Star Wars and Rembrandt
Suschitzky is known for his work on films such as Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Mars Attacks!, and as cinematographer (director of photography) on 11 of David Cronenberg’s films. 'If Rembrandt were alive today, I believe he might have been a cinematographer,' says Jennifer Scott, Sackler director of Dulwich Picture Gallery and co-curator of Rembrandt’s Light. 'As our exhibition explores, he used light to transport the viewer into the narrative.'
'I have been inspired by the work of the greatest Old Masters throughout my life,' said Suschitzky. 'Rembrandt seems to me to have been striving to find a universal truth in the human condition and used light to create motion and emotion. This parallels cinematography, where sculpting light and directing the gaze of the viewer to the desired place in an image is essential for powerful storytelling.'