Jacob Mendez
Jacob Mendez

Camerimage 2024: Edward Lachman with the Lifetime Achievement Award

Edward Lachman is one of those cinematographers who cannot be easily pigeonholed. He is a true moving image artist whose creative approach inspired by painting, photography and European cinema resulted in cooperation with directors such as Todd Haynes, Robert Altman, Steven Soderbergh, Ulrich Seidl, Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Bernardo Bertolucci and Jean-Luc Godard, bringing him, among others three Oscar nominations,” the organizers write about the winner.

Edward Lachman He was nominated for an Oscar three times for cinematography “Far from Heaven”, “Carol” and the latest “The Count” and for an Emmy Award for cinematography for an HBO miniseries, “Mildred Pierce”. He is the only American cinematographer in history to receive the German Marburg Camera Award for his film work, as well as the BSC Award for his work on the set of “Carol” and the Pierre Angénieux ExcelLens in Cinematography laurel, presented to him in 2018 at the Cannes Film Festival. A year earlier, he was also honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award by the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). In 2019, he was also awarded the International Association of Cinematographers IMAGO with an award for his entire creative work.

Edward Lachman is an outstanding creator who excels primarily in European and independent American cinema.

His extensive filmography includes multiple collaborations with directors such as Todd Haynes (“Far from Heaven”, “I’m Not There”, “Carol”, “Wonderstruck”, “Dark Waters”, the miniseries “Mildred Pierce” or the documentary “The Velvet Underground”), Ulrich Seidl (“Import/Export” and the trilogy “Paradise: Faith, Love, Hope”), Steven Soderbergh (“Angol”, “Erin Brockovich”), Gregory Nava (“Selena”, “Love is for Fools”, “My Family”) or Paul Schrader (“Margin of Life”, “Touch”). He was behind the camera for his directorial debut Sofia Coppola“Curses of Innocence” and was responsible for the visual setting of such films as “True Stories” (dir. David Byrne), “Less Than Zero” (dir. Marek Kanievska), “The Order” (dir. Dennis Hopper), “Mississippi Masala” (dir. Mira Nair), “Simone” (dir. Andrew Niccol), “The Last Broadcast” (the last film Robert Altman) or “Desperately Seeking Susan” and “The Perfect Man” directed by Susan Seidelman.

His first feature film as a cinematographer was “The Flatbush Boys” in 1974, directed by Martin Davidson and Stephen Veronwhile the last picture in his artistic output to date is “The Count” (2023), on the set of which he met Pablo Larraín. The duo’s second film, “Maria” is also in post-production Angelina Jolie in the title role.

Edward Lachman he describes himself as a “visual gypsy” who tries to draw from the entire spectrum of experience gained and numerous trips made thanks to the work of the cinematographer on sets all over the world. However, it is not limited only to film images. He is a photographer who can boast of a series of publishing projects and numerous photo exhibitions and video installations organized in galleries around the world. His works could be admired at New York’s MoMA, Germany’s The Ludwig Museum in Cologne, Spain’s Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, and the permanent exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Together with a French street artist working under a pseudonym JRalso designed the poster for the 56th New York Film Festival.

Ed Lachaman has already participated in the EnergaCAMERIMAGE Festival several times. His November visit to Toruń will be accompanied by a retrospective review of his films and a series of meetings with the audience.

32nd edition EnergaCAMERIMAGE Film Festival will take place in November 2024 in Toruń.