Ronnie Taylor

Ronald Charles Taylor BSC (27 October 1924 – 3 August 2018[1][2]) was a British cinematographer,[3] best known for his collaborations with directors Richard Attenborough and Dario Argento. Throughout his career, he was nominated for two BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography and won an Academy Award for his work on Gandhi (1982), which he shared with Billy Williams.

Ronnie Taylor
Ronald Charles Taylor

(1924-10-27)27 October 1924
Died3 August 2018(2018-08-03) (aged 93)
Years active1942–2002

Life and career

Taylor was born in Hampstead, London and entered the film industry in his late teens working for Gainsborough Pictures at Lime Grove in Shepherds Bush. Taylor's first film was as a clapper boy on The Young Mr Pitt (1942). That same year he entered the Merchant Navy.[4] After the end of the Second World War returned to the film industry. He became a camera operator and went on to become a director of photography, winning an Oscar for Gandhi (1982). Taylor's final film was the Dario Argento-directed giallo film Sleepless (2001), after which he retired to Spain.[5]

He is featured in the book Conversations with Cinematographers by David A Ellis, published by Scarecrow Press.

Selected filmography

Year Title Notes
1962 Two and Two Make Six With Desmond Dickinson
1965 The Avengers 5 episodes
1971 Murphy's War Aerial photography
The Devils Additional photography
1973 Theatre of Blood Camera operator
1974 Phantom of the Paradise Camera operator
1975 Barry Lyndon Camera operator
Tommy With Dick Bush
1977 Star Wars Additional photography
The Island of Dr. Moreau Director of photography;

Second unit

Valentino Additional photography
1978 Circle of Iron
1981 Savage Harvest
1982 Gandhi With Billy Williams

Won Academy Award for Best Cinematography

1983 High Road to China
The Hound of the Baskervilles
1984 Champions
1985 A Chorus Line
1986 Foreign Body
1987 Opera
Cry Freedom
1989 The Experts
Sea of Love
1990 The Rainbow Thief
1991 Popcorn
1992 The Timekeeper Circle-Vision 360° theme park attraction
1995 The Steal
1998 The Phantom of the Opera
2001 Sleepless Final film


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