The American Society of Cinematographers has tapped Michael Ballhaus as the recipient of its 2007 International Achievement Award.
The kudo, to be presented at the ASC’s awards gala on Feb. 18 at the Century Plaza, recognizes contributions to advancing the global art of filmmaking.
Ballhaus received Oscar noms for “Broadcast News,” “The Fabulous Baker Boys” and “Gangs of New York.” Other credits include “The Departed,” “The Color of Money,” “Postcards from the Edge,” “Goodfellas,” “Air Force One,” “Primary Colors,” “The Age of Innocence,” “Quiz Show” and “Something’s Gotta Give.”
He’s the first German recipient of the award. Previous winners include Freddie Young, Jack Cardiff, Gabriel Figueroa, Henri Alekan, Raoul Coutard, Freddie Francis, Giuseppe Rotunno, Oswald Morris, Billy Williams, Douglas Slocombe, Witold Sobocinski, Miroslav Ondricek, Tonino Delli Colli and Gilbert Taylor.
“Michael Ballhaus was chosen for this tribute by his peers who are both awed and inspired by the breadth and scope of his artistry,” said Russ Alsobrook, chairman of the org’s awards committee.
Ballhaus was born in Berlin in 1935 to parents who were actors. In 1947, his family moved into a castle that had a stage and rooms for 20 actors, where his parents performed and staged plays.
Ballhaus worked as an instructor at a film school in Berlin during the late 1960s and began a nine-year collaboration with writer-director R.W. Fassbinder in 1970, covering 15 films including “The Marriage of Maria Braun,” “Martha” and “Fox and His Friends.”
Ballhaus shot his first American film, “Dear Mr. Wonderful,” in 1982. He subsequently shot another 35 films with other American directors, including seven with Martin Scorsese.