Eleven members of the film industry founded the South African Society of Cinematographers in 1954.
Today we, the Society, are affiliated to all the major film producing countries in the world. Our membership stands at forty-two with certain members active in the United States, Canada, Australia and Great Britain.
The Society was established to advance the art and science of Cinematography and to encourage, foster and strive for excellence, artistic perfection and scientific knowledge in all matters pertaining to Cinematography. To bring together those leaders in Cinematography whose achievements in that field entitles them to membership in this Society, and to strive to maintain the highest possible standards, and that membership in this Society may become a mark of honour and distinction based on merit.
We have staged the SASC Visible Spectrum Awards, these awards celebrate and acknowledge the very best work produced by South African cinematographers. This is the only opportunity for cinematographers to show off their work, innovation and personalised styles and to see how it rates with their peers. It is also a chance to promote talent with the decision-makers of the South African Film and Television Industry.
Recognition by members of the SASC is the highest honour that can be bestowed on a South African cinematographer, a mark of prestige and distinction.
The evening is always a black tie affair with VIP guests from either the U.K. or U.S.A., members from the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology and other high-ranking Government officials as well as top echelon members of the film and television industry. It rates highly on the social calendar. The award evening is also attended by the press and always has a chance of receiving a clip or two on television.
Next year, 2015, the South African Society of Cinematographers celebrates their sixtieth anniversary