The Shadowcatchers
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20px Anyone with an interest in movies, charismatic characters (Cinematographers) and fabulous locations (Australia) will want to get The Shadowcatchers. There's enough action, intrigue and adventure to fill a dozen best-selling novels. – Jon Fauer ASC, Editor/Publisher Film and Digital Times, New York 20px

This stylish and beautifully produced 288-page coffee table book (340 x 245 mm) contains over 380 photographs of working cinematographers taken on film sets from 1901 to the present, along with a ground-breaking historical text, biographies of significant Australian cinematographers, and fascinating personal anecdotes from some of the great characters of our industry.

Selected from private sources and from a range of institutional holdings, the images display the artistry of leading stills photographers, past and present. The result is an insiders’ view of what happens behind the camera: the highs and the lows, the changing culture and technology, the dangers, the commitment, the hard yakka, the relationships with directors, cast and crew, the incredible places cinematographers travel to and what it takes to get the shot.

Published by the Australian Cinematographers Society, The Shadowcatchers was written by film scholar and former cinematographer Martha Ansara, under the guidance of veteran members of the ACS. The book is produced to the highest possible standards, designed by ARMEDIA and printed on 150gsm Lumi art paper with a sewn binding.

It is available as a soft-cover standard edition retailing for $60 (plus $6 GST within Australia). Go to the purchase page to see the list of bookshops that are stocking the soft-cover standard edition.

– The hardbound limited edition for collectors, signed by the Society’s five Academy Award winning cinematographers, has sold out and is no longer available.


There have only been 1750 copies of the soft-cover standard edition printed and the 250 copies of the Collector’s Limited Edition have already sold out!


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