Art and Experience: The 66th Berlin International Film Festival (Feb 11-21) is to award an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement to German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, to whom the festival is also dedicating this year’s Homage.

Ballhaus is one of the world’s leading cinematographers. He established his reputation in Germany where he worked with, among others, auteur Rainer Werner Fassbinder, helping the “Young German Cinema” gain new artistic freedom. He later worked with American directors such as Martin Scorsese, and affected the lighting and look of U.S. moviemaking.

Ballhaus was president of the Berlinale’s International Jury in 1990 and was awarded the Berlinale Camera for his unique contribution to film in 2006. His body of work comprises some 130 films for movie theaters and television, including 15 films with Fassbinder and seven with Scorsese, alongside many other top directors, including Wolfgang Petersen, Volker Schloendorff, John Sayles, Robert Redford, Mike Nichols and Francis Ford Coppola.

The award will be bestowed on Feb 18, accompanied by a screening of Gangs Of New York, which was shown out of competition at the 2003 Berlinale.