Friday, 26 July 2013

John A. Alonzo, 1934-2001 (American cinematographer)

* John A. Alonzo — the pioneering cinematographer — had trailblazing Mars square cinematic Neptune. With Pluto exactly conjunct his Descendant and ruling his Scorpio MC, he is probably best known for his acclaimed camera work on two American classics: the part mystery and part psychological drama film, Chinatown (1974), and the gangster mob movie, Scarface (1983), yet his extraordinary list of films includes Harold & Maude, Vanishing Point, Sounder, Norma Rae, Farewell, My Lovely, Blue Thunder, Internal Affairs and many others.


John Alonzo, A.S.C. (June 12, 1934 in Dallas, Texas – March 13, 2001) pioneered hand held work, lighting techniques and HD development during his career. He has an impressive list of films, but will probably be remembered mainly for Chinatown (1974) and Scarface (1983).

Alonzo was not only the Director of Photography for some of the greatest American films of the ‘70s and ‘80s, but also the first American cinematographer of Mexican American and Latino heritage to become a member of the Cinematographer’s Union in Los Angeles, as well as the first to be inducted into the famed American Society of Cinematographers (A.S.C.).

Read more from his Wikipedia biography.


BIRTH DATA: John Alonzo, 12 June 1934, 21:43 (9:43 p.m.) CST (+6), Dallas, Texas, USA (32n47, 96w48). ASC: 23 Capricorn. RR: AA (from birth record). SOURCE: Sy Scholfield (©) quotes birth certificate on file.

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