Freddie Young

Frederick A. Young OBE, BSC (9 October 1902 – 1 December 1998) was a British cinematographer. He is probably best known for his work on David Lean's films Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Ryan's Daughter (1970), all three of which won him Academy Awards for Best Cinematography. He was often credited as F. A. Young.

Freddie Young
Frederick A. Young

(1902-10-09)9 October 1902
London, England
Died1 December 1998(1998-12-01) (aged 96)
Years active1920–1983
ChildrenMichael Young 1937
AwardsBest Cinematography
1962 Lawrence of Arabia
1965 Doctor Zhivago
1970 Ryan's Daughter
Screenshot of Ava Gardner and Stewart Granger from the trailer for the film Bhowani Junction.

He was also director of photography on more than 130 films, including many other notable productions, such as Goodbye, Mr Chips (1939), 49th Parallel (1941), Lust for Life (1956), The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958), Lord Jim (1965), Battle of Britain (1969), Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), and the James Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967). He was also the first British cinematographer to film in CinemaScope. Young co-wrote The Work of the Motion Picture Cameraman with Paul Petzold, published in 1972 (Focal Press, London).

Young served as a captain and chief cameraman of the British Army's Kinematograph Unit during World War II.[1][2]

In 2003, a survey conducted by the International Cinematographers Guild placed Young among the ten most influential cinematographers in history.[3]

He was awarded the Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship (HonFRPS) in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography in 1996/97.[4]

In 1984, at the age of 82, Young directed his only film, Arthur's Hallowed Ground, starring Jimmy Jewel, which was made for television.

Selected films


  1. Freddie Young; Epic Cinematographer Los Angeles Times via Internet Archive. Retrieved March 12, 2022.
  2. Great Cinematographers: Freddie Young Netherlands Society of Cinematographers. Retrieved March 12, 2022.
  3. "Cinematographers pick their Top 11". Los Angeles Times. 17 October 2003. Retrieved 25 February 2020.
  4. Royal Photographic Society's Centenary Award Archived 1 December 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 13 August 2012
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