‘Milk’ Cinematographer Harris Savides Dies at 55

'Milk' Cinematographer Harris Savides Dies at 55

Prolific cinematographer Harris Savides worked with Gus Van Zant, Ridley Scott and Sofia Coppola and did music videos for Madonna and R.E.M. He died Thursday at 55

Prolific cinematographer Harris Savides, who worked with some of Hollywood top directors, died Thursday. He was 55.

The Skouras Agency confirmed his death, but offered no further details.

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Savides shot six films with Gus Van Sant (pictured above, with Savides and Casey Affleck), including "Elephant" and "Milk," for which Sean Penn received a Best Actor Oscar.

He also worked with David Fincher ("Zodiac," "The Game"), Ridley Scott ("American Gangster") and Noah Baumbach ("Greenberg," "Margot at the Wedding").

Savides was also director of photography on Sofia Coppola's upcoming "The Bling Ring," his final film, and shot her 2010 film  "Somewhere."

Born in New York, he earned a degree in film and still photography from that city's School of Visual Arts and began his career as a fashion photographer. He did music videos for Madonna, R.E.M. and Chris Isaak, among others. He won MTV Awards in 1994 for R.E.M.'s "Everybody Hurts" and in 1995 for Madonna's "Rain."

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