From interview [2012]

"Far from Heaven" [2001]

                

 EDWARD LACHMAN   ASC

Born: 31 March 1948, Morristown, New Jersey, USA.

Education: Harvard University [BA, 1965]; University of Tours [French], France; Ohio University, Athens, Ohio [BFA Painting, 1969].

Career: Got his break into films from dir Werner Herzog.

Ph commercials dir by Paul Meijer [for 'Mazda Xedos', 'Coebergh' & 'Sony'], Wim Ubachs [for 'Rabobank'], Hans Jonkers [for 'Nuts' (cph)], Michael Haussman [for 'Levi's'], Traktor [for 'Diesel'], Wim Wenders [for 'Ariston'], Dante Ariola, a.o.

Also active as director of doc's, tv-specials and music videos [a: Tina Turner, Elvis Costello, a.o.]. Made a photo novel [roman-photo], 'Chausses trappes' [1981; with Elieba Levine].

Member of the ASC since 1994.

Awards: Independent Spirit Award nom [1987] for 'True Stories'; Independent Spirit Award nom [1993] for 'Light Sleeper'; Hawaii FF Cinematography Award [1994]; Las Vegas Film Critics 'Sierra Award' nom [2000] for 'The Virgin Suicides'; Venice FF 'Outstanding Individual Contribution' [2002], LAFCA Award [2002], NYFCC Award [2002], BSFC Award [2002], Camerimage 'Silver Frog' [2002], 'Oscar' AA nom [2002], ASC Award nom [2002], CFCA Award [2003] & Independent Spirit Award [2003] for 'Far from Heaven'; Plus Camerimage 'Bronze Frog' Award [2007] for 'I'm Not There'; Plus Camerimage 'Cinematographer-Director Duo Award' [2011; with dir Todd Haynes]; ASC TV Award nom [2011] for 'Mildred Pierce'.



 FEATURE FILMS

1972

The Lords of Flatbush [Stephen F. Verona & Martin Davidson] c; cph: Joseph Mangine

1976

Scalpel/False Face [John Grissmer] c

1976

Stroszek [Werner Herzog] c; 2uc (+ asst dir); ph: Thomas Mauch

1978

King of the Gypsies [Frank Pierson] c; collab ph; ph: Sven Nykvist

1978

Last Embrace [Jonathan Demme] c; co-addph; ph: Tak Fujimoto

1979

Union City [Mark Reichert] c

1981

She Dances Alone [Robert Dornhelm] c; addph; ph: Karl Kofler

1981

Al houroub al saghira/Les petites guerres/Little Wars [Maroun Baghdadi] c; cph: Heinz Hölscher

1984

Body Rock [Marcelo Epstein] c; co-addph New York; ph: Robby Müller

1984

Insignificance [Nicolas Roeg] c; addph New York; ph: Peter Hannan

"Desperately Seeking Susan"

1984

Desperately Seeking Susan [Susan Seidelman] c; addph: Francis Kenny

1985

Heart of the Garden [Lavinia M. Currier] c; 64m; cph: Arthur Ornitz

1985

True Stories [David Byrne] c; 2uc: Tom Sigel, George Tirl, Philip Pfeiffer, Don Reddy, a.o.

1986

Making Mr. Right [Susan Seidelman] c; addph: Francis Kenny

1986

El día que me quieras/The Day You Love Me [Sergio Dow] c

1987

Less Than Zero [Marek Kanievska] c

1990

Let the Music Dance [Pim de la Parra] b&w; cph: Tom Erisman

1990

Mississippi Masala [Mira Nair] c

1991

London Kills Me [Hanif Kureishi] c

1991

Light Sleeper [Paul Schrader] c

1991

My New Gun [Stacy Cochran] c

1993

Dark Blood [George Sluizer] c; unfinished (after actor River Phoenix died on 31 October 1993 with only 11 days of shooting left); thanks to some clever re-editing and the use of Joaquin Phoenix's voice as a next-best-thing substitute, the film will at last screen for an audience on 27 September 2012, when it premieres at the Netherlands Film Festival, Utrecht

1994

My Family/Mi familia/Cafe con leche/East L.A. [Gregory Nava] c; river ph: Carroll Ballard; 2uc: Judy Irola

1996

Touch [Paul Schrader] c

1996

Selena [Gregory Nava] s35+s8-to-35mm scope/c; 2uc: James Glennon, Kirk Gardner, Phil Pfeiffer & James L. Carter

