Art and Experience: Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, winner of an Oscar for Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters Of The Third Kind, has died. The Hungarian-born Zsigmond was 85 and passed away.

Zsigmond was also Oscar nominated for Michael Cimino’s The Deer Hunter, Mark Rydell’s The River and Brian De Palma’s The Black Dahlia. He rose to fame with a string of iconic 1970s movies including Robert Altman’s McCabe And Mrs Miller,Images and The Long Goodbye, plus John Boorman’s Deliverance, Spielberg’s The Sugarland Express and Cimino’s Heaven’s Gate.


In later years, Zsigmond’s credits included The Witches Of Eastwick, Maverick, Sean Penn’s The Crossing Guard, Kevin Smith’s Jersey Girl and a series of films with Woody Allen including 2010’s You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger.  In 2003, our members voted him one of the top 10 influential cinematographers of all time.