Ernest Palmer (American cinematographer)

Ernest George Palmer (December 6, 1885 - February 22, 1978) was a Hollywood cinematographer for more than 160 films. His earliest known credit was for a 1912 adaptation of Ivanhoe.

Ernest Palmer
Possible picture of Ernest Palmer, taken around 1921, although the middle initial is wrong
Ernest George Palmer

(1885-12-06)December 6, 1885
DiedFebruary 22, 1978(1978-02-22) (aged 92)
OccupationHollywood cinematographer
Known forAcademy Award for Best Cinematography


Palmer was born in Kansas City, Missouri.

In 1941, Palmer won an Oscar for Best Cinematography (in collaboration with Ray Rennahan) for Blood and Sand[1]. Palmer was nominated on several other occasions—in 1928 for Four Devils, in 1929 for Street Angel, and in 1950 for Broken Arrow. He is sometimes confused with a British cinematographer of the same name (1901-1964) who worked on various UK films and television programmes until the early 1960s.

Palmer died in Pacific Palisades, California.

Selected filmography


  1. "The 14th Academy Awards (1942) Nominees and Winners". Retrieved June 17, 2019.
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