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Joseph H. August (1890–1947)

Renowned cinematographer Joseph August began his film career not as a cameraman but as a wrangler--he was born and raised in Colorado--at Inceville, the studio begun by pioneering producer/director Thomas H. Ince. He soon switched careers, becoming an assistant to cinematographer Ray C. Smallwood. He shot his first film, Lure of the Violin (1913),... See full bio »

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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

Known For

Gunga Din Cinematographer
Portrait of Jennie Cinematographer
Cupid's Fireman Cinematographer
John Petticoats Cinematographer


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 1948 Portrait of Jennie (as Joseph August, photographed by)
 1945 They Were Expendable (director of photography - as Joseph H. August Lt. Comdr. U.S.N.R.)
 1942 The Battle of Midway (Documentary short)
 1941 The Devil and Daniel Webster (director of photography - as Joseph August)
 1940 Melody Ranch (as Joseph August, photography)
 1940 Dance, Girl, Dance (uncredited)
 1940 Primrose Path (director of photography)
 1939 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (director of photography)
 1939 Nurse Edith Cavell (director of photography)
 1939 Gunga Din (photographed by)
 1938 Beaux and Errors (Short) (as Joseph August)
 1938 The Jitters (Short) (as Joseph August)
 1938 Border G-Man (photographed by)
 1938 The Saint in New York (as Joseph August, photographed by)
 1938 Gun Law
 1938 This Marriage Business (photographed by)
 1937 A Damsel in Distress (director of photography)
 1937 Music for Madame (photographed by)
 1937 Super-Sleuth (photographed by)
 1937 There Goes My Girl (photographed by)
 1937 The Soldier and the Lady (photographed by)
 1937 Sea Devils (as Joseph August)
 1936 The Plough and the Stars (as Joseph August, photographed by)
 1936 Grand Jury
 1936 Mary of Scotland (photographed by)
 1936 Muss 'em Up (as Joseph August)
 1935 Sylvia Scarlett (as Joseph August, photographed by)
 1935 After the Dance (as Joseph August)
 1935 The Informer (photographed by)
 1935 The Whole Town's Talking (as Joseph August, photography)
 1934 The Captain Hates the Sea (as Joseph August)
 1934 Among the Missing (as Joseph August)
 1934 Black Moon (as Joseph August)
 1934 Susie's Affairs (Short) (as Joseph August)
 1934 Stars in the Making (Short)
 1934 Woman Haters (Short) (as Joseph August)
 1934 Twentieth Century (as Joseph August)
 1934 Whirlpool (uncredited)
 1934 No Greater Glory (as Joseph August)
 1934 School for Romance (Short)
 1933 Master of Men (director of photography)
 1933 Man's Castle (as Joseph August)
 1933 Cocktail Hour
 1933 The Circus Queen Murder (director of photography - as Joseph August)
 1933 Parole Girl (as Joseph August)
 1932 No More Orchids (as Joseph August)
 1932 Vanity Street (as Joseph August)
 1932 That's My Boy
 1932 Mystery Ranch (as Joseph August)
 1932 The Silent Witness (as Joseph August)
 1931 Heartbreak
 1931 The Brat
 1931 The Black Camel (as Joseph August)
 1931 Seas Beneath (as Joseph August)
 1930 Up the River (as Joseph August, photography)
 1930 On Your Back (as Joseph August)
 1930 Man Trouble (as Joseph August)
 1930 Double Cross Roads (as Joseph August)
 1930 Men Without Women (as Joseph August, photography)
 1929 Seven Faces
 1929 Salute (as Joseph A. August, photography)
 1929 The Black Watch (as Joseph A. August)
 1929 Strong Boy
 1928 Napoleon's Barber (Short)
 1928 The Farmer's Daughter (as Joseph August)
 1928 Don't Marry (as Joseph August)
 1928 Honor Bound
 1928 Soft Living (as Joseph August)
 1927 Very Confidential (as Joseph August)
 1927 Two Arabian Knights (uncredited)
 1927 The Beloved Rogue (as Joe August, photographed by)
 1926 The Flying Horseman (as Joe August)
 1926 Fig Leaves
 1925 Tumbleweeds
 1925 Lightnin' (as Joseph August, photographed by)
 1925 Greater Than a Crown (as Joseph August)
 1925 The Hunted Woman (as Joe August)
 1924 Folly of Vanity (as Joe August)
 1924 The Vagabond Trail (as Joe August)
 1924 Not a Drum Was Heard (as Joseph August)
 1923 The Temple of Venus (as Joe August)
 1923 Big Dan
 1923/I St. Elmo (as Joe August)
 1923 Goodbye Girls (as Joe August)
 1923 Truxton King (as Joe August)
 1922 The Love Gambler (as Joe August)
 1922 Honor First (as Joseph August)
 1922 Arabian Love
 1922 Travelin' on (as Joe August)
 1921 White Oak (as Joe August)
 1921 Three Word Brand (as Joseph August)
 1921 The Whistle (as Joe August)
 1921 O'Malley of the Mounted (as Joe August)
 1920 The Testing Block (as Joe August)
 1920 The Cradle of Courage (as Joe August)
 1920 Sand (as Joe August)
 1920 The Toll Gate (as Joe August)
 1919 John Petticoats (as Joe August)
 1919 Wagon Tracks (as Joe August)
 1919 Square Deal Sanderson (as Joe August)
 1919 The Money Corral (as Joe August)
 1919 The Poppy Girl's Husband (as Joe August)
 1919 Breed of Men (as Joe August)
 1918 Branding Broadway (as Joe August)
 1918 A Bullet for Berlin (Short)
 1918 The Border Wireless (as Joe August)
 1918 Riddle Gawne (as Joe August)
 1918 Shark Monroe (as Joe August)
 1918 Selfish Yates (as Joe August)
 1918 The Tiger Man (as Joe August)
 1918 'Blue Blazes' Rawden (as Joe August)
 1918 Wolves of the Rail (as Joe August)
 1917 The Narrow Trail (as Joe August)
 1917 The Silent Man (as Joe August)
 1917 The Cold Deck (as Joseph August)
 1917 Wolf Lowry
 1917 The Square Deal Man (as Joe August)
 1917 The Desert Man (as Joe August)
 1917 The Gunfighter (as Joe August)
 1917 Truthful Tulliver (as Joe August)
 1916 The Devil's Double (as Joe August)
 1916 The Return of Draw Egan (as Joe August)
 1916 The Dawn Maker (as Joe August)
 1916 The Patriot (as Joe August)
 1916 The Apostle of Vengeance (as Joseph August)
 1916 The Primal Lure (as Joe August)
 1916 The Aryan (as Joe August)
 1916 Hell's Hinges
 1915 Civilization
 1915 The Despoiler
 1915 Between Men (as Joe August)
 1915 The Disciple (as Joe August)
 1915/I The Coward
 1914 The Bargain (uncredited)
 1913 Lure of the Violin (Short)
Show Show Camera and Electrical Department (2 credits)
Show Show Art director (1 credit)
Show Show Producer (1 credit)

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Alternate Names:

Joe August | Joseph A. August | Joseph August | Joseph H. August Lt. Comdr. U.S.N.R.

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Although he was long considered one of Hollywood's top cameramen, August received only one Oscar nomination during his lifetime, for "Gunga Din" (1939). He was posthumously nominated for his last film, "Portrait of Jennie" (1948). See more »



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