Born 1915 – Died 1972
One of the things that Hammer Films are most known for is their look. And one of the reasons for that is due to the cinematographer. Working with the director, they are the ones that created the way a scene looks when all is said and done. And one of the most prolific ones for Hammer was Arthur Grant. He started in the film business at the age of 14 and working his way up to director of photography, or DP as they were called. His first Hammer film was The Abominable Snowman (1957) and worked on many of their most popular films of the ’60s and into the ’70s, such as Curse of the Werewolf (1961), Paranoiac (1963), Plague of the Zombies (1966) and Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969). His last film was Demons of the Mind (1972).
The cameraman is one person that very seldom gets the credit they deserve. Sometimes what we seen on the screen might be more due to them than the director. Whether it be one of their black and white classics to their colorful Frankenstein pictures, Grant could make them look even better. And when you have films like the ones that Hammer was making, the look of the film is extremely important. And he never seemed to let Hammer, or their fans down.