This leading Polish cinematographer has worked repeatedly with such distinguished directors as Jerzy Skolimowski, Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zanussi and Roman Polanski. Witold Sobocinski trained as a cameraman at the Lodz Film School, graduating in 1956. Even before his graduation, he was working as a lighting director and camera operator with Lodz TV, and, from 1959-1964, he worked at Czolowka Film Studios. By 1962, he was a director of photography on feature films, although it was not until Jerzy Skolimowski's "Recy do Gory/Hands Up!" (1967) that Sobocinski headed down the path of cinematography full time. He has often handled period pieces with great vibrancy. Sobocinski worked with Skolimowski again on "The Adventures of Gerard" (1970), a visually stunning, bustling spoof of the Napoleon era, and on "Torrents of Spring" (1989), an adaptation of an Ivan Turgenev story, that was full of yellow palettes. Sobocinski shared credit on Andrzej Wajda's "Ziemia Obiecana/Land of Promise" (1975), which earned an Oscar nomination as Best Foreign-Language Film.