Cinema Verite star Leacock dies at 89

The British cinematographer passed away at his home in Paris, France on Wednesday (23Mar11) following months of ill health, according to his daughter Victoria Leacock Hoffman.

Leacock was an early pioneer of the unobtrusive Cinema Verite camera technique, which inspired famed filmmakers including Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut and is said to have paved the way for reality television.

Leacock’s most famous work remains his 1960 documentary Primary, which covered the Wisconsin Primary election battle between John F. Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey as they vied for the Democrat party nomination for President of the United States.

Leacock is survived by his wife, Valerie Lalond, daughter Victoria, and a son, Robert Leacock.