Today s Google Doodle celebrates the 118th birthday of one of the greatest cinematographers, James Wong Howe. The Google Doodle represents a young James Wong Howe in an oil painting canvas for his cinematography. During his long career, Howe won two Academy Awards for cinematography, from a total of ten nominations. Also Read - HP Chromebook 11a review: Great for students, not so for professionalsAlso Read - Happy Father's Day 2021: Google Doodle wishes dads with cute pop-up greeting card
Born as Wong Tung Jim in Canton (now Guangzhou), China, he moved to the US at the age of five to join his father. His first moment with photography was when he purchased a Kodak Brownie camera when he was 12. Howe later met a cameraman, and his career began to take shape as he started learning about movie cameras, lighting equipment, and film-development process at the studios .
Howe rose to fame when he photographed Mary Miles Minter and made her blue eyes look dark, which couldn t be achieved on film. Howe became Minter s cameraman with the task to make her blue eyes dark on motion picture film as well. Having realized that a piece of black velvet helped bring the shadow effect on Minter s eyes, he used the same technique on the camera and was successful. Word spread out, and more actors reached out to him making his career as a cinematographer. ALSO READ: Google Doodle dedicated to Marshall McLuhan, the man who predicted internet 30 years before invention
As Howe s career expanded in motion picture film, Hollywood soon advanced to bring in sound to movies. Even so, Howe s skill and talent was recognized and his successful career continued at Hollywood. Howe s expertise is seen in using shadow, deep-focus cinematography, and low-contrast lighting. Howe s success as one of the most famous cameraman in the 1930s was beyond Hollywood as this era in the US was filled with racism. He stood out as he drove a Duesenberg, while his fellow Chinese were doing odd jobs like gardening and house work. ALSO READ: Eva Ekeblad s 293rd birthday celebrated with a Google doodle