British cinematographer John Cabrera died on Good Friday April 18, 2014 in Denia Spain at the age of 89.
John photographed many films during his career including ‘Gengis Khan’, ‘Paper Tiger’, ‘The Man Called Noon’ and ‘The Call of the Wild’ as well as undertaking 2nd unit on ‘Conan the Barbarian’ and ‘Caravan to Vaccares’ amongst others. Elected to the British Society of Cinematographers in 1970, he will be sadly missed by his fellow members.
John was presented a Medal of Honour which was presented to him by the city of Denia, Spain in recognition of the contributions he had made to the city’s fortunes when the filming of the Samuel Bronston production, “John Paul Jones” (1959), as a result of his efforts. This is the first time in the history that Denia has ever honored one of its citizens in this way.
When the unit arrived to film back in 1958 it caused a revolution in this sleepy fishing village, bringing American dollars, Coca Cola and Mia Farrow (daughter of director John Farrow) to a needy population still suffering the post-war syndrome under the Franco Dictatorship.
John leaves a wife Irene and two sons John and Edward.
CABRERA, John (John Cabrera Puig)
Born: 1/14/1925, Liverpool, Merseyside, England, U.K.
Died: 4/18/2014, Denia, Alicante, Spain
John Cabrera’s westerns – photographer, cameraman, director of photography, cinematographer:
Custer of the West – 1967 [photographer 2nd unit]
Shalako – 1968 [second cameraman]
Villa Rides – 1968 [director of photography 2nd unit]
The Desperados! – 1969 [cameraman 2nd unit]
Captain Apache – 1970 [cinematographer]
Man in the Wilderness – 1971 [director of photography 2nd unit]
The Call of the Wild – 1972 [cinematographer]
The Man Called Noon - 1973 [director of photography]
Triumphs of a Man Called Horse – 1983 [cinematographer]
Yellow Hair and the Fortress of Gold – 1984 [cinematographer]