2.12.1931 - 4.8.1997
RICHARD (DICK) HENRY BUSH BSC
After attending Plymouth Art College he was called up to serve in the Royal Military Police as an Officer after which he had various jobs, including working for Fry's Chocolate, and Clarks Shoes, where he began producing promotional films. This eventually landed him a job at the BBC Film Unit in 1961 shooting various film programs for BBC Television including Jonathan Miller’s eccentric Alice in Wonderland with a star studded cast for one showing at Christmas 1965 winning a BAFTA TV Award for Individual Honour in 1967.
Shortly after, he was elected to the British Society of Cinematographers and left the BBC to become freelance Director Photography on Take a Girl Like You (1969) with director Jonathan Miller. He followed that with films such as Laughter in the Dark (1969 directed by Tony Richardson); When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth (1970 Directed by Val Guest); Savage Messiah (1972) Mahler (1974) and Tommy (1975) all Directed by Ken Russell); Yanks (1979 BSC Best Cinematography Nomination) directed by John Schlesinger; Victor Victoria (1982 BSC Best Cinematography Nomination), The Trail of the Pink Panther (1982), The Curse of the Pink Panther (1983) and Son of the Pink Panther (1993) all for Blake Edwards.
And in 1996, he was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Photography in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for The Man in the Attic.
Bush was considered a highly inventive cinematographer. Director Jeremy Kagan, who directed “The Journey of Natty Gann” (Disney, 1985), said of Bush’s passing: “Dick Bush brilliantly executed conceptual ideas, translating them into images that are so arresting and surprising that I found myself greatly indebted to his vision.”
Bush spent an equal amount of time on both sides of the Atlantic, where he lensed both feature films and television shows.
Additional film credits include “The Fan” (1981), “Dracula A.D. 1972” (1972), “Sorcerer” (1977), directed by William Friedkin, “One Trick Pony” (1980) and “The Philadelphia Experiment” (1984).