German cinematographer, Ballhaus dies at 81

German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, 81, known for his contribution to Hollywood movies “Goodfellas” and “Gangs of New York,” has died.

His publishing house announced the death on Wednesday.

“Ballhaus died in his apartment in Berlin after a period of illness,’’ German publishing house DVA Sachbuch said, citing the cinematographer’s family members.

Ballhaus worked with top Hollywood directors, including Martin Scorcese, Francis Ford Coppola, Robert Redford, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and Mike Nichols.

His films include “Goodfellas” (1990), “Bram Stoker’s Dracula” (1992), “Gangs of New York” (2002) and “The Departed” (2006).

Ballhaus was nominated for three Best Cinematography Oscars for the film, “Broadcast News” (1987), “The Fabulous Baker Boys” (1989) and “Gangs of New York.”

He received a lifetime achievement award at the Berlin Film Festival in 2016.

The death has hit the waves of the social media with various tributes.

Criterion Collection‏ said in its twitter handle, “RIP to the incomparable Michael Ballhaus, whose images continue to light up our screens & enrich our lives”.

Rob Trench‏ said said: “RIP cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, behind the lens for many Scorsese films like GOODFELLAS, THE DEPARTED, GANGS OF NEW YORK, AFTER HOURS.”

Survi‏ described Michael Ballhaus as a triple Oscar nominee and inventor of the dolly 360-degree tracking shot.



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