Friend Baker

Friend Baker was an American cinematographer who worked in Hollywood in the 1910s and 1920s.[1][2] Later on in his career, he worked as a camera technician.[3][4] He was an early member of the American Society of Cinematographers.

Friend Baker
Friend Frederick Baker

April 10, 1890
Nebraska, USA
DiedMarch 20, 1988 (aged 98)
Orange, California, USA
Spouse(s)Annabelle Jackson


Friend was born in Nebraska to Jesse Baker and Jennie Wallace.

Among his innovations as a cameraman, he reportedly built an early 3-D camera alongside fellow cinematographer Virgil Williams while working at Universal Pictures in 1918.[1][5] He also developed an early technique for produced color film.[6] He served as chief cameraman for the studio for a number of years.[7]

He married Annabelle Jackson in Los Angeles in 1915. The pair had several children.

Selected filmographyEdit


  1. ^ a b "3-Dimensions Fill Hollywood with Optimism". The Times. 27 Feb 1953. Retrieved 2021-03-27.
  2. ^ American Cinematographer. ASC Holding Corporation. 1922.
  3. ^ Theakston, Jack. "House of Wax". Library of Congress.
  4. ^ Raimondo-Souto, H. Mario (2014-11-18). Motion Picture Photography: A History, 1891-1960. McFarland. ISBN 978-0-7864-8407-2.
  5. ^ Mitchell, Rick (2004). "The Tragedy of 3-D Cinema". Film History. 16 (3): 208–215. ISSN 0892-2160.
  6. ^ Motion Picture Daily: Formerly Exhibitors Daily Review and Motion Pictures Today. Exhibitors Trade Review, Incorporated. 1921.
  7. ^ "Trapping Tornadoes His Dream". The Los Angeles Times. 8 Jun 1924. Retrieved 2021-03-27.