Sven Nykvist

About Sven Nykvist

Who is it?: Cinematographer
Birth Day: December 03, 1922
Birth Place: Moheda, Kronobergs län, Sweden, Swedish
Died On: 20 September 2006(2006-09-20) (aged 83)\nStockholm, Sweden
Birth Sign: Capricorn
Occupation: Cinematographer
Spouse(s): Ulla Söderlind (m. 1952–1968) Ulrika Nykvist
Children: Carl-Gustaf Nykvist

Sven Nykvist Net Worth

Sven Nykvist was bornon December 03, 1922 in Moheda, Kronobergs län, Sweden, Swedish, is Cinematographer. Sven Vilhem Nykvist was a distinguished Swedish cinematographer best known for his work with Swedish director, writer and producer Ingmar Bergman. Nykvist, who started his career as assistant cameraman in the early 1940s went on to become one of the most influential and successful cinematographers. He was counted by many in the entertainment industry as one of the all-time great cinematographers of the world. In a career span of around five decades he worked with several eminent national and international directors like Ingmar Bergman, Alf Sjöberg, Woody Allen, Richard Attenborough, Philip Kaufman and Bob Fosse encompassing over 120 films. He was specially noted for his subtle use of light in his camera work that enhanced the emotional tone of characters as well as mood of the scene while keeping the most simplest and natural look plausible. He had worked in some of the greatest films of Bergman, of which two films namely ‘Cries and Whispers’ (‘Viskningar och rop) and ‘Fanny and Alexander’ (‘Fanny och Alexander’) won him the ‘Academy Award for Best Cinematography’ in 1973 and 1983 respectively. Some of the notable films that included his cinematographic contributions were ‘Black Moon’, ‘The sacrifice’, ‘The Unbearable Lightness of Being’, ‘Crimes and Misdemeanors’ and ‘Chaplin’. A survey by the ‘International Cinematographers Guild’ conducted in 2003 listed him among history’s 10 most influential cinematographers.
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💰 Net worth: $12 Million

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Biography/Timeline

1941

In 1941, he became an assistant cameraman at Sandrews studio, working on The Poor Millionaire. He moved to Italy in 1943 to work at Cinecittà Studios, returning to Sweden two years later. In 1945, aged 23, he became a full-fledged Cinematographer, with his first solo credit on The Children from Frostmo Mountain.

1953

Back in Sweden, he began to work with the Director Ingmar Bergman in 1953 on Sawdust and Tinsel (released in the US as The Naked Night). He was one of three cinematographers to work on that film, the others being Gunnar Fischer and Hilding Bladh.

1959

Nykvist would eventually become Bergman's full-time Cinematographer and push the director's work in a new direction, away from the theatrical look of his earlier films. He worked as sole cameraman on Bergman's Oscar-winning films The Virgin Spring in 1959 and Through a Glass Darkly in 1960. He revolutionised the way faces are shot in close-up with Bergman's psychologic drama Persona in 1966.

1960

After working with other Swedish Directors, including Alf Sjöberg on The Judge (1960) and Mai Zetterling on Loving Couples (1964), he then worked in the United States and elsewhere, on: Richard Fleischer's The Last Run (1971); Louis Malle's Black Moon (1975) and Pretty Baby (1978); Roman Polanski's The Tenant (1976); Jan Troell's Hurricane (1979); Bob Rafelson's version of The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981); Agnes of God (1985); Woody Allen's Another Woman (1988) and Crimes and Misdemeanors (1989); Richard Attenborough's Chaplin (1992); Nora Ephron's Sleepless in Seattle (1993); and Lasse Hallström's What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993).

1973

Nykvist won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for two of his films: Cries and Whispers (1973), and Fanny and Alexander (1982), both of which were Bergman films. At the 9th Guldbagge Awards in 1973 he won the Special Achievement award for his work on Cries and Whispers. He was also nominated for a Cinematography Oscar for The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), and in the category of Best Foreign Language Film for The Ox (1991), in which he directed Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann.

1982

His ex-wife, Ulrika, died in 1982. Nykvist's career was brought to a sudden end in 1998 when he was diagnosed with aphasia, and he died in 2006, aged 83.

1986

He won a special prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his work on The Sacrifice (1986), the last film of the Russian Director Andrei Tarkovsky. He was the first European Cinematographer to join the American Society of Cinematographers, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the ASC in 1996.

1989

He is survived by his son, Carl-Gustaf Nykvist, who directed his first film, Woman on the Roof, in 1989 and directed a documentary about his Father, Light Keeps Me Company, 1999.

1999

He wrote three books, including Curtain Call in 1999.

2003

His work is generally noted for its naturalism and simplicity. He is considered by many to be one of the greatest cinematographers of all time. In 2003, Nykvist was judged one of history's ten most influential cinematographers in a survey conducted by the International Cinematographers Guild.