Gilbert Taylor

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Gilbert Taylor
Cinematographer Gilbert Taylor.jpg
with George Lucas filming Star Wars (1977)
Born (1914-04-12)12 April 1914
Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire,
Died 23 August 2013(2013-08-23) (aged 99)
Newport, Isle of Wight,
Occupation Cinematographer

Gilbert Taylor, B.S.C. (12 April 1914 – 23 August 2013) was a British cinematographer,[1] best known for his work on Dr. Strangelove, The Omen, and the original Star Wars.


He began his working life in 1929 as a camera assistant for Gainsborough Studios.[2] After six years service in World War II as an officer in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, he became an operational cameraman flying in Avro Lancaster bombers, documenting the damage after British bombing raids.[3]

He worked on a number of films noted for their style-defining cinematography, such as Dr. Strangelove, A Hard Day's Night (both 1964), The Omen (1976), and Star Wars (1977).[4] He is featured in the book Conversations with Cinematographers published by Scarecrow Press.[5] He died 23 August 2013 aged 99.[6]


As Director of Photography[edit]


  1. ^ "Gilbert Taylor". BFI. 
  2. ^ "Gilbert Taylor, Star Wars cinematographer, dies aged 99". BBC News. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Ronald Bergan. "Gilbert Taylor obituary". the Guardian. 
  4. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Taylor, Gilbert (1914-) Biography". 
  5. ^ "The ASC -- : December 2011 - Book Reviews". 
  6. ^ "Gilbert Taylor". 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2013. 

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