Wexler, born to a Jewish family in Chicago in 1922, was an American cinematographer, film producer and director. He was judged to be one of film history’s ten most influential cinematographers in a survey of the members of the International Cinematographers Guild. He worked on documentaries throughout his career. Wexler served as the cinematographer on his first big-budget film, Elia Kazan’s America, America.He has worked steadily in Hollywood thereafter. Wexler died at the age of 93.
During the Occupy movement’s 2012 Chicago demonstrations against NATO, Haskell Wexler revisits the locations of Medium Cool.