Howe, James Wong

Howe, James Wong (b. Wong Tung Jim)

(1899–1976) cinematographer; born in Canton, China. In the U.S.A. from the age of five, he entered films in 1917 and became a director of photography in 1922. A meticulous lighting cameraman, he was renowned for his low-key lighting and was a pioneer in hand-held cameras and deep focus. He won Academy Awards for his photography in The Rose Tattoo (1955) and Hud (1963) before turning to directing.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.