Robert Krasker

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Robert Krasker, B.S.C., A.S.C. (21 August 1913 - 16 August 1981) was an Australian cinematographer who worked on more than fifty films in his career.

He was born in Perth, Australia and travelled to England in 1932 via photographic studios in Paris and Dresden. He moved to England just before the outbreak of WWII [1] and found work at Alexander Korda's London Films, where he became a senior camera operator.

Krasker's work was strongly influenced by film noir and German Expressionism. He won an Oscar for The Third Man (1949), directed by Carol Reed, having previously worked with Reed on Odd Man Out (1947). He also worked on Brief Encounter for David Lean and Another Man's Poison for Irving Rapper.

Despite Krasker's brilliant and atmospheric work on Brief Encounter, Lean sacked him from his next film, Great Expectations, because he and Ronald Neame were unhappy with his handling of the marsh scenes. His later films included the epics Alexander the Great, El Cid, and The Fall of the Roman Empire.

Krasker was the first Australian-born cinematographer to win an Oscar; the second would not win until 1990.


  1. ^ Atterton, M and Vietch,Alan(editors) 1984 The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Australian Showbiz Brookvale NSW, Sunshine Books ISBN 0-86777-057-0 p.126

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