Stephen Campbell–Director Of Photography For ‘The Walking Dead’–Passes Away

Stephen Campbell–who was director of photography on AMC’s hit horror series The Walking Dead for seven seasons–passed away this week at the age of 65. The cause of death was not announced.

Campbell passed away in his Florida home, according to his daughter Aubrie. “For seven season of zombies and apocalyptic mayhem, he created genre-defining imagery for the television show,” she wrote on Facebook. “He was so, so proud of that work.” Instagram photos of Campbell, courtesy of, can be seen on this page.

Campbell began his career as a camera assistant on Michael Jackson’s Victory tour in 1984, and later became a camera assistant and operator on such genre productions as Psycho IVThe BeginningMonsterThe Punisher and Zombieland.

Campbell served as director of photography on almost 40 episodes of The Walking Dead, including the acclaimed Season 4 episode The Grove and the Season 10 finale A Certain Doom.

Michael Satrazemis, director and producer of the Fear the Walking Dead spinoff, said Campbell “embodied a complete filmmaker on every level. The day we were introduced, we spoke in the language of creation for an hour straight and decided we would work together to create something special on The Walking Dead.”

Campbell is survived by his wife Pamela, three grandchildren and five children–Aubrie, Ian, Cameron, Fiona and Riley.

The staff of Horror News Network extends its condolences to Campbell’s family, friends and colleagues.


Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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