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The lord of light | Cinema

Robert Richardson, 63, has won the Academy Award for cinematography three times, for JFK (1991), The Aviator (2004) and Hugo (2011). He received a Lifetime Achievement award from the American Society of Cinematographers in March. We caught up with him on a brief visit to Delhi.

Q. You've been a cinematogra­pher for nearly four decades. The technology has changed a fair bit. Has what makes a good cinematographer changed?

The techniques have changed. The speed of film altered first. In the studio system, with highlighting, to trying to do no

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