Gabriel Figueroa

Director of photography, Photographer, Musician
Preeminent Mexican cinematographer of the 1940s and 50s whose mastery of chiaroscuro earned him international acclaim. Figueroa appenticed in Hollywood under Gregg Toland and, after returning to Mexico, worked ... Read more »

Filmography

Camera, Film, & Tape (5)

Camelia (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

La Perla (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Pedro Paramo (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

Tarzan and the Mermaids (Movie)

(Cinematographer)

The Torch (Movie)

(Cinematographer)
Actor (1)

Mirage 1971 (Movie)

(Actor)

Biography

Preeminent Mexican cinematographer of the 1940s and 50s whose mastery of chiaroscuro earned him international acclaim. Figueroa appenticed in Hollywood under Gregg Toland and, after returning to Mexico, worked extensively with both Emilio Fernandez--for whom he shot "Maria Candelaria" (1943) and "Maclovia" (1948) among many others--and Luis Bunuel, with whom his collaborations include "Los Olvidados" (1950) and "Nazarin" (1958). John Ford's "The Fugitive" (1947) and John Huston's "Night of the Iguana" (1964) and "Under the Volcano" (1984) benefitted from Figueroa's brilliant compositions of his native Mexico.

Relationships

Father
died when Figueroa was seven

Mother
died while giving birth to Figueroa

Grandchild
had two survived him

Antonieta Flores de Figueroa

Wife
survived him

Gabriel Figueroa

Daughter
survived him

Maria Figueroa

Daughter
survived him

Tolita Figueroa

Daughter
survived him

EDUCATION

Conservatorio Nacional

Madrid

Conservatorio Nacional

Madrid

studied cinematography with Alex Phillips

Academio de San Carlos

Milestones

1946

Worked with Fernandez on "The Pearl"

1939

Best known for "La Noche de Los Mayas"

1936

Moved to Hollywood

1935

Hired as Hollywood assistant cameraman to Gregg Toland

1934

First film as cinematographer, "El Escandolo"

1934

First film credit, as still photographer, "Almas Encontradas"

1932

Entered film as assistant to Alex Phillips

Worked as still photographer at photographic studio

Bonus Trivia

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Earned Academy Award nomination in in 1964 for work on John Huston's "Night of the Iguana"

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