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James Van Trees

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James Van Trees
BornAugust 13, 1890 (1890-08-13)
DiedApril 11, 1973 (1973-04-12) (aged 82)
Years active1915–1973
Parent(s)Julia Crawford Ivers (mother)

James Crawford Van Trees (August 13, 1890 – April 11, 1973)[1] was an American cinematographer in Hollywood whose career spans the silent and sound eras.


His father was Franklin S. Van Trees (aka Frank Van Trees 1866-1914), a society architect, best known for his mansions in the Pacific Heights area of San Francisco, such as the Baron Edward S. Rothschild house on Jackson Street. His mother was silent era scriptwriter Julia Crawford Ivers. Mother and son worked together on a few films more than likely becoming the first mother and son to direct and photograph productions.

Van Trees was the President of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) during 1923–1924. His son James Van Trees, Jr. was a cameraman and worked for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer with his father.

Partial filmography


  1. ^ grave of James Van Trees; findagrave.com Retrieved April 10, 2017
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