Newswire: R.I.P. cinematographer Haskell Wexler
As confirmed by a post written by his son on his official website, legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler has died. He was 93 and reportedly “died peacefully in his sleep.”
Wexler was born in Chicago in 1922, and after attending the University Of California, Berkley for a year, he joined the Merchant Marines in World War II. During the war, his ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat and he was forced to survive in a lifeboat for two weeks—an event that Chaz Ebert says Wexler’s wife attributed his “lifelong fight for justice and world peace” to. After the war, Wexler got into filmmaking and started working on a lot of low-budget short films and documentaries, including the Academy Award-nominated Living City.
He eventually made his way to Hollywood and won the final Best Cinematography Academy Award for a black-and-white film for his work on Micke Nichols’ Who’s …