Dietrich Lohmann, a renowned German director of photography who was in the final weeks of filming “Deep Impact” for helmer Mimi Leder, died Nov. 13 at City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte following a brief battle with leukemia. He was 54.
Lohmann had recently served as the cinematographer on “The Peacemaker,” the first feature from DreamWorks SKG, and was a member of the Intl. Photographer’s Guild, Local 600.
Lohmann became known during the early films of German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder by helping the director realize the minimalist style that Fassbinder sought to achieve in his early films.
He was also instrumental in the works of virtually all of the important filmmakers of the New German Cinema.
The Berlin-born Lohmann attended the Berlin Film School, where he received mentoring from German greats Alexander Kluge, Werner Herzog and Volker Schlondorff.
Following graduation in 1969, Lohmann collaborated with Fassbinder on the black-and-white imagery for “Love Is Colder Than Death,” “Katzelmacher,” and “Gods of the Plague,” earning him West Germany’s Film Prize.
Lohmann’s collaboration with Fassbinder continued for the next four years, resulting in nine films, including “The American Soldier” (1970), “Rio das Mortes” (1971) and “Eight Hours Are Not a Day” (1972).
In 1986 Lohmann spent two years filming all of the European sequences for the 38-hour miniseries “War and Remembrance” for American TV, which earned him a 1988 ASC Award and an Emmy Award nomination.
Following that project, Lohmann relocated to Los Angeles, where he continued working predominantly with British, French and American directors on such films as “The Innocent,” “Snakes and Ladders,” “La Machine,” “Knight Moves” and “The Lover” (1990).
Lohmann is survived by his wife and a daughter.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to City of Hope Medical Center.