Lee Garmes

Lee Garmes

Original Name Lee Dewey Garmes
Birth
Peoria, Peoria County, Illinois, USA
Death 31 Aug 1978 (aged 80)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Plot Cremated remains scattered within the cemetery. Unmarked.
Memorial ID 8039070 · View Source
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Cinematographer. For five decades one of Hollywood's finest cameramen. A master technician, he strove to give every film he shot an individual texture. He made a significant contribution to glamor photography with his original use of north light, which highlighted specific details of a scene while leaving the rest of the image dark; later he adapted a harsh, gritty look for crime dramas. Garmes won an Academy Award for "Shanghai Express" (1932) and received Oscar nominations for "Morocco" (1930), "Since You Went Away" (1944), and "The Big Fishermen" (1959). He also photographed much of "Gone With the Wind" (1939) without credit. His other films include "The Garden of Allah" (1927), "Dishonored" (1931), "Scarface" (1932), "The Jungle Book" (1943), "Duel in the Sun" (co-photography, 1946), "The Paradine Case" (1947), "Detective Story" (1951), "The Desperate Hours" (1955), and "A Big Hand for the Little Lady" (1966). Garmes was born in Peoria, Illinois, and got his start in films as a prop boy for producer Thomas Ince. After working on several short comedies as an assistant cameraman he was promoted to director of photography in 1924. During the 1930s he ventured into occasional producing and directing, often in collaboration with Ben Hecht and Charles MacArthur (notably "The Scoundrel", 1935). Garmes' experiments with lighting greatly expanded the visual quality of American films and he helped devise the crab dolly, which allowed the camera to move freely about a set without being placed on tracks. For his final film, "Why" (1973), he was the first to shoot on videotape and then transfer the footage to 35mm. Garmes served as president of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) from 1960 to 1961. He was married to actress Ruth Hall from 1933 until his death.

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  • Added: 28 Oct 2003
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lee Garmes (27 May 1898–31 Aug 1978), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8039070, citing Grand View Memorial Park and Crematory, Glendale, Los Angeles County, California, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .