Gordon Willis, ASC (born May 28, 1931) is an American cinematographer, best known for his work on the The Godfather series, and on Woody Allen’s Annie Hall and Manhattan.
Willis was born in Queens, New York, the son of a motion picture makeup artist. He is famed for his penchant at photographing in extremely dark conditions, an approach which earned him the nickname “The Prince of Darkness”, a moniker attributed to him by his friend Conrad Hall. Another trademark is his preference for filming at the magic hour before twilight, when the sun is low and creates a golden glow. Willis created the trope of warm ambers to denote nostalgic glow for the past, for the young Vito sequences of The Godfather Part II; many films since then have copied this cinematic technique when depicting pre-World War II America.
Willis had long failed to earn a single Academy Award nomination for his contributions to films which had received numerous other nominations… read more