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Oral history interview with Norman Langley, Los Angeles, CA, 12 July 2010.

Oral history interview with Norman Langley, Los Angeles, CA, 12 July 2010.

Dawson, Andrew (2010) Oral history interview with Norman Langley, Los Angeles, CA, 12 July 2010. [Audio] (Unpublished)

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Interview with Norman Langley, Los Angeles, CA. 12 July 2010. Born Roxbury, MA, 1943. Joined the motion picture industry as a trainee camera operator in 1971. Prior to this was in US Navy for four years, trained as a still photographer; graduated in 1970 from the Brooks Institute of Photography, Santa Barbara; accepted on the 1971-72 industry training programme. two and a half months at a major studio then moved on for training at another studio; very good training; graduates of the programme were appointed camera assistants and their names added to Group 1 of the industry roster; built up a network of contact which were useful in subsequent career; first job after training was at Universal where he remained for eight years; career route: trainee loader, loader, second assistant, first assistant, camera operator, DoP. Often the only African America in the crew, he talks about the strong racist culture and the resistance to the arrival of African Americans; but he did not become an angry black man. Long hours of work are documented; many African Americans did not care for this but he had experience of hard work in the Navy; well paid; was supported by white liberals; offered work on good shows; active in IATSE local 659; the union was always supportive of him; on the executive of the Society of Cinematography in the 1980s. Makes interesting observations on the subsequent decline in numbers of African American in the industry.

Item Type: Audio
Uncontrolled Keywords: United States, motion picture industry, Hollywood, civil rights, African American,
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Humanities & Social Sciences > Department of Communications & Creative Arts
School of Humanities & Social Sciences > History Research Group
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:12

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