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Harris Savides (1957–2012)

Harris Savides was born on September 28, 1957 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a cinematographer, known for Elephant (2003), Zodiac (2007) and Birth (2004). He was married to Medine Chenet. He died on October 9, 2012 in Manhattan, New York City. See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 8 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

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Elephant Cinematographer
Zodiac Cinematographer
Birth Cinematographer
American Gangster
American Gangster Cinematographer


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 2011/I Restless (director of photography)
 2010 Mark Romanek: Music Video Montage (Video short)
 2010 Somewhere (director of photography)
 2010 Greenberg (director of photography)
 2009 Madonna: Celebration - The Video Collection (Video) (videos "Rain, " "Take a Bow, " "Bedtime Story, " "Human Nature", "Die Another Day")
 2008/I Milk (director of photography)
 2007 The Key to Reserva (Short)
 2007 American Gangster (director of photography)
 2007 Zodiac (director of photography)
 2006 Best of Chris Isaak (Video) (director of photography - music video "Blue Spanish Sky")
 2005 The Work of Director Mark Romanek (Video documentary) (segments "Criminal", "Scream", "Bedtime Story", "Closer", "Rain")
 2005 Coldplay: Speed of Sound (Video short)
 2005 Last Days
 2004 Birth
 2003 The Work of Director Michel Gondry (Video) (segment "Like a Rolling Stone")
 2003 Elephant (director of photography)
 2002 Madonna: Die Another Day (Video short)
 2002 Gerry
 2001 Radiohead: I Might Be Wrong (Video short)
 2001 The Follow (Short)
 2000 The Yards (director of photography)
 1999 Madonna: The Video Collection 93:99 (Video) (video "Rain"/"Take a Bow"/"Bedtime Story"/"Human Nature")
 1999 Macy Gray: I Try (Video short)
 1998 Illuminata
 1998 Hanson: Weird (Video short)
 1997 Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II (Video documentary) (segment "Scream")
 1997 The Game
 1997 Fiona Apple: Criminal (Video short)
 1996 Heaven's Prisoners (director of photography)
 1996 Janet Jackson: Twenty Foreplay (Video short)
 1995 Madonna: Human Nature (Video short)
 1995 Madonna: Bedtime Story (Video short)
 1994 The Investigator (TV Short)
 1994 Madonna: Take a Bow (Video short)
 1994 Nine Inch Nails: Closer (Video short)
 1993 Madonna: Rain (Video short)
 1993 R.E.M.: Everybody Hurts (Video short)
 1993 Lake Consequence (TV Movie)
 1993 Cindy Crawford: The Next Challenge Workout (Video) (director of photography)
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At the 1994 MTV Awards, he was nominated in three out of the five slots for music video cinematography, winning for REM's "Everybody Hurts". In 1995, he won again for Madonna's "Rain".

Alternate Names:

Harris | Harry Saivdes | Harry Savides

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Personal Quote:

After working with Gus [director Gus Van Sant], I can't go back to just loving the visuals. On one level, I don't want the work to be photographic. But I'd also have trouble doing a comedy, where there's so much that needs to be delivered verbally. It's about having an opportunity to tell the story without words.[2004] See more »


He is the only person to date to win three MTV Video Music Awards for Best Cinematography and the only person to win two in a row (for "Rain" by Madonna and "Everybody Hurts" by R.E.M.). See more »

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