Billy Bitzer, American cinematographer

Billy Bitzer, American cinematographer

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Caption: Billy Bitzer (1872-1944), American cinematographer, seated at a movie projector, photographed by Edward Lynch in the 1930s. Gottfried Wilhelm Billy Bitzer was a pioneering cinematographer notable for his close association with the writer, director and producer D. W. Griffith. Blitzer is known for innovations such as the fade out to close a movie scene, the iris shot, soft focus, artificial lighting and numerous other techniques.

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