Director Christopher Nolan and cinematographer Wally Pfister’s creative collaboration began with Nolan’s second and best film MEMENTO (2000). Nolan had shot his debut feature FOLLOWING (1998) himself, so he had never worked with a cinematographer until he hired Wally based on a screening at Slamdance. Following a legendary and long partnership, they parted ways when Wally decided to quit as director of photography after THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (2012) and become a feature film director with TRANSCENDENCE starring Johnny Depp. This was done with Christopher Nolan’s blessing (he is after all producing Wally’s directorial debut), but it left the Hollywood auteur in a precarious situation: who will replace his old friend and beloved cinematographer?
Well, Nolan seems to have found his man in Dutch cinematographer Hoyte van Hoytema whose credits include LET THE RIGHT ONE IN (2008), THE FIGHTER (2010), TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY (2011) and Spike Jonze’s upcoming HER (2013).
Hoyte van Hoytema belongs to a new breed of cinematographers whose reputation emerges from a small but very distinctive body of work. Hoyte’s style—precise framing, immaculate use of contrast and expressionist lighting—has finally found favor outside Europe. Born to Dutch parents in Switzerland and raised in Holland, he studied cinematography at the Polish National Film School in Lodz. Continue Reading