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William F. White International Mourns the Passing of Acclaimed Cinematographer, Business Partner and Friend, Vilmos Zsigmond (1930-2016)

Famed cinematographer and Oscar-winner Vilmos Zsigmond passed away on January 1st at the age of 85. A long-time business partner of Whites since 1991, Zsigmond was one of the founders and owners of our affiliate, Sparks Camera & Lighting Ltd., a leading Budapest, Hungary-based provider of top-notch professional production equipment servicing eastern and western European content creators since 1991. Sparks was originally co-founded through Whites as a joint business venture with Zsigmond.

When Zsigmond left Hungary in 1956, he quickly gained notoriety by working with many acclaimed directors including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Michael Cimino, to name a few. After working with Spielberg on “The Sugarland Express”, one of his earliest features, they partnered again on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, which awarded Zsigmond an Oscar for ‘Best Cinematography.’ Throughout his extensive career, he also received Oscar-nominations for “Deliverance”, “The Deer Hunter”, “The River” and “The Black Dahlia.”

“It saddens us to hear of Vilmos’ recent passing,” said Comweb/Whites Chairman & CEO, Paul Bronfman. “We have been in business together for 25 years in Sparks and I can say that Vilmos was one of the kindest, most accomplished and inspirational cinematographers of his time. He was also a terrific business partner who helped Whites gain respect throughout Europe and beyond. We wish to extend to his family and friends our deepest sympathies. We feel honoured and privileged to have been his partners.”

Zsigmond was not only well-known for his artistic merit, but also his multiple industry achievements, including his co-founding of the Global Cinematography Institute in Los Angeles with longtime business partner and friend, Yuri Neyman. He was also a member of the Board of Governors at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 2007. In fact, a survey conducted by the International Cinematographers Guild placed Zsigmond among the top 10 cinematographers in history. He has also been honoured with lifetime achievement awards from both the American Society of Cinematographers and Poland’s Camerimage International Film Festival.

vilmos2Zsigmond continued working into his 80s and most recently shot episodes for “The Mindy Project”, a popular comedy series which was picked up for a fourth season. At the time of his passing, he had 6 other projects lined up for 2016.

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William F. White International Mourns the Passing of Acclaimed Cinematographer, Business Partner and Friend, Vilmos Zsigmond (1930-2016)

Famed cinematographer and Oscar-winner Vilmos Zsigmond passed away on January 1st at the age of 85. A long-time business partner of Whites since 1991, Zsigmond was one of the founders and owners of our affiliate, Sparks Camera & Lighting Ltd., a leading Budapest, Hungary-based provider of top-notch professional production equipment servicing eastern and western European content creators since 1991. Sparks was originally co-founded through Whites as a joint business venture with Zsigmond.

When Zsigmond left Hungary in 1956, he quickly gained notoriety by working with many acclaimed directors including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Michael Cimino, to name a few. After working with Spielberg on “The Sugarland Express”, one of his earliest features, they partnered again on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, which awarded Zsigmond an Oscar for ‘Best Cinematography.’ Throughout his extensive career, he also received Oscar-nominations for “Deliverance”, “The Deer Hunter”, “The River” and “The Black Dahlia.”

“It saddens us to hear of Vilmos’ recent passing,” said Comweb/Whites Chairman & CEO, Paul Bronfman. “We have been in business together for 25 years in Sparks and I can say that Vilmos was one of the kindest, most accomplished and inspirational cinematographers of his time. He was also a terrific business partner who helped Whites gain respect throughout Europe and beyond. We wish to extend to his family and friends our deepest sympathies. We feel honoured and privileged to have been his partners.”

Zsigmond was not only well-known for his artistic merit, but also his multiple industry achievements, including his co-founding of the Global Cinematography Institute in Los Angeles with longtime business partner and friend, Yuri Neyman. He was also a member of the Board of Governors at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 2007. In fact, a survey conducted by the International Cinematographers Guild placed Zsigmond among the top 10 cinematographers in history. He has also been honoured with lifetime achievement awards from both the American Society of Cinematographers and Poland’s Camerimage International Film Festival.

vilmos2Zsigmond continued working into his 80s and most recently shot episodes for “The Mindy Project”, a popular comedy series which was picked up for a fourth season. At the time of his passing, he had 6 other projects lined up for 2016.

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William F. White International Mourns the Passing of Acclaimed Cinematographer, Business Partner and Friend, Vilmos Zsigmond (1930-2016)

Famed cinematographer and Oscar-winner Vilmos Zsigmond passed away on January 1st at the age of 85. A long-time business partner of Whites since 1991, Zsigmond was one of the founders and owners of our affiliate, Sparks Camera & Lighting Ltd., a leading Budapest, Hungary-based provider of top-notch professional production equipment servicing eastern and western European content creators since 1991. Sparks was originally co-founded through Whites as a joint business venture with Zsigmond.

When Zsigmond left Hungary in 1956, he quickly gained notoriety by working with many acclaimed directors including Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese and Michael Cimino, to name a few. After working with Spielberg on “The Sugarland Express”, one of his earliest features, they partnered again on “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, which awarded Zsigmond an Oscar for ‘Best Cinematography.’ Throughout his extensive career, he also received Oscar-nominations for “Deliverance”, “The Deer Hunter”, “The River” and “The Black Dahlia.”

“It saddens us to hear of Vilmos’ recent passing,” said Comweb/Whites Chairman & CEO, Paul Bronfman. “We have been in business together for 25 years in Sparks and I can say that Vilmos was one of the kindest, most accomplished and inspirational cinematographers of his time. He was also a terrific business partner who helped Whites gain respect throughout Europe and beyond. We wish to extend to his family and friends our deepest sympathies. We feel honoured and privileged to have been his partners.”

Zsigmond was not only well-known for his artistic merit, but also his multiple industry achievements, including his co-founding of the Global Cinematography Institute in Los Angeles with longtime business partner and friend, Yuri Neyman. He was also a member of the Board of Governors at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 2007. In fact, a survey conducted by the International Cinematographers Guild placed Zsigmond among the top 10 cinematographers in history. He has also been honoured with lifetime achievement awards from both the American Society of Cinematographers and Poland’s Camerimage International Film Festival.

vilmos2Zsigmond continued working into his 80s and most recently shot episodes for “The Mindy Project”, a popular comedy series which was picked up for a fourth season. At the time of his passing, he had 6 other projects lined up for 2016.

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