Cinematographer and director Leonard Hirschfield, who shot early independent classic “David and Lisa,” died Aug. 15 in New York after a long illness. He was 80.
He worked with director Frank Perry on the 1962 drama “David and Lisa” about young people in a mental institution, and was also DP for Perry’s “Ladybug Ladybug,” the 1963 film about the threat of nuclear attack and its impact on a school.
He also directed the 1966 film “Steps,” starring Irene Papas.
For most of his career, he was a cinematographer or producer and director of television commercials. One of his largest projects was directing a team of seven cinematographers in the 1970 production of a commercial for the Advertising Council and the National Urban Coalition, in which 100 celebrities sang “Let The Sunshine In” in a bid for racial harmony.
He won CLIO awards for commercials for Sprite, Volkswagen and others.
More recently, Hirschfield was second unit director of photography for director George Cosmatos’ films, “Tombstone” in 1993, starring Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer, and ” Shadow Conspiracy,” 1997, starring Charlie Sheen and Donald Sutherland.
A native of Pittsburgh, PA, he attended film school at USC.
He is survived by a son, four grandchildren and a sister.
A memorial service will be held at Davis Park, Fire Island, on Sept. 7.