Cinematographer for ‘Lord of the Rings,’ ‘The Hobbit’ dies at 59

Kayla Shea
Arts & Life Editor

Cinematographer for “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit,” Andrew Lesnie, died at the age of 59.
The Australian native suffered from a heart attack in his Sydney home Monday.

Lesnie was a member of both the Australian Cinematographers Society and the American Society of Cinematographers. He was inducted into the Australian Cinematographers Society Hall of Fame in 2002.

Lesnie’s career began in 1978 as an assistant camera operator. His talents were first recognized for the 1995 film “Babe,” which told the story of a pig raised by sheepdogs. Lesnie had an ability to bring life into the scene and was able to capture emotions unlike any other.

Lesnie received the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on “The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring.” He worked with New Zealand director Peter Jackson on both the “Lord of the Rings” series and “The Hobbit.”

Jackson told the Associated Press that he considered Lesnie a brother. On his Facebook page, Jackson described Lesnie’s unique work.

“Andrew created unforgettable, beautiful images on screen, and he did this time and again, because he only ever served what he believed in — he was his own artist, separate from me, but always working generously to make what we were trying to create together better,” wrote Jackson in a post.

Lesnie’s most recent work was on “The Water Diviner,” which was Russell Crowe directorial debut. In a tweet, Crowe described Lesnie as “the master of the light.”

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