17.02.2016 - Michael Ballhaus, Jim Rakete
Recipient of an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement, and subject of this year’s Berlinale Homage, Michael Ballhaus is one of the world’s most important directors of photography. Before spending 25 years working primarily in the USA, Ballhaus established his reputation in Germany where he worked with, among others, auteur Rainer Werner Fassbinder, helping “Young German Cinema” achieve new artistic freedom. At the lens alongside great American directors such as Martin Scorsese, he had a decisive effect on the lighting and look of US moviemaking. Speaking with German photographer Jim Rakete, Ballhaus retraces key steps in his career, discusses the close collaboration between director and DOP and reflects on the art of using light, framing, focus and – above all – creativity to create the perfect image.