Jack Asher
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Born29 March 1916
DiedApril 1991 (1991-05) (aged 75)

Jack Asher B.S.C. (29 March 1916, London – 1991) was an English cinematographer. His brother Robert Asher was a film and TV director with whom he worked on several occasions.

He began his cinematic career as a camera operator, and made his first film as cinematographer or "lighting cameraman" on The Magic Bow (1946).

Asher is best remembered for his work on Hammer films, beginning with The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), the first of Hammer's gothic horrors, and the earliest colour version of the Frankenstein story. He was the director of photography on several of the colour Hammer horror films including Dracula (1958), The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), The Mummy (1959), The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960) and The Brides of Dracula (1960) as well as some of the company’s moody monochrome thrillers like The Camp on Blood Island and The Snorkel (both 1958).[1]

His style was characterized by a fantastical use of colours, such as non-realistic purples and greens.[2] Director Terence Fisher said of him, "Jack Asher had a very distinctive style of lighting, which was quite different from Arthur Grant's...(Who) had a more realistic approach to the situation. Jack Asher's was almost theatrical lighting with little tricks, like color slides placed over the lights and so on."[3]

Asher's non-Hammer films included The Good Die Young (1954) and Reach for the Sky (1956).

In 1964, he was nominated for a BAFTA for Best British Cinematography (Colour) for his work on The Scarlet Blade.


  1. ^ Born: 29 March 1916, LondonDied: April 1991, London (29 March 1916). "Jack Asher | BFI | BFI". Explore.bfi.org.uk. Archived from the original on 19 July 2012. Retrieved 13 April 2014.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "Jack Asher, cinematographer". Davidlrattigan.com. Retrieved 13 April 2014.
  3. ^ Jan Van Genechten. "Terence Fisher interview An afternoon in Holly Cottage in Little Shoppe of Horrors Richard Klemensen". Users.telenet.be. Retrieved 13 April 2014.