Vilmos Zsigmond has passed away
Hungarian cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond died on the 1st of January at the age of 85. The legendary cinematographer won an Academy Award for Close Encounters of the Third Kind in 1978 (directed by Steven Spielberg), he was also an Oscar nominee for The Deer Hunter (1979), The River (1985) and The Black Dhalia (2007).
In his nearly 5 decade-long carreer he worked with great directors such as Steven Spielberg, Robert Altman and Brian De Palma.
In 1998 Vilmos Zsigmond was honored by the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) with a Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2000 Hungarian Head of State Árpád Göncz awarded him with a presidential golden medal. In 2004 he got an honorary citizenship from Szeged (his hometown) and they named a room in a movie theater after him.
In 2005 he also got the Life Achievement Award from the Hungarian Society of Cinematographers (HSC) and in the next year he was awarded for his achievement in the Hungarian Art and in 2013 he was elected to be a member of the Hungarian Art Academy.
In 2014 he was honored with a life achievement award for cinematography in Cannes and in autumn of the same year at CineFest International Film Festival, Miskolc, Hungary.
Zsigmond was a member of the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (cinematographers branch) since 2007.
In the spring of 2015 the Ludwig Museum – Museum of Contemporary Art organised an exhibition of Vilmos Zsigmond’s photographic life-work.
The Hungarian Filmlab took part in the post production of his film in 2011, The Maiden Danced to Death. The same year he was one of the masters at the International Masterclass for Cinematography sponsored by the Filmlab.
Vilmos Zsigmond was probably the most succesful Hungarian filmmaker, his name and talent was recognized and respected all over the world. A film legend has gone, may he rest in peace.