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In Memoriam
Herbert S. Alpert, ASC, CSC, who shot numerous documentaries and features such as TheHired Gun (1961), and was a founding member of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers, died Feb. 20 at the age of 93. Alpert was born on N ov. 26, 1918 in New Haven, Conn. He began working as a camera assistant at the age of 18, and in his early 20s he began notching credits as a director of photography. His career was put on hiatus when the United States entered World War II; from 1942 through 1945, he served in the U.S. Army Air Force Special Services. Returning to civilian life, Alpert settled in New York City, where he found steady work as a cameraman on industrial, training, educational and advertising films, as well as documentaries. In 1955, he moved to Toronto, Canada, where he served as the cinematographer for Meridian Films on a host of commercials, television programs, documentaries and theatrical shorts. In 1957, Alpert approached fellow cinematographers M. Jackson-Samuels, Fritz Spiess and Bob Brooks and formed the CSC. In a history of that organization posted on its website, Alpert noted, “Britain had the BSC, [and] the Americans, of course, were the prime movers in that area with the ASC…. I thought it was time, in spite of the fact there were only about a dozen cinematographers around whom I knew, that we, too, should have some standards and a fraternal association.” Alpert was appointed the first president pro-tem, and Brooks was later elected his successor. Alpert’s credits in the 1950s and 1960s included the features A Dangerous

Herbert S. Alpert, ASC, CSC, 1918-2012
Age, Young and the Beat and A Cool Sound from Hell , all directed by Sidney Furie; Bloody Brood and The Mask, both directed by Julian Roffman; and the TV series Mr. Piper. In 1960, Alpert was named director of film production at Meridian Films. Two years later he went freelance, and in 1964, he accepted a position as head of the camera department for Monarch Films. During this time, he also served as a special business representative for IATSE Local 644 in Toronto. Alpert became a member of the ASC on July 7, 1964, following the recommendation of Society fellow James Gordon. “This has been a fond dream for many years,” Alpert wrote to ASC President Hal Mohr. “If I should be honored and privileged with an invitation to membership, I pledge myself to uphold to the highest the traditions and service of the Society.” After he received his official invitation to join, Alpert wrote to Mohr, “To describe my state of being as ‘thrilled’ would be very much understating it. Thank you.” In 1997, during the CSC’s 40th anniversary awards gala, Alpert was presented with the Fuji Award in recognition of his contributions to the CSC. Eleven years later, at the age of 89, he asked the ASC to place him on the list of its retired members. “As I approach my 90th birthday, it is time to retire,” he wrote. “It has been my honor and pleasure to have been a member of the Society these many years. May I wish continued success to all the members.” Alpert is survived by a daughter, Nancy. — Jon D. Witmer ●

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Contents
Editor’s Note
President’s Desk
Short Takes: M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls”
Production Slate: Person of Interest • The Raven
Harsh Realms
Wild Passion
Tales of Ordinary Madness
Top of Their Class
Center Stage for Cinematographers
Post Focus: Technicolor Restores Wings
New Products & Services
International Marketplace
Classified Ads
Ad Index
In Memoria: Ric Waite, ASC; Herbert S. Alpert, ASC, CSC
Clubhouse News
ASC Close-Up: Darius Khondji
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