Top Cinematographer Amnon Salomon, Dies at 71

Over the course of his career, Solomon filmed some 65 movies, of which the most famous included 'Haham Gamliel' (1973 ), 'Charlie Ve'hetzi' (1973 ), 'Beyond the Walls' (1985 ), 'Alex is Lovesick' (1986 ) and 'Cup Final' (1992 ).

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Amnon Salomon, one of Israel's leading cinematographers, died yesterday in Bat Yam at the age of 71 following a long battle with cancer.

Over the course of his career, Solomon filmed some 65 movies, of which the most famous included "Haham Gamliel" (1973 ), "Charlie Ve'hetzi" (1973 ), "Beyond the Walls" (1985 ), "Alex is Lovesick" (1986 ) and "Cup Final" (1992 ). His final film was made in 2010 - Dover Koshashvili's "Infiltration."

Scene from the classic Israeli film 'Alex Is Lovesick'.Credit: Haaretz

Born in Tel Aviv in 1940, Salomon began his career in Geva Studios as an assistant to photographer David Gurfinkel. He later became Geva's news photographer, and then, after meeting Jacques Katmor, became one of the group of avant-garde artists known as "Ha'ayin Hashlishit" ("The Third Eye" ).

Katmor directed the first movie Salomon filmed, "Mikreh Isha" (1970 ). Over the ensuing four decades, Salomon, who was known for his expressive cinematography, filmed both popular and critical hits. In 2003, the Israel Film Academy gave him a special lifetime achievement award.

In recent years, alongside his cinematography jobs, Salomon had worked on writing a screenplay based on the story of his life. He had planned to direct the film, and had lined up Iftach Ophir and Avi Pnini to play his character at different stages of his life.

"He was an outstanding professional, and on top of that, a very pleasant person on the set," said director Eitan Green, two of whose movies were filmed by Salomon. "He had the ability to understand the director's desire and become immersed in it, to understand in depth what he wanted and translate it into photography."

Yet at the same time, Green added, "Amnon always knew how to preserve his own style."

Salomon will be buried today at 2 P.M. in the Kiryat Shaul cemetery in Jerusalem.