The Bronx Tourism Council has announced that Emmy nominated cinematographer Sol Negrin will be inducted to the Bronx Walk of Fame this year. Mr. Negrin will join dozens of borough legends who have been honored for their contributions to cultural and civic life not just here in the Bronx, but across the nation and the world.
"I have captured the Bronx through my lens of life throughout the years, and have not only witnessed but experienced its vibrant and growing community. This honor not only strengthens my pride in being from the Bronx, but also hopes to encourage young Bronxites to continue to reach for their dreams. Thank you Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz, Jr. for your continued efforts to honor us,” said Sol Negrin.
“It is a great honor to have Mr. Sol Negrin on our ‘Bronx Walk of Fame’ this year. Not only has he achieved well-deserved success for his outstanding work in cinematography but he continues to teach this special craft to youths across our region, and while he has traveled across the world, Mr. Negrin has always maintained his roots and has always been proud to call himself a Bronxite,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.
Emmy-nominated Bronxite Sol Negrin is no stranger to the world of cinema.
He has worked on dozens of popular TV programs and films we have all grown to love, including the television series Kojak (1975- 1977), the television movie The Last Tenant (1978), and the series Baker’s Dozen (1982). Some of Sol’s other television credits as a director of photography include episodes of the classic series McCloud, The Lucie Arnaz Show, The White Shadow, St. Elsewhere, Rhoda, Lime Street, Eischied, and Our Family Honor. He has also worked on telefilms such as Best of Friends, Dempsey, Your Name is Jonah and Women at West Point. His feature film credits include The Concert for Bangladesh, Amazing Grace (1974), Proof of the Man, and Parades. He also contributed additional cinematography to many feature films which included Crazy Joe, Superman, Coming to America, King Kong (1976), Jaws 2, and Robocop.
Most recently, Sol was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for Distinguished Service to the Motion Picture Industry by the Society of Camera Operators. In 2010, he received the prestigious Presidents Award from the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC). In addition, Sol earned five Emmy nominations, three for episodes of the series Kojak (in 1974, 1975 and 1976), one for the telefilm The Last Tenant (1978), and one for an episode of the series Baker’s Dozen (1982). He has also been recognized for his artful cinematography in television commercials with four CLIO Awards, including the iconic American Tourister “Bouncing Suitcase” campaign during the early 1970’s.
Today, Sol often shares his wealth of experience and expertise with students and aspiring filmmakers through mentorships, seminars, demonstrations and speaking engagements. For the last decade, he has taught courses on cinematography and the evolution of filmmaking techniques at Five Towns College in Long Island, New York, where he earned an honorary doctorate of fine arts degree in 2002. He is also co-chair of the ICG Educational and Training Committees.
“One of my funniest memories of living in the Bronx was moving from one neighborhood to another all because my father totally disliked painting any apartment or home. He’d rather move, and move and we did, every two years. We lived in four different residences on Bronx River Avenue alone. To this day I vividly recall those addresses: 1287; 1333; 1374; and 1414. After graduating from P.S. 77 in 1943, we made our final move to 172nd Street and Sheridan Avenue in the West Bronx, just one block east of the Grand Concourse, where I not only commuted to Manhattan to attend the High School of Industrial Arts but also remained until I got married,” said Sol Negrin.
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Join Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. on May 19 on the red carpet of The Bronx Ball, the borough’s most popular social event of the year. It’s a night to remember as Borough President Diaz leads the borough in welcoming home and paying tribute to several celebrity guests on the eve of their induction to the Bronx Walk of Fame. In the past, these special celebrity guests have included stage and screen star Chazz Palminteri, Grammy-winning singer and actress Irene Cara, TMZ Executive Producer Charles Latibeaudiere, Emmy-winning actress Doris Roberts, and Kiss guitarist Ace Frehley.
The black-tie gala takes place under a luxurious tent on Orchard Beach and is a fundraiser for the Bronx Tourism Council, a program at the Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (BOEDC). For ticket and advertising information please contact Jennifer Blatus: 718-590-2502 firstname.lastname@example.org.
On May 20th the grand finale of Bronx Week will take place in the heart of the borough. Line the streets of Mosholu Parkway and the Grand Concourse to watch the magnificent parade. Bronx pride is on display as marching bands, community groups, local schools, sports teams and visit organizations march along Mosholu Parkway and pave the way for the Walk of Fame inductees float. As the parade approaches the Borough Hall, join Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. as the 2012 Bronx Walk of Fame inductees take their rightful place on the Grand Concourse when he unveils street signs bearing their names. As TV star and past inductee Doris Roberts has said, “I have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but this is better!”