Google Doodle honours the master of light in cinema: All about James Wong Howe

first_imgGoogle is celebrating the famed cinematographer James Wong Howe. Howe was born on August 28, 1899. He is one of the most sought after early-era cinematographer who made a great use of lights and shadows in his work.Check out the Doodle:The doodle is in a monochrome colour scheme celebrating what would have been his 118th birthday. More about James Wong Howe:Howe was of Chinese-American descent and faced a lot of problems due to his heritageHe did odd jobs as a teenager and at one point was a professional boxerHe could only become a U.S. citizen after the Chinese Exclusion Act was repealedHis marriage to novelist Sanora Babb wasn’t legally recognised until the year 1949 as there were laws barring interracial marriagesHowe’s first Hollywood job involved delivering films and cleaning up scraps left on the cutting room floorHe is said to have accidentally discovered the use of dark backdrops in black and white films to create colour nuancesHe was also a master of using wide-angle lenses, low key lighting, colour lighting and crab dolly James retired with two Oscar awards as one of the most celebrated cinematographers of his timeA survey of the members of the International Cinematographers Guild lauded him as one of history’s ten most influential cinematographersHowe received a total of ten Oscar nominations for best cinematographyHe won the academy awards for cinematography twice for The Rose Tattoo and the HudHe died at the age of 76 in the year 1976 and is buried in a Los Angeles cemetery.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.advertisementTo get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to [email protected]last_img

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