The ifs mourns Professor David Slama

David Slama

* 19 February 1946        † 15 October 2020

The ifs mourns the loss of a great artist, wonderful teacher and good friend.


Born in Prague in 1946, David Slama was one of the leading cameramen in German-language film. He has worked with many German directors, including Adolf Winkelmann, Philipp Kadelbach, Andreas Prochaska and Luc Bondy, and together with his mentor and friend Michael Ballhaus for Martin Scorsese. He has received numerous awards for his image design, including the German Film Prize (»Jede Menge Kohle«), the Grimme Prize, the German Camera Prize (both for »Der letzte Kurier«), the German Television Prize (»Die Hindenburg« 2011, »Unsere Mütter, unsere Väter« 2013) and the Roland Film Prize (»Spuren des Bösen – Begierde«). In 2007, David Slama was honoured with the German Camera Award for his lifetime achievement.

Since 2010, David Slama has been teaching as professor for cinematography/ Director of Photography at the ifs.

»What interests him, says David Slama, is to see things in a new way again and again. By doing that, he has created great cinema moments. His sense of authenticity and the extraordinary mobility of his camera are in no way at odds with the effects of great cinema,« is how the Kuratorium Deutscher Kamerapreis Köln e. V. (Board of Trustees of the German Camera Award Cologne) justified David Slama’s award as honorary cameraman in 2007.

We will miss his passion for filmmaking, his ability to inspire this passion in others, his great commitment to the next generation of filmmakers and last but not least, his affectionate, warm and humorous nature.

The ifs is deeply indebted to David Slama and will honour his memory.