as The Godfather, Klute and Jaws. Making the transition to Director of photography, Chapman lensed Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and The Last Waltz for director Martin Scorsese, and also had notable collaborations with directors Hal Ashby, Philip Kaufman, Martin Ritt and Robert Towne.
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