Gregg Toland

American cinematographer (1904–1948)

Gregg Toland (May 29, 1904 – September 26, 1948) American cinematographer, noted for his innovative use of lighting and techniques such as deep focus in films such as Wuthering Heights, The Long Voyage Home and Citizen Kane.

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  • Of all the people who make up a movie production unit, the cameraman is the only one who can call himself a free soul.
  • The star system has us making pictures with personalities rather than stories, sacrificing everything in order to keep some old bags playing young women.
    • From an essay Toland wrote for International Photographer arguing that cinematographers needed to be uncompromising.
      • Hilton Als (2006). "The Cameraman". The New Yorker (June 19): 46–51

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