It is our great pleasure to announce that The George Eastman Museum will honor cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, A.S.C., A.I.C. with the George Eastman Award, the museum’s highest honor in motion pictures. The highly esteemed cinematographer will be recognized for his outstanding contribution to the art of film.
In accepting the honor, he joins such film legends as Charles Chaplin, Gary Cooper, Joan Crawford, Cecil B. DeMille, Michael Douglas, Greta Garbo, Lillian Gish, Audrey Hepburn, Gregory Peck, Martin Scorsese, James Stewart, Meryl Streep, and most recently Michael Keaton. The George Eastman Award was established in 1955 as the first retrospective film award to honor artistic work of enduring value.
Congratulations, Mr. Storaro!
Vittorio Storaro needs no introduction, but for those who need a reminder please see below.
photo by Ewelina Kamińska
Italian cinematographer born in 1940, in Rome. He has worked on over 50 films and several television series. A three-time Oscar winner for Apocalypse Now, Reds, and The Last Emperor. A long-time cooperator of Bernardo Bertolucci, he has also worked with such filmmakers as Francis Ford Coppola, Warren Beatty, or Carlos Saura. In 2001, he received an Honorary Doctorate from the PWSFTviT in Łódź.
He has been connected with the Camerimage Festival from the very beginning. He has attended the Festival 14 times already. In 1993, he was chair of the Festival jury. A year later, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award. His long-time cooperation with Bertolucci and Saura was recognized with the Cinematographer-Director Duo Award in 1997 and 2009, respectively.
Vittorio Storaro is by far one of the most award-winning artists of our Festival. He can also brag several special awards. In 1998, he received Special Award from the President of the Polish Film Institute for Carlos Saura's Tango. In 2000, he was awarded The Golden Camera for the Greatest Artistic Personality among Cinematographers.
As the patron and supporter of the Festival, in 2001 he presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Owen Roizman together with Vilmos Zsigmond and Billy Williams. In 2007, the 15th edition of the Festival featured Vitttorio Stroraro's exhibition called “Stroraro: Writing with Light”. He has also conducted numerous film workshops and seminars here at the Festival.
In 2015, together with the director Majid Majidi he received the Outstanding Cinematic Duo Award, for their collaboration in Muhammad: The Messenger of God.
He was recently the cinematographer for Woody Allen’s Café Society and is currently working on another feature with him.
CO-FINANCED BY: THE MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND NATIONAL HERITAGE OF THE REPUBLIC OF POLAND, THE CITY OF TORUŃ AND KUJAWSKO-POMORSKIE REGION