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 comicbook.com, 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 IV: The Beginning, Monster, The 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.