Litan, Russian Empire (now Latvia)
Cinematographer Eduard K. Tissé was the favorite cameraman of Soviet director Sergei Eisenstein. Born in Latvia to a Russian mother and a Swedish father, he got his start during the Russian Revolution as a newsreel cameraman. He began working with Eisenstein in the '20s and went on to photograph the director's finest silent films, including Potemkin (1925) and the director's beautifully lensed unfinished feature Que Viva Mexico! Tissé later worked with such directors as Pudovkin, Dovzhenko, and Alexandrov. In 1929, he co-directed the Swiss film Woman Happy, Woman Unhappy.