Visiting David Samuelson
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Written by: Mark Lyndon, London
W. Samuelson born 1924.
The term genius is applied to many of the most talented in the world.
Nevertheless, it still comes as a shock to meet a genuine, authentic, 24
carat genius. We were granted a great privilege in being given an interview
with one of the Film and Television industry's greats.
David Samuelson is a great man whose work and inventions have changed the
way we see the world, through the eye of the moving image camera.
As a news cameraman, his reportage was always fresh, immediate and
compelling. From maritime disasters to high performance military aircraft
catastrophies, he told the story to the world through his lens, at no small
risk to himself. He covered the most important events, such as the Queen's
Coronation and ceremonies involving the greatest statesmen, such as
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David Samuelson: A Lifetime
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W. Samuelson with his Academy Award.
He pioneered the use of CinemaScope in capturing the first footage of Her
Majesty at the races. David was always the man on the spot, the man with the
scoop. His television camerawork for shows such as Candid Camera,
incorporated the disciplines he had acquired and honed, in catching the news
as it unfolded. There were no second takes. Candid Camera, for which he had
created that special look, never looked so newly minted and edgy in
subsequent series. David had moved on.
These days, David is confined to a wheelchair in a care home in North
London, complete with fiercely protective staff. Luckily, on the day, they
came to accept and even welcome our presence. We were here to bear witness
to greatness. David Samuelson retains a dogged and defiant Churchillian
spirit - a point blank refusal to bow to the ravages of time and fortune.
Lyndon, David W.
Samuelson and Thomas Hauerslev with OSCAR.
David shared an Oscar with Jean Marie Lovalou and Alain Masseron for his
to the development of their brainchild, the Louma Crane for which he
developed the remote control system.
of moving pictures, worldwide, has changed radically and dramatically as a
result of the widespread use of the Louma crane. No football match or
feature film is complete without the Louma crane capturing that thrilling
goal or tingling spell by Harry Potter. Through the visionary magic of the
Louma crane, the world, his wife and their children have all come to share
in David Samuelson's vision.
The world owes him much.
Coming Soon: David Samuelson: A Lifetime with the
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