Top image: Still, ‘Paris, Texas’ (1984) dir. Wim Wenders
Known for his collaborations with Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch, Dutch cinematographer Robby Müller has died at the age of 78. Dutch publication Het Parool reports that he died at his home in Amsterdam, after several years of vascular dementia.
Nicknamed ‘master of light’, Müller was best known for his peerless camerawork and expressive use of natural light and colour. Having began his career as director of photography on Wim Wenders’ 1970 debut Summer in the City, the pair would go on to make ten films together – including Palm d’Or winner Paris, Texas.
The cinematographer also worked on films by Michelangelo Antonioni, Michael Winterbottom, Lars Von Trier and Jim Jarmusch. It was with the latter he became particularly associated with, shooting Mystery Train, Dead Man, Down by Law and Müller’s final feature film credit for Jarmusch’s 2003 anthology Cigarettes & Coffee.
“Generally, we tried to keep thinking on our feet, so anything was changeable,” Jarmusch said in a 2016 New York Times feature on Müller. “He taught me later a lot about color, as well, and how it relates to your emotions, or how the sky at magic hour changes every 10 seconds and becomes a different shade.