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1913

The Cinema Camera Club of New York and the Static Camera Club of America in Hollywood are organized. Among their accomplishments: diagnosis of the problem of “hot spots” on film caused by static electricity and the proposal of a solution.

1919

The American Society of Cinematographers founded by 15 members from both clubs. William S. Hart and Mary Pickford are the first producers to put the letters ASC after the cinematographer’s name in screen credits.

1920

First issue of American Cinematographer published in newsletter form.

1929

First Academy Awards ceremony held on May 16 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; first Oscars for best cinematography go to Charles Rosher and Karl Struss for “Sunrise.”

1937

ASC purchases former residence of film star Conrad Tearle in Hollywood and holds its first meeting in the new “ASC Clubhouse” on Feb. 28.

1939

Separate Oscars are awarded for color and black-and-white films for the first time. Gregg Toland receives an Oscar for black-and-white “Wuthering Heights.” Ernest Haller and Ray Rennahan share an Oscar for color film “Gone With the Wind.”

1955

On March 7, the Television Academy gives its first award for best direction of photography to Lester Shorr for 1954 series “Medic.”

1960

First edition of the “American Cinematographer Manual” (“the cameraman’s bible”) is printed.

1987

First ASC Awards for outstanding achievement in cinematography held at ASC Clubhouse on Feb. 28. Jordan Cronenweth wins for “Peggy Sue Got Married.”

2003

ASC Technology Committee formed.

2008

ASC hosts a groundbreaking ceremony on May 7, launching the renovation of its clubhouse.