Jean-Yves Escoffier

Active - 1978 - 2003  |   Born - Jan 1, 1951   |   Died - Apr 4, 2003   |   Genres - Drama, Romance, Crime, Comedy Drama

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Biography by Jason Buchanan

Over the course of his 30-year career, cinematographer Jean-Yves Escoffier photographed everything from low-key French dramas to high-profile Hollywood action films. Creating seductive imagery from both of those genres, as well as virtually everything in between, Escoffier's solid international reputation found him in high demand worldwide. Born in Lyon, France, in 1950, the future cinema photographer received his education at Paris' École Louis Lumière before gaining notice for his collaborations with director Leos Carax (Boy Meets Girl [1984], Mauvais Sang [1986], and Lovers on the Bridge [1991]). Subsequently stepping behind the camera for Three Men and a Cradle in 1985 (remade in the U.S. as Three Men and a Baby two years later), Escoffier received a César award for his work on the charming comedy. Crossing over stateside in the early '90s, Escoffier served as cinematographer for such high-profile releases as The Crow: City of Angels (1996) and Gus Van Sant's Good Will Hunting (1997). Always fond of more experimental and independent-minded efforts, Escoffier also lensed Gummo, eccentric writer/director Harmony Korine's disturbing look at a small Ohio town suffering in the aftermath of a devastating tornado. In addition to numerous short films, his work on commercials and music videos found Escoffier collaborating with such luminaries as Jean-Pierre Jeunet, David Lynch, Luc Besson, and Mark Romanek. On April 4, 2003, the world lost a truly gifted photographer when Jean-Yves Escoffier died of heart failure in his Los Angles home. He was 52.

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