Academy Award-winning Swedish Cinematographer. Known best for collaborations with director Ingmar Bergman with whom he worked for over 30 years. Nykvist was regarded as "Master of Light" for his deceptively simple and naturalistic way of creating moods reflective of the characters on screen. He preferred one light source stating that "more than one source pointed to the photography." Some of the films that Bergman and Nykvist created together, such as The Virgin Spring, Wild Strawberries, The Seventh Seal, and Fanny and Alexander (for which Nykvist won one of his Oscars) are considered by many as masterpieces of the medium. As Bergman became less prolific later in his career, Nykvist continued working with other directors, including Bob Fosse (Star 80), Woody Allen (Crimes and Misdemeanors), Philip Kaufman (The Unbearable Lightness of Being), Richard Attenborough (Chaplin), and Nora Ephron (Sleepless in Seattle). In his storied and ground-breaking career Sven Nykvist worked on well over 100 films, the final of which was Curtain Call in 1999. At the time of his death he was living in a nursing home and was being treated for Aphasia.
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