Visions of Light

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Visions of Light
Promotional release poster
Directed by
Written byTodd McCarthy
Produced by
  • Terry Lawler
  • Yoshiki Nishimura
CinematographyNancy Schreiber
Edited byArnold Glassman
Distributed byKino International, CBS/FOX Video (home video)
Release date
  • 1992 (1992)
Running time
92 minutes
United States

Visions of Light (also known as Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography)[1] is a 1992 documentary film directed by Arnold Glassman, Todd McCarthy and Stuart Samuels. The film covers the art of cinematography since the conception of cinema at the turn of the 20th century. It features numerous filmmakers and cinematographers as interview subjects, presenting their views and discussing the importance of cinematography in the craft of filmmaking.[2]


The film includes interviews with many modern-day directors of photography and cinematographers, who illustrate via examples their best work and the scenes from films that influenced them to pursue their art. These subjects include Néstor Almendros, John Bailey, Conrad Hall, Michael Chapman, and László Kovács.

Among the pioneers they pay homage are Gregg Toland, Billy Bitzer, James Wong Howe and John Alton. The practitioners also explain the origins behind many of their most indelible images in cinema history.[3]

Cinematographer interviews[edit]


The following films are featured in clips or discussed:


On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 95% of critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 8.4/10.[5]




See also[edit]


  1. ^ Turner Classic Movies
  2. ^ Time Out
  3. ^ "Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography". Variety. 1992-06-10. Archived from the original on 2021-01-19.
  4. ^ FilmAffinity
  5. ^ "Visions of Light". Rotten Tomatoes. Fandango Media. Retrieved April 1, 2024. Edit this at Wikidata

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