Burnett Guffey

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Burnett Guffey, A.S.C.
Guffey behind the camera
Born(1905-05-26)May 26, 1905
DiedMay 30, 1983(1983-05-30) (aged 78)
Title A.S.C.
Board member of A.S.C. President (1957–1958)
Awards Best Black-and-White Cinematography
1954 From Here to Eternity
Best Cinematography
1968 Bonnie and Clyde

Burnett Guffey, A.S.C. (May 26, 1905 May 30, 1983) was an American cinematographer. [1]


He won two Academy Awards: From Here to Eternity (1953) and Bonnie and Clyde (1967).


While still a teenager, the future Academy Award-winning cinematographer began as a camera assistant in 1923 on John Ford's 1924 western saga The Iron Horse. He was then hired by the Famous Players-Lasky Studios in 1927, became a camera operator in 1928 and worked there until 1943. Guffey was hired as a Director of Photography by Columbia Pictures in 1944. [2] [3]

In 1957–58, he served as president of the American Society of Cinematographers (A.S.C.) for a year, and had been a long-standing member.

According to film critic Spencer Selby, Guffey was a prolific film noir cinematographer, shooting 20 of them, including In a Lonely Place (1950). [4] [5]





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  1. Burnett Guffey at IMDb.
  2. Burnett Guffey at AllMovie.
    • Steeman, Albert. Internet Encyclopedia of Cinematographers, "Burnett Guffey page," Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2007. Last accessed: January 2, 2008.
  3. Selby, Spencer. Dark City: The Film Noir, page 239, 1984. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers.
  4. American Society of Cinematographers Archived July 15, 2007, at the Wayback Machine . "Lonely America: The Noir Cinematography of Burnett Guffey ASC," 2007. Last accessed: January 2, 2007.