Robby Muller, renowned cinematographer best known for his collaborations with Lars von Trier, Wim Wenders and Jim Jarmusch, as well as his works in ’80s and ’90s films like Dancer in the Dark, Repo Man, Down by Law, and Paris, Texas, has died at the age of 78.
Robby passed away on Tuesday, July 3 at his home in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The exact cause of his death has not been disclosed yet.
However, according to Dutch publication Het Parool, Robby, who was also known by his nickname 'master of light', had been suffering from vascular dementia, a degenerative disease due to which the photography director had been unable to move or talk for several years.
Born on 4 April 1940 in Curacao, Robby began his career as photography director on Wenders’ 1970's debut movie Summer in the City.
The duo later worked together on nine more films, including all three parts of Road Movie trilogy; Alice in the Cities, The Wrong Move and Kings of the Road.
Jarmusch took to Twitter yesterday to pay a tribute to Robby. He wrote, “Without him I don’t think I would know anything about filmmaking.”
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We have lost the remarkable, brilliant & irreplaceable Robby Müller. I love him so very much. He taught me so many things, & without him, I don't think I would know anything about filmmaking. R.I.P. my dear friend Robby #RobbyMüller
— Jim Jarmusch (@JimJarmusch) July 4, 2018
Robby is survived by his wife Andrea Muller and a son. Rest In Peace!