Richard Leacock

John Byrne Cooke


Image No. 67-4-20: Richard Leacock

Leacock-Pennebaker offices, New York City, May 1967

Filmmaking is Richard Leacock's life. He began with 8mm when he was a teenager. He was a combat cameraman in World War II. With D. A. Pennebaker and Albert and David Maysles, he was a pioneer in the cinéma vérité or "direct cinema" style of documentaries in the 1960s. In the '80s, he came full circle, back to 8mm again, this time in video. He lives and works in France and continues to champion low-budget films controlled by the individual filmmaker from inception through distribution.

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