WHEELER WINSTON DIXON is the James Ryan Professor of Film Studies, the coordinator of the film studies program, and a professor of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He is a filmmaker and the author or editor of numerous works, including Death of the Moguls: The End of Classical Hollywood ; the best-selling A Short History of Film now in its second edition, coauthored with Gwendolyn Audrey Foster (both by Rutgers University Press); and Cinema at the Margins ; Streaming: Movies, Media, and Instant Access.
Dixon assumes a splendidly against-the-grain posture in his history of black-and-white cinematography, illuminating a long list of shining moments - and spotlighting a fair share of dull ones - that threaten to fade from view as color becomes ubiquitous and mimetic innovations like IMAX, motion capture, and augmented reality gather ever more momentum in theaters and homes around the world. - Quarterly Review of Film and Radio [Dixon's] short - but packed to bursting - history expertly details notable films and those who created them. -Times Literary Supplement