Freddie Young

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Freddie Young
Born Frederick A. Young
(1902-10-09)9 October 1902
London, England
Died 1 December 1998(1998-12-01) (aged 96)
Nationality British
Occupation Cinematographer
Years active 1920–1983
Children Michael Young 1937
Awards Best Cinematography
1962 Lawrence of Arabia
1965 Doctor Zhivago
1970 Ryan's Daughter

Frederick A. Young, OBE, BSC (9 October 1902 – 1 December 1998), (often credited as F.A. Young) was a British cinematographer. He is probably best known for his work on David Lean's films Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Ryan's Daughter (1970), all three of which won him Academy Awards for Best Cinematography.

He was also director of photography on more than 130 films, including many other notable productions, such as Goodbye, Mr Chips (1939), 49th Parallel (1941), Lust for Life (1956), The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958), Lord Jim (1965), Battle of Britain (1969), Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), and the James Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967). He was also the first British cinematographer to film in CinemaScope.

Young co-wrote The Work of the Motion Picture Cameraman, with Paul Petzold, published in 1972 (Focal Press, London).

In 2003, a survey conducted by the International Cinematographers Guild placed Young among the ten most influential cinematographers in history.[1]

He was awarded The Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship (HonFRPS) in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography in 1996/97.[2]

In 1984, Young directed his only film as at the age of 82, Arthur's Hallowed Ground, starring Jimmy Jewel, which was made for television.

Selected films


  1. ^ "Top 10 Most Influential Cinematographers Voted on by Camera Guild," October 16, 2003.. Retrieved 28 January 2011.
  2. ^ Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Award. Retrieved 13 August 2012

External links

  • Freddie Young at the BFI's Screenonline. Biography and filmography
  • Freddie Young on IMDb
  • The Making of Lawrence of Arabia, Digitised BAFTA Journal, Winter 1962-3, including article by Freddie Young
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