Baird Bryant

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Wenzell Baird Bryant (Columbus, Indiana, December 12, 1927 – Hemet, California, November 13, 2008) was an American filmmaker. He is best known as the cameraman on the Albert Maysles film Gimme Shelter who filmed the fatal stabbing of Rolling Stones concertgoer Meredith Hunter by Hells Angel Alan Passaro at the Altamont Free Concert in December 1969.

As a cinematographer, Bryant also worked on Easy Rider, filming the famous LSD scene with Dennis Hopper in a New Orleans cemetery. He was also a writer, living in 1950s Paris with William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, and Jack Kerouac and writing Play This Love With Me (1955) pseudonymously. He also wrote the first translation of Pauline Réage's erotic novel Story of O. Baird also taught basic film-making at Naropa Institute in Boulder, Colorado in the summer of 1973.

He studied at Deep Springs College and Harvard University.[1][2]


  1. ^ Perrone, Pierre (5 December 2008). "Obituary". The Independent (UK). London. Retrieved 22 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Obituary". LA Times. 16 November 2008. Retrieved 22 April 2011.