1997

Why Do Fools Fall in Love [Gregory Nava] c; addph: Francis Kenny

1998

Dark Horse [Tommy Lee Wallace] announced; status unknown

1998

The Virgin Suicides [Sofia Coppola] c; 2uc (Toronto): Paul van der Linden

1998

The Limey [Steven Soderbergh] c

1999

Erin Brockovich [Steven Soderbergh] c

1999

Dr. T & the Women [Robert Altman] p/c; desert unit ph; ph: Jan Kiesser

2000

Road Kill [Yûichi Hibi] announced; in 2006 announced with ph Robert Reed Altman; status unknown

2000

Sweet November [Pat O'Connor] c; splinter unit ph: James L. Carter

2000

S1m0ne/Simone [Andrew Niccol] p/c; addph: Derek Glover

2001

Far from Heaven [Todd Haynes] c

2002

Ken Park [Larry Clark & Edward Lachman] c; cph: Larry Clark; digital efx: Reinier van Brummelen

2002

Bad Santa/Badder Santa [Terry Zwigoff] announced as doph, but replaced by Jamie Anderson

2004

Stryker [Noam Gonick] c

2004

Rumor Has It... [Ted Griffin (replaced by Rob Reiner)] replaced 10 days into prod by ph Peter Deming

2005

Import/Export [Ulrich Seidl] s16-35bu/c; cph: Wolfgang Thaler; filmed February & October

With dir Robert Altman

2005

A Prairie Home Companion [Robert Altman] HD (Sony F900)-to-35mm scope/c

2005

The Music of Regret [Laurie Simmons] 35mm-to-HD/c; exp mus short + anim/40m

2006

Hounddog [Deborah Kampmeier] c; left prod after 2 weeks; cph: Jim Denault (replaced E. Lachman) & Stephen Thompson (finished prod) (+ addph/gaffer)

2006

I'm Not There [Todd Haynes] s16+s35-to-s35/c; uwph: Geoffroy Beauchemin

2008

The Future/Satisfaction [Miranda July] scheduled to start filming in July, but film was ph by Nikolai von Graevenitz in early 2010

"Life During Wartime"

2008

Life During Wartime [Todd Solondz] RED-to-35mm/c

2009

Collapse [Chris Smith] dv/c; doc/82m; cph: Max Malkin & C. Smith; add cam: Patrick Haley & Joe Picciolo

2009

Howl [Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman] 35mm (+ D-Cinema)/b&w-c; anim + live action

2010

Paradies: Liebe/Paradise: Love [Ulrich Seidl] s16-35bu (+ D-Cinema)/c; cph: Wolfgang Thaler


 SHORTS & DOCUMENTARIES

1972

Christo's Valley Curtain [Ellen Giffard, Albert & David Maysles] c; doc/28m; co-addph (with Roger Brown & Bill Trautvetter); ph: Albert & David Maysles

1973

Die große Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner/The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner [Werner Herzog] b&w-c; doc/45m; cph: Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein

1975

How Much Wood Would a Woodchuck Chuck... [-Beobachtungen zu einer neuen Sprache] [Werner Herzog] 16mm/c; doc/45m; 3uc; ph: Thomas Mauch

1978

Wings of Ash: A Dramatization of the Life of Antonin Artaud [Marcus Reichert] 16mm/c; pilot for feature film/10m

1979

Lightning Over Water/Nick's Movie [Nicholas Ray & Wim Wenders] c; doc/91m; cph: Martin Schäfer & Tom Farrell; + small part

1980

Letzte Reise nach Harrisburg/The Last Trip to Harrisburg/The Blue Train [Udo Kier, Bernd Brummbär & Ed Lachman] 16mm/b&w; short/11m; released 1984

1980

Memories of the Duke [Gary Keys] 16mm/b&w-c; mus doc/81m; ph interview seq; concert footage shot in September 1968 in Mexico by ph ?; expanded version of 'The Mexican Suite' (1972)

1982

Say Amen, Somebody - The Good News Musical [George T. Nierenberg] 16mm/c; doc/100m; cph: Don Lenzer

1982

Split Cherry Tree [Andrei Konchalovsky] 16mm/c; short/25m; prod Learning Corporation of America; for HBO-tv

1982

Report from Hollywood [Edward Lachman] c; doc/59m; cph: Mitch Dubin; + prod

1982

In Our Hands [Robert Richter & Stanley Warnow] 16mm/c; doc/90m; cph: Steven Fierberg, Oliver Wood, Thomas Sigel, Richard Leacock, Phil Parmet, Don Lenzer, a.o.

