Joseph LaShelle

Joseph LaShelle, A.S.C.

Promotional Portrait, shown with Fox's proprietary Fox Studio Camera
Born (1900-07-09)July 9, 1900
Los Angeles, California, United States
Died August 20, 1989(1989-08-20) (aged 89)
La Jolla, California, USA
Occupation Cinematographer
Awards Best Black and White Cinematography
1945 Laura

Joseph LaShelle, A.S.C. (July 9, 1900 - August 20, 1989) was a Los Angeles born film cinematographer.[1]

He won an Academy Award for Laura (1944), and was nominated on eight additional occasions.


LaShelle's first job in the film industry was as an assistant in the Paramount West Coast Studio lab in 1920. Instead of going to college as planned he remained in the film industry after a promotion to supervisor of the printing department.

In 1925 Charles G. Clarke convinced him he should be a cameraman. He went to work with Clarke and after 3 months he was promoted to 2nd cameraman and he worked for various cinematographers at the Hollywood Metropolitan Studios. LaShalle was transferred from Metropolitan to Pathé where he began a 14 years association with Arthur C. Miller. He later went with Miller to Fox Films.[2]

After working as a camera operator on such Fox productions as How Green Was My Valley (1941) and The Song of Bernadette (1943) he was promoted and became a cinematographer in 1943. He was a member of the A.S.C.[3]

Some of his well known work include the film noirs: Laura (1944), for which he won an Oscar, Fallen Angel (1945), and Road House (1948). He is remembered for his work with Otto Preminger.




LaShelle also worked in television, such as the first episode of The Twilight Zone in 1959 ("Where Is Everybody?").





  1. Joseph LaShelle at the Internet Movie Database.
  2. Steeman, Albert. Internet Encyclopedia of Cinematographers, "Joseph LaShelle page," Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 2007. Last accessed: December 13, 2007.
  3. Katz's Film Encyclopedia at Last accessed: December 13, 2007.
  4. Goble, Alan. The Complete Index to World Film, since 1885. 2008. Index home page.

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