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Jurg Walther

Lawrence and Kristina Dodge College of Film and Media Arts
Office Location: Chapman Studios West 118
Phone: (714) 628-2713


As a teacher, Jurg Walther wants his students to understand "the poetic potential that filmmaking has." Growing up in Europe in the '60s and '70s, cinematographer Walther was captured and "forever intrigued" by the level of self-expression in the films of Fellini, Bergman, and Antonioni.

"Filmmaking is about showing human emotion," he says, "about hope and compassion, and expressing the very fine points of human existence." The cinematographer, Walther says, faces the task of making the screenwriter's and/or director's concept and vision take form in the real, physical world.

Coming to the United States, where he studied at UCLA and A.F.I., Walther worked as director of photography and camera operator on a variety of feature films documentaries, music videos and commercial projects, which demanded that he produce a wide range of special effects, including shooting while skiing. But whatever the assignment demands, Walther is always seeking a better way to portray that internal reality, the one that the camera can reveal best, the very state of the soul.

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

DoP on DVD release by Rhino Records: Joni 75: A Birthday Celebration, available on DVD on March 29, 2019
Jeff Lynne, Electric Light Orchestra at the Forum. Director of Photography with Director Martyn Atkins
I was the Director of Photography for the Joni Mitchell 75th Birthday Celebration at the Dorthy Chandler Pavillion, Sept. 2018 The film was released in multiple movie theaters countrywide. It included artists like Graham Nash, Seal, James Taylor, Emmylou Harris, Chaka Khan, Kris Kristofferson, Diana Krall, Los Lobos, Norah Jones and other various talent.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Live in Concert, Hyde Park, London. Multi Camera (14) Production where I was the overseeing Cinematographer.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's 40th Anniversary Tour, in Seattle, Safeco Field. 65,000 people in the audience! Multi camera show where I functioned as Director of Photography. Directed by British director, Martyn Atkins.
2017 Film Production Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's 40th Anniversary Tour at the Hollywood Bowl, the final 3 Concerts. I was the Director of Photography, Director Martyn Atkins.
Blu Ray release of Cult Movie "Blood Diner" , directed by Jackie Kong, produced by Vestron, new edition by Lions Gate, 2016. Cinematography by Jurg Viktor Walther.
"Raised on the Sunset Strip - Slash" directed by Martyn Atkins, Cinematography: Jurg Viktor Walther, produced for DIRECT-TV
"Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers - Hypnotic Eye Tour", Live at Fenway Park in Boston, directed by Martyn Atkins, Cinematography: Jurg Viktor Walther, produced by Warner Brothers Music.
"The Boogeyman - Reincarnation", sequel to the original "The Boogeyman", directed by Ulli Lommel, Director of Photography: Jurg Viktor Walther, shot on Location in Edmonton, Canada