He didn’t shoot any 50s Westerns, his career in features really starting in the 60s after some incredible work in TV. But he directed Monte Walsh (1970), a fabulous film, and was the DP on Tombstone (1993).
Nominated for five Academy Awards, his work as Director of Photography includes The President’s Analyst (1967), Rosemary’s Baby (1968), Paint