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[on why he became a cinematographer] When I was little, I was short and not terribly strong. The other kids were always teasing me, so I spent a lot of time drawing and painting. I was never particularly interested in color. I tended more towards sumi-e brush painting, a monochromatic painting style using an ink wash, creating an atmosphere with black, white, and the enormous spectrum of gray in ...
Prominent Japanese cinematographer, noted for his tracking shots and as inventor of the 'bleach bypass' optical technique, first employed in 1960.