About Floyd Crosby
Floyd Delafield Crosby, A.S.C. (December 12, 1899 – September 30, 1985) was an American cinematographer. Crosby won an Academy Award for cinematography at the fourth Academy Award celebration.
Crosby was born and raised in West Philadelphia, the son of Julia Floyd (née Delafield) and Frederick Van Schoonhoven Crosby. In 1940, he married Aliph Van Cortland Whitehead and had two children, one of whom is David Crosby of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. He served as a cinematographer for the U.S. Army Air Corps film wing and made flight training films in World War II, giving him experience in film. He left the Air Corps in 1946. Later, he became a cinematographer for numerous directors: he also divorced Aliph in 1960, and married Betty Cormack in the same year. He retired in the late 1960s to Ojai, California, where he died in 1985.
Cinematography During his career, Floyd Crosby was involved in the cinematography of more than 100 full length movies. The vast majority of these films are considered "B-movies".
Tabu (1931) – Crosby won an Academy Award for cinematography at the fourth Academy Award celebration for his work on this film. Matto Grosso: the Great Brazilian Wilderness (1931) likely the first sync sound documentary made in the field (Mato Grosso Brazil). The Plow that Broke the Plains (1936), a New Deal Resettlement Administration documentary directed by Pare Lorentz. Traffic with the Devil (1946), a documentary short nominated for an Academy Award. Devil Take Us (1952), a documentary short nominated for two Academy Awards. High Noon (1952) – A western movie, generally considered to be his most contemporarily praised film. The Pit and the Pendulum (1961) – One of several widescreen horror films Crosby shot for director Roger Corman.