KOCHI: film industry passed away in Chennai on Wednesday. He was 88. Vincent was suffering from age-related illnesses for the past few weeks. He is survived by wife Margaret, sons Jayanan Vincent and Ajayan Vincent (both cinematographers), and daughters Snehalatha and Sumithra. Noted art director Sabu Cyril is his son-in-law. Born in 1926 in Kozhikode, Aloysius Vincent was fondly addressed by the film fraternity as ‘Vincent Master’.
After receiving the first lessons of photography from his father, a still-photographer, Vincent ventured into cinematography at the age of 19. His first independent venture was the Telugu film ‘Braduku Theruvu’ in 1953. He turned a director with the land mark Malayalam film ‘Bhargavi Nilayam’ in 1964. He worked as cinematographer in over 150 films, the last being 1997 Telugu film ‘Annamayya’. His last film as a director was ‘Kochuthemmadi’ released in 1986. Vincent wore the director’s cap for 27 films, most of them noted for their technical brilliance and popularity. His funeral will be held at St Joseph’s Church, Susaipuram, Chennai, at 4 pm on Thursday.