By Joshua Rich
Updated April 23, 2009 at 04:40 AM EDT

British filmmaker Jack Cardiff, who won an Academy Award as the cinematographer of the 1947 Michael Powell-Emeric Pressburger classic Black Narcissus, died on Wednesday at age 94 after a short illness, AFP is reporting. The lensman lent his lush imagery to more than 70 movies from the 1930s through this decade, including 1956’s War and Peace and 1961’s Fanny (he earned Oscar nods for both), as well as 1985’s Rambo: First Blood Part II. He also directed about a dozen movies, such as 1960’s Sons and Lovers, for which he earned a directing nomination. Cardiff got a special Honorary Award at the 2001 Oscars.