Philip Hatkin

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Philip Hatkin
BornAugust 4, 1885
Riga, Latvia
DiedDecember 18, 1923 (aged 38)
Bronx, New York, U.S.

Philip Hatkin was a Latvia-born cinematographer who worked in Hollywood during the early silent era. He shot dozens of films between 1915 and 1921.[1][2] He frequently collaborated with directors like George Archainbaud and Harley Knoles.


Philip was born in Riga, Latvia (at that time part of the Russian Empire), to Hessel Hatkin and Sadie Sachs. He came to the United States with his family around 1893, according to census records.

Before he began working as a cinematographer at World Film Corporation, he was a photographer for over a decade.[3] He was a member of the Cinema Camera Club in New York City.[4] In 1922, he returned to New York City after spending two years in Europe for work.[5] He died in the Bronx a year later.[6]

He and his wife, Rebecca, had a daughter named Goldie.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ Ball, Robert Hamilton (2013-07-18). Shakespeare on Silent Film: A Strange Eventful History. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-134-98084-0.
  2. ^ Morris, Oeter (1992-08-06). Embattled Shadows: A History of Canadian Cinema, 1895–1939. McGill-Queen's Press – MQUP. ISBN 978-0-7735-6072-7.
  3. ^ Motion Picture Studio Directory and Trade Annual, 1921; Page: 300
  4. ^ Cinema News. 1919.
  5. ^ "Film Historic Venice Tower". The Waco News-Tribune. 9 Oct 1921. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  6. ^ "Cut-Backs". The Paducah Sun-Democrat. 28 Oct 1922. Retrieved 2019-12-03.
  7. ^ Soister, John T.; Nicolella, Henry; Joyce, Steve (2014-01-10). American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913–1929. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-8790-5.

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