Conrad Hall Quotes

Conrad Lafcadio Hall, ASC (June 21, 1926 – January 6, 2003) was an American cinematographer from Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia. Named after writers Joseph Conrad and Lafcadio Hearn, he was best known for photographing films such as In Cold Blood, Cool Hand Luke, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, American Beauty, and Road to Perdition. For his work he garnered a number of awards, including three Academy Awards and BAFTA Awards.

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Dad, wherever you are, you are gone but you will never be forgotten.

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You are always a student, never a master. You have to keep moving forward.

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There is a kind of beauty in imperfection.

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There are infinite shadings of light and shadows and colors... it's an extraordinarily subtle language. Figuring out how to speak that language is a lifetime job.

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Manipulating shadows and tonality is like writing music or a poem.

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I was very happy sitting alone at a dining room table, writing a script.

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Photography is a very important part of my life.

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With today's fast films, you can light the way your eye sees the scene. You can abuse the film and create subtleties in contrast with light and exposure, diffusion and filters. That's what makes it an art.

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In aptitude tests, I scored highest in music.

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It is also difficult to articulate the subtleties in cinema, because there aren't words or metaphors which describe many of the emotions you are attempting to evoke.

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The closer the source of light is to a subject, the broader the beams are.

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I realize that every picture isn't a work of art.

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The sun is the most parallel light source because it is so far away.

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I can still recall the thrill of shooting my first film.

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I think one of the reasons people quit is because they're afraid they won't be able to get better and better; that they have to come to a zenith of some kind.

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