Santosh Sivan inducted into American Society of Cinematographers
Published Apr 30 2012, 14:08 BST | By Priya Joshi Santosh Sivan
has been inducted into the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) for his outstanding work in film.
The ASC membership is extended to individuals through invitations from existing members.
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"I was first invited by American cinematographer Michael Chapman, who shot Taxi Driver
and Raging Bull
. Subsequently, two other members sponsored me. Then there was an interview that was reviewed by all ASC members," Sivan told IANS
director said he was informed about his selection last week, and it would be announced in the next issue of the ASC journal American Cinematographer
A graduate from the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune and a four-time National Award-winning cinematographer, Sivan has worked on 45 feature films and 41 documentaries in his career so far including Dil Se
and Phir Bhi Dil Hai Hindustani
Sivan dedicated the award to his father, who is also an award-winning producer and director.
"I want to dedicate this honour to my father, who was a regular reader of the American Cinematographer
," he said.
The acclaimed cinematographer added that he was deeply moved by a note send out by Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Beristain, who was present at the event.
"Everybody thanked us for proposing such an interesting and original mind to our organisation. Santosh Sivan was a big star at the membership meeting of the ASC last Saturday. He blew everybody away with his wit and phenomenal vision," Beristain said.
There are currently 302 cinematographers from 20 countries who are ASC members.
Sivan is the first South Asian to be given the prestigious membership of the American Society of Cinematographers.