Remembering Haskell Wexler

Photo Credit: Hector Cruz Sandoval

Remembering Haskell Wexler: The filmic community lost a great talent, Haskell Wexler, on December 27th of 2015. Wexler began his career as a cinematographer in 1950s after dropping out of UC Berkeley. Though unaccredited, Stakeout on Dope Street in 1958 marked the start of his cinematography adventures.

The Oscar-winning cinematographer, Wexler, has produced, written, directed, and/or photographed numerous documentaries such as:

The Bus (1965)

Bus II (1983)

Interviews With My Lai Veterans (1970)

Brazil: A Report on Torture (1971)

CIA: Case Officer (1978)

At the Max (1991)

Visions of Light: The Art of Cinematography (1992)

Nominated for an Oscar numerous times, Wexler received his first Oscar in The Best Cinematography category for Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? in 1966. His second Oscar in the same category was dedicated to him in 1976 for Bound for Glory.

In 2009, the Beverly Hills Film Festival honored Wexler with the Living Legends Award, remembering decades of his uniquely celebrated works of art.

In the featured photograph taken during the Beverly Hills Film Festival, Wexler stands next to the CEO/Creative Director of Sandoval Media, Hector Cruz Sandoval.

NPR‘s Terry Gross dedicated December 29th’s episode of the Fresh Air to Wexler. In this episode, Gross features remarkable recordings from her interview with Wexler in 1993. The complete interview transcription, along with its audio recording can be found here: Remembering Oscar-Winning Cinematographer Haskell Wexler