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“I Learned From the First Film Exactly What He Wants”: Jon Davey, Frederick Wiseman’s Longtime DP, Speaks

Frederick Wiseman and Jon Davey shooting 1991's Aspen

In another life, John Davey could have been a doctor. He was studying to become one in 1966 when a mining disaster struck the Welsh village of Aberfan, some 20 miles from his campus. Davey heard the news and set off to volunteer with a group of fellow med students. They didn’t know it at the time, but the avalanche had hit an elementary school, burying more than 100 children alive. Their job, it turned out, was to retrieve the bodies. The experience rattled Davey, who was just 19 at the time. “I realized,” he recalls now, “I wasn’t really […]

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