Cinematographer and director Jack Cardiff, who actress Marilyn Monroe once described as “the best in the world”, has died aged 94. He was best known for his work on movies such as The African Queen and Sons and Lovers, and was awarded an Oscar for Black Narcissus in 1948. The filmmaker was also presented with an Honorary Oscar in 2001.
Born to two music hall artists, he grew up in the theatre, resulting in a showbusiness career spanning 90 years. He moved into film as a runner on the 1928 drama The Informer, then progressed to work as a camera operator and, eventually, cinematographer.
In 1937 he shot Wings of the Morning, the first film in Britain to be shot in Technicolor. He also worked with cinema greats Laurence Olivier and Marilyn Monroe in the 1957 movie The Prince and the Showgirl. He was made an OBE in 2000.