Cinematographer. Nationality: Portuguese. Born: Acácio Augusto de Almeida in Souto, 29 June 1938. Education: Studied cinematography at the Centro Universitário de Lisboa, 1963–65. Career: Assistant to cinematographers Jean Rabier and others; 1967—first film as cinematographer, Sete Balas para Selma ; 1969—co-founder, the cooperative Centro Português de Cinema; 1980s—associated as cameraman on several films by Raúl Ruiz; also associated with the producer Paulo Branco.
The most notable aspects of the photography of Acácio de Almeida are his intuitions and his craftsmanship. Because of the noncommercial nature of the directors he has worked with (Manoel de Oliveira, Raúl Ruiz, Alain Tanner, António Reis, and César Monteiro, among others), de Almeida’s work is determined by aesthetic imperatives. In almost all his films, for example, de Almeida functions as both director of photography and camera operator, paying equal attention to lighting and framing each shot. The phrase “cinematographic… read more