Born October 30, 1930, in Barcelona, Spain; immigrated to Cuba, 1948; died March 4, 1992, in New York, NY. Cinematographer. Almendros was an acclaimed cinematographer best known for his natural lighting techniques. In such films asKramer vs. Kramer, Sophie's Choice, and Days of Heaven, for which he won an Academy Award, Almendros photographed oftentimes simple pictures--like an empty apartment or a close-up of a face--that seemed to express the atmosphere of the film. Almendros started his career making film shorts during the mid-1950s, then saw his cinematic career launched in the mid-1960s, when director Eric Rohmer hired him to film Paris vu par. Almendros followed as cinematographer on films of several noted European directors, including Francois Truffaut and Claude Chabrol. By the mid-1970s Almendros had cometo the United States, where he shot such features as Still of the Night,Places in the Heart, Goin' South, 1991's Billy Bathgate, and someretakes of The Mambo Kings. In 1980, he saw the publication of his autobiography, A Man with a Camera, which recounted his career up to thatpoint.