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People in Film | Harris Savides

Posted December 01, 2010 to photo album "People in Film | Harris Savides"

We turn the lens on Harris Savides, the acclaimed cinematographer of Sofia Coppola’s award-winning film Somewhere.

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Harris Savides | The MTV Music Video Awards

Harris Savides | The MTV Music Video Awards

Working with the decades’s top directors — including Jonathan Glazer, Michel Gondry, Jean-Baptiste Mondino, Sophie Muller, Bruce Weber, and Peter Care — Harris Savides became one of the most celebrated cinematographers working in music video. In 1994 alone, his work occupied three of the five slots on the MTV Music Video Awards. (He won that year for R.E.M.’s “Everybody Hurts,” and he would win again for Madonna’s “Rain” in 1995 and Fiona Apple’s “Criminal” in 1998.) Other music video highpoints include two for director Mark Romanek (Madonna’s “Bedtime Stories” and Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer”) that were acquired for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art. When asked to cite a favorite music video, he names “Closer” but also one of his firsts — “Goin’ out West,” directed by Jesse Dylan for a Tom Waits song. “One take,” he remarked to Moving Image Source. “It’s just this nice experiment.” Although Savides still does the occasional music video — he shot the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ “Desecration Smile” video for Gus Van Sant in 2007 — he’s been put off by the medium’s declining budgets and scaled back creative ambitions. “I'd like to do them again,” he said in the Moving Image Source interview. “It's just I think the whole business changed.”