Lisa Rinzler

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Lisa Rinzler (born November 30, 1955 in New Jersey ) is an American camerawoman and photographer . She has been involved in over 70 documentaries and feature films to date. She has been a member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 2005 .

life and work

Lisa Rinzler studied painting at the Pratt Institute in New York and then moved to the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University , where she graduated with a degree in cinematography .

After graduating, she worked as a camera assistant for Fred Murphy and Nancy Schreiber and was involved in the production of music videos. In 1979 the Brooklyn Academy of Music brought out the film Dance , a joint project between Lucinda Childs , Philip Glass and Sol LeWitt , which she co-directed with Sol LeWitt. In 1983 she photographed the videos for Mary Lucier's 2-channel installation Ohio Giverny , which was shown again in a single show at the 2017 LOOP Video Art Festival in Barcelona.

His first collaboration with Wim Wenders came in 1982 in his short film Reverse Angle. A letter from New York . Wenders calls his film "a reflection on filmmaking in Europe and America." In the following years she filmed a number of feature films and some documentaries, including a. on Robert Mapplethorpe (1982), William Carlos Williams (1986) and Lilyan Sievernich's John Huston and the Dubliners (1987). This film was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 1988 Sundance Film Festival .

In 1993 and 1995 she directed the camera for two feature films by the two Hughes brothers , Menace II Society (1993) and Dead Presidents (1995), for the former she was awarded the Independent Spirit Award for best camera. In 1994 she worked again with Wim Wenders on the film Lisbon Story and in 1999 she was also involved in Buena Vista Social Club . In 2002 she shot another Wim Wenders film - The Soul of a Man from the Martin Scorsese Presents the Blues series and in 2018 Pope Francis - A Man of His Word .

Lisa Rinzler has made a number of films about musicians, visual artists, photographers and filmmakers in the course of her career. In 1984 Robert Mapplethorpe directed the film Lady about his model Lisa Lyon with Lisa Rinzler at the film camera. Also in 1984 was Mapplethorpe's film Still Moving , a 16 mm black and white film about Patti Smith , in which Rinzler Mapplethorpe filmed Patti Smith in dialogue and when he was photographing the singer with his Hasselblad .

In 1989 Keith Griffiths shot the documentary Warhol's Cinema 1963-1968: Mirror for the Sixties with Rinzler at the camera in cooperation with The Factory , the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art . The film, produced for television, is occasionally shown in museums as part of Warhole exhibitions. In 2000, Ed Harris produced the award-winning film Pollock , in which he played Jackson Pollock and Rinzler directed the camera. This was followed in 2002 with The Soul of a Man , in 2004 with Lightning in a Bottle by Antoine Fuqua and in 2005 with Scorsese's documentary No Direction Home - Bob Dylan , in which she was part of Mustapha Barat's camera team, three other music films.

In 2015 Laura Israel and Lisa Rinzler visited the then 92-year-old Robert Frank , interviewed him and talked to him about his work as a photographer and about the stages in his life. The interview forms the basis for the documentary Dont't Blink - Robert Frank . Also in 2015, based on François Truffaut's book Mr. Hitchcock, How Did You Do It? produced the film Hitchcock / Truffaut , in which Truffaut talks about filmmaking in a 50-hour interview with Hitchcock . Lisa Rinzler was part of the six-person camera team in the Kent Jones-directed film. In 2016 she was part of Lisanne Skyler's camera team , who in her TV short film follows the path that Andy Warhol's Brillo Box (3 ¢ off) took on the art market, which was once owned by Skyler's parents. Skyler follows the career of this box (original price $ 200), which her parents once bought for $ 1,000 and which, after having worked in various galleries , was auctioned off at Christie's for $ 3.3 million in 2010 with a very personal perspective .


  • 1981: Inside Spakes , group show, MOMA New York
  • 2004: Lisa Rinzler. Forgotten suitcases, emotional baggage . New York State Museum
  • 2010: Lisa Rinzler's The Grass Is Green , Frank Pictures Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
  • 2011: Lisa Rinzler, Photographs on Glass , Frank Pictures Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
  • 2018: Richard Kroehling, Dollarland , 13-channel installation, Woodstock Artists Association & Museum


  • Vincent LeBrutto: Principal Photography: Interviews with Feature Film Cinematographers . London, Westport CT .: Praeger 1999.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. IMDb
  2. Lisa Rinzler in: International Encyclopedia of Cinematographers, accessed on August 1, 2018
  3. Vincent LeBrutto: Principal Photography: Interviews with Feature Film Cinematographers. London, Westport Ct .: Praeger 1999. p. 212
  4. John Rockwell, 'Dance': Lucinda Childs and Company The New York Times, December 1, 1979, accessed August 5, 2018
  5. ^ Video Rewind Mary Lucier , accessed July 25, 2018.
  6. IMDb
  7. ^ Wim Wenders Foundation, Reverse Angle; Quotation , accessed July 25, 2018.
  8. ^ Sundance Film Festival 1988 - Official Selection , accessed August 5, 2018.
  9. ^ The Soul of A Man, two thousand and one film lexicon
  10. Frances Terpak, Michelle Brunick: Robert Mapplethorpe. Archives. New Haven: Yale Univ. Press 2016. p. 72
  11. ^ WorldCat
  12. IMDb
  13. IMDb
  14. Grandfilm. Don't Bilnk, Robert Frank , accessed August 10, 2018.
  15. Brillo Box (3 ¢ off), Creative team , accessed August 13, 2018.
  16. Director's statement , accessed August 13, 2018.
  17. New HBO Documentary Traces Warhol's Rise Through the Madcap Journey of One $ 3 Million Brillo Box artnet, accessed August 13, 2018.
  18. MoMA Exhibition Spelunker, Lisa Rinzler , accessed on August 6, 2018.
  19. ^ The Community Consortium Projects , accessed August 6, 2018.
  20. Photographs of Rediscovered Ephemera from Mental Patients at Frank Pictures Gallery ,, accessed August 6, 2018
  21. Exhibits Santa Monica Mirror, December 2012, accessed August 5, 2018
  22. Richard Kroehling and Lisa Rinzler's Dollar Country, accessed on August 6, 2018