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Witold Sobocinski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈvitɔlt sɔbɔˈt͡ɕiɲskʲi]; born 15 October 1929 in the town of Ozorków near Łódź) is a Polish cinematographer, academic teacher as well as former jazz musician. Sobocinski is a graduate of the renowned National Film School in Łódź, while in college, he was a member of the pioneer jazz band Melomani, in which he played the drums.
After graduation, he worked with Polish Television and Film Studios Czolowka, as a cameraman. In 1967 he debuted as a cinematographer. Sobocinski cooperated with several notable directors, including Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zanussi and Roman Polanski. Since 1980, he has been a lecturer at the Film School in Łódź. Sobocinski was awarded several prizes, he also co-produced a number of notable movies.
His son Piotr Sobociński (1958-2001) was also a cinematographer.
- The Adventures of Gerard (1970)
- Family Life (Życie rodzinne; 1971)
- The Wedding (Wesele; 1972)
- The Hourglass Sanatorium (Sanatorium pod klepsydrą; 1973)
- The Promised Land (Ziemia obiecana; 1975)
- O-Bi, O-Ba: The End of Civilization (O-bi, o-ba: Koniec cywilizacji; 1985)
- Pirates (1986)
- Frantic (1988)
- Torrents of Spring (1989)
- The Gateway of Europe (Wrota Europy; 1999)
- Witold Sobociński on IMDb
- Witold Sobociński profile at the Internet Encyclopedia of Cinematographers
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