Famous lighting designers

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Famous lighting designers
Lighting designers account for the angle, intensity and colour of every stage light. (Siri Stafford/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Lighting designers are the unsung heroes of the theatre and film world. They give depth to images, shape scenes by colour choices and can even determine how you see an actor from your seat in the audience. Several of these professionals have risen to the top of the field for work on prestigious films and projects and to lives dedicated to education.

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Durham Marenghi

Durham Marenghi is the only British lighting designer to have designed opening and closing ceremonies for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics. He has also designed lighting events for ceremonies at the Pyramids in Giza and at The Royal Albert Hall in London. In 2006, Marenghi received an International Illumination Design Award of Excellence from the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America. He received this award for his work on the lightning design of the Space Centre, Bremen. It is the largest indoor theme park in the world.

Per Sundin

Swedish born Per Sundin has been designing lighting plots for music videos, musicals, operas and film since 1989. He also designed the lighting plot for the Nobel Prize banquet from 1996 to 2010. Sundin has the distinction of being the last lighting designer to work with legendary filmmaker Ingmar Bergman. He designed the lightning plot for the famed director's last film, "In the Presence of a Clown," which debuted in 1996. Sundin's participation in the film came at the direct request of Bergman according to Sundin Designer's Sweden.

David Hersey

David Hersey is an American lighting designer who has created lighting plots for many musicals on Broadway, including "Le Miserables" and "Miss Saigon," as well as for the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. He has served as lighting designer for London opera productions "Porgy and Bess" and "Song and Dance." Hersey is the founder of DHA Design and has served as a chairman of the Association of Lighting Designers.

Francis Reid

Francis Reid is a lighting designer and professor responsible for the lighting plot of over 300 theatre productions throughout Europe and England, including "Man of La Mancha," "Grease" and "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." According to Entertainment Technology Now's website, Reid taught lighting design at the Design at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art from 1965 to1983 and served as director of the Theatre Royal in Bury St Edmunds from 1982 to 1987. Reid is also the author of the "Stage Lighting Handbook," a guide which is used the world over by educators, students and professional lighting designers.

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