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Kaufman, Boris



  • Existence: 1906 - 1980


Boris Kaufman (1906-1980), a cinematographer, was born and raised in Bialystok, in the northeastern part of modern-day Poland and, following WWI, educated and trained in France. He is well known for his work with Jean Vigo in France from the late 1920s to the mid 1930s and for his work with Elia Kazan and Sidney Lumet in the U.S. in the 1950s and 1960s; Kazan's On the Waterfront (1954) won an Academy Award for best black-and-white cinematography. Kaufman was the youngest of three brothers, including filmmaker Denis Kaufman (who adopted the name Dziga Vertov) and cinematographer Mikhail Kaufman.

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Boris Kaufman papers

Call Number: GEN MSS 562

The Boris Kaufman Papers contain professional papers, correspondence, writings, and other material documenting the life and work of cinematographer Boris Kaufman, as well as film production and cinematographic practice in France and the United States during the middle decades of the 20th century.

Dates: 1836-2004