R.I.P.: ZODIAC and MILK Cinematographer Harris Savides Passes Away at 55

     October 11, 2012


The impeccably talented cinematographer Harris Savides has sadly passed away at the age of 55.  You may not recognize the name, but you’re no doubt familiar with Savides’ work.  He was the cinematographer on such films as Zodiac, Milk, Elephant, American Gangster, Whatever Works, and The Game, and he was responsible for now-legendary music videos like Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer”, Fiona Apple’s “Criminal”, and Michael Jackson’s “Scream.”  Savides crafted absolutely gorgeous images, from his incredible period work with David Fincher in Zodiac to the wonderfully understated nature of Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere.  His last film as a cinematographer was Coppola’s upcoming The Bling Ring.

No cause of death was given, but Savides’ passing is a major loss for the film landscape.  Our thoughts are with his family and friends.  Hit the jump to remember some of Savides’ fantastic work.



  • sloan

    Sad news. Thoughts and prayers go to the family. He was great. Loved Greenburg and American Gangster. Somewhere..

  • Marty

    Jesus(( Its very sad. R.I.P. Harris…

  • Slice

    The diffusion master in cinema!

    From one shooter to another, you will be missed.

  • jcho

    I wish my resume looked like that. Sad loss of a horribly talented man. RIP, good sir.

  • Thomas K.

    Zodiac to this day is one of my favorites of all time. One of the main reasons is because of Mr. Savides beautiful imagery. A truly sad loss.