1982

Spaces: The Architecture of Paul Rudolph [Bob Eisenhardt] 16mm/c; doc/29m; cph: John Corso, Don Lenzer & Mark Obenhaus

1983

Portfolio/The Look [Robert Guralnick] c; doc/83m; cph: Jimmy Glassberg

1983

Tôkyô-ga/A Tokyo Story [Wim Wenders] 16mm/b&w-c; doc/92m

1984

Docu Drama/I Played It for You [Ronee Blakley] 16mm/c; doc/70m; addph: Wim Wenders

1984

Ornette - Made in America [A Musical Journey] [Shirley Clarke] c; doc/85m; addph: Baird Bryant, Hilary Harris, John Heller & Robert Elfstrom

1985

Stripper [Jerome Gary] c; doc/90m; addph: Haskell Wexler & David Myers

1985

Mother Teresa [Ann & Jeanette Petrie] 16mm-35bu/b&w-c; doc/83m; cph: Sandi Sissel; addph: Mitch Dubin, Peter Sturken, Claudio Tondi, a.o.; film took 5 years to make

1985

RABL [Patrice M. Regnier] b&w-c; exp short (anim + dance)/8m; RABL stands for Regnier/Allen/Burwell/Lachman

1986

Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll [Taylor Hackford] 35mm+s16-to-35mm/c; doc + interviews + concert film/121m; concert 2uc (+ co-c.op doc); ph: Oliver Stapleton

1987

Karajan in Salzburg/Von Karajan's Salzburg [Deborah Dickson, Peter Gelb & Susan Froemke] c; doc/90m; addph: Martin Schaer, Don Lenzer & Toni Peschke; also ep PBS-tv series 'Great Performances'

1989

Common Threads: Stories from the Quilt [Robert Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman] c; doc/75m; co-addph; ph: Dyanna Taylor & Jean de Segonzac

1989

The Local Stigmatic [David Wheeler] 16mm/c; short/54m; 2uc: Robert Leacock

1989

Fine Young Cannibals [- The Concert] [- Live at the Paramount] [Peter Care] c; concert film/60m; filmed October (Seattle)

1990

Soldiers of Music: Rostropovich Returns to Russia [Bob Eisenhardt, Susan Froemke, Peter Gelb & Albert Maysles] c; doc/88m; cph: Wolfgang Becker, Albert Maysles & Martin Schaer

1990

Red Hot + Blue [seg #18 (4m) 'Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye' dir by Ed Lachman; a: Annie Lennox] b&w-c/V; mus comp/111m; other ph: Tom Sigel, Jacek Laskus, Declan Quinn, a.o.; this film (18 music videos + art breaks) accompanied the comp album (20 tracks) from the Red Hot Organization (an AIDS Benefit project); also an ABC-tv special

1992

Let's Ask the Experts [Michael Moore] 16mm/c; ?/3m

1993

Theremin - An Electronic Odyssey [Steven M. Martin] b&w-c; doc/83m; ph Clara Rockmore concert; doph: Frank De Marco (principal), Chris (as Cris) Lombardi (Los Angeles) & Robert Stone (Moscow)

1999

Gott und die Beladenen/2000 Jahre Christentum - Neue Welten/The Lord and the Laden [Werner Herzog] v/c; doc/43m; 2uc; ph: Jorge Vignati

2003

Carmen Electra's Aerobic Striptease [Edward Lachman] HD/c/V; workout video/55m; c.op: Jim Carter ('a' cam) & Francis Kenny ('b' cam); volume #1 of 'Aerobic Striptease'-series

2004

Street Stories/Cell Stories [Edward Lachman] series of 7 exp shorts (51s to 2m06s): 'Wrong Number', 'Fiona', 'OTB', 'Taxi', 'Dog', 'Bear' & 'Artist'; ph with the Motorola V710 camera phone for the Motorola website

2010

In the Hearts of Africa [Ed Lachman] b&w-c; doc/36m37s; cph: Mark Gyori; follow-up to 'Life for a Child'; prod by Eli Lilly and Company to support the International Diabetes Federation


 TELEVISION

1976

La Soufrière [- Warten auf eine unausweichliche Katastrophe] [Werner Herzog] doc/31m/16mm; cph: Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein

1980

Huies Sermon/Huie's Predigt [Werner Herzog] doc/43m/16mm; 2uc; ph: Thomas Mauch

1984

The Little Sister/The Tender Age/Forbidden [Jan Egleson] tvm; ep PBS-tv series 'American Playhouse'

1986

A Gathering of Old Men/Murder on the Bayou/Ein Aufstand alter Männer [Volker Schlöndorff] tvm

1988

That Rhythm... Those Blues [George T. Nierenberg] mus doc/b&w-c/58m/16mm; cph: Francis Kenny, Sandi Sissel, Gary Steele, Don Lenzer & Mitch Dubin; ep PBS-tv series 'American Experience'

1988

Backtrack/Catchfire/Do It the Hard Way [Alan Smithee (= Dennis Hopper)] tvm (USA) & theatres (Europe); aph: Fred M. Waugh

"Get Your Kicks on Route 66"

1989

Imagining America [seg 'Get Your Kicks on Route 66' dir by Ed Lachman] tvm/60m/4 seg; other ph: Kent Wakeford ('This Ain't Bebop' dir by Ralph Bakshi), Matt Mahurin ('Tribe') & Robert Rudis ('Reflections of a Native Son' dir by Mustapha Khan); ep PBS-tv series 'American Playhouse'

1989

Songs for 'Drella by Lou Reed and John Cale [Ed Lachman] concert film/55m; c.op: Sandy Sissel, Paul Cameron, Francis Kenny, Craig Nelson & Igor Sunara; for PBS-tv

1990

An American Story [Terry Bedford] tvm/60m; addph: Chuck Lofthouse, Mark Trottenberg & Bob Baldwin

1991

Abbado in Berlin: The First Year [Brian Large (concert), Bob Eisenhardt, Peter Gelb & Susan Frömke] mus doc + concert film/120m; cph: Don Lenzer, Dyanna Taylor, Martin Kukula, Daniel Vogel, a.o.; ep PBS-tv series 'Great Performances'

1991

Toonces, the Cat Who Could Drive a Car/Toonces and Friends [John Fortenberry] pilot/30m

1992

Tribeca [ep #1 'The Box' dir by Michael Dinner] 7-part series, 1993; other ph: Ron Fortunato, Stephen McNutt & Rufus Standefer

1992

Pets or Meat: The Return to Flint [Michael Moore] doc/23m; ep PBS-tv series 'P.O.V.'

1992

Rock the Vote [various] variety special/60m; cph: Andrzej Bartkowiak, Robert Leacock, Geoff Schaaf, a.o.; for Fox-tv

1993

Horse Opera [Bob Baldwin] tvm

1993

A Day in the Life of Country Music [exec prod: Ken Kragen] mus special/120m; Fairfax ph; other ph: Daniel Pearl (Dallas), David Connell (Fort Worth), Anghel Decca (Nashville), a.o.; shot on one day (7 May); for CBS-tv

2010

Mildred Pierce [Todd Haynes] 5-part miniseries/s16-to-HD; 2uc: Charles Libin


 FILMS & TELEVISION AS CAMERA ASSISTANT/OPERATOR

1969

Woodstock/Woodstock - 3 Days of Peace & Music [Michael Wadleigh; doc + mus perf] c.asst; ph: David Myers, a.o.

1976

Der amerikanische Freund/The American Friend [Wim Wenders] co-c.asst (+ still ph New York); ph: Robby Müller

1978

Hurricane [Jan Troell] c.op; ph: Sven Nykvist

1978

La Luna [Bernardo Bertolucci] co-c.op; ph: Vittorio Storaro

1979

[The Muse Concert:] No Nukes [various] co-c.op Madison Square Garden; ph: Haskell Wexler

1980

They All Laughed [Peter Bogdanovich] c.op; ph: Robby Müller

1982

Legs [Jerrold Freedman; tvm] co-c.op; ph: Allen Daviau


 FILMS & TELEVISION AS DIRECTOR

1980

Letzte Reise nach Harrisburg/The Last Trip to Harrisburg/The Blue Train [co-d; + ph] see Shorts & Documentaries

1982

Report from Hollywood [+ prod/cph] see Shorts & Documentaries

1989

Imagining America [seg 'Get Your Kicks on Route 66'; + ph] see Television

1989

Songs for 'Drella by Lou Reed and John Cale [+ ph] see Television

1990

Red Hot + Blue [seg #18 'Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye'; + ph] see Shorts & Documentaries

1999

Ken Park [co-d; + cph] see Films

2003

[Carmen Electra's] Aerobic Striptease [+ ph] see Shorts & Documentaries

2004

Street Stories/Cell Stories [+ ph] see Shorts & Documentaries

2007

Life for a Child [doc/16m] ph: Wolfgang Thaler & Brian Jackson; prod by Eli Lilly and Company and the International Diabetes Federation

2010

In the Hearts of Africa [doc; + cph] see Shorts & Documentaries