Gordon Willis, who shot a generation’s worth of classic films, has died at the age of 82.
Willis, who was twice nominated for Oscars and finally given an honorary Academy Award in 2010, was the man behind the camera work in all three of Francis Ford Coppola‘s “Godfather” films, and he often worked with Woody Allen, on films such as “Annie Hall,” “Manhattan,” “Zelig,” and “Broadway Danny Rose,” among others.
Willis, known for his atmospheric shots and shadow play, also shot “All the President’s Men,” “The Paralax View” and “Bright Lights, Big City.” His lone effort as a director was 1980s “Windows.”
The news of the “Godfather” and “Annie Hall” cinematographer’s death circulated around Hollywood on Sunday night, as fans and industry members took to Twitter to share their favorite memories and shots from his body of work. They had a lot to choose from, as Willis was one of the dominant directors of photography in the 1970s and 80s.
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