Victor J. Kemper
Victor Jay Kemper

(1927-04-14) April 14, 1927 (age 94)
Years active1967–2006
President of the American Society of Cinematographers
In office
Preceded byWilliam A. Fraker
Succeeded byOwen Roizman
In office
Preceded byWoody Omens
Succeeded bySteven B. Poster

Victor Jay Kemper (born April 14, 1927) is a retired American cinematographer.

Life and career

Kemper was born in Newark, New Jersey, the son of Florence (née Freedman) and Louis Kemper.[1] He is a graduate of Seton Hall University.

As a cinematographer, Kemper collaborated extensively with director Arthur Hiller. Kemper worked with the leading directors of the 1970s including John Cassavetes, Sidney Lumet, Anthony Harvey, Michael Ritchie, Ulu Grosbard, Peter Yates, Karel Reisz, Elaine May, J. Lee Thompson, Elia Kazan, George Roy Hill, Robert Wise, Carl Reiner, Bob Rafelson, Irvin Kershner, Richard Attenborough, and Norman Jewison.

He is a member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC), and was its president twice, from 1993 to 1996, and from 1999 to 2001.


Awards and nominations

Institution Year Category Work Result
Primetime Emmy Awards 1987 Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Special Kojak: The Price of Justice Nominated
American Society of Cinematographers 1988 Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Mini-Series or Specials Nominated
1998 Lifetime Achievement Award N/A Won


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  4. ^ Maslin, Janet. "Movie Review:'The Jerk'" The New York Times, December 14, 1979
  5. ^ Maslin, Janet (August 9, 1980). "Xanadu (1980) MISS NEWTON-JOHN IN 'XANADU'". The New York Times.