Boris Kaufman

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Boris Kaufman, in France.

Boris Abelevich Kaufman (Russian: Бори́с Абра́мович Ка́уфман; August 24, 1897 – June 24, 1980) was a Russian cinematographer.

Kaufman was born in today's Poland as the youngest son of a Russian librarian. His older brothers were the filmmakers Dziga Vertov and Mikhail Kaufman who established themselves in the Soviet film industry, Kaufman set up shop in Paris, where he'd been educated. He was director of photography on all the major works of influential French director Jean Vigo, whose death in 1934 left Kaufman temporarily rudderless. Relocating to the U.S. in 1942, Kaufman had to spend several years lensing U.S. and Canadian documentaries and government films before he returned to feature films. He won an Academy Award for his first Hollywood feature On the Waterfront (1954), which set the standard for the stark, naturalistic black-and-white photography that would be the hallmark of his future work. In 1956, Kaufman was Oscar-nominated for his work on Baby Doll (1956). He made a rare foray into Technicolor for 1961's Splendor in the Grass, then returned to his true monochromatic metier. [1]


  • Les Halles centrales, 1927
  • Champs-Élysées, 1928
  • La marche des machines, 1928
  • À propos de Nice (Nizza), 1929
  • Taris, roi de l'eau (Jean Taris, Swimming Champion), 1931
  • Zouzou, 1934
  • The Tanglewood Story/Tanglewood, Music School and Music Festival, 1950
  • The Gentleman in Room 6, 1951
  • Leonardo da Vinci, 1952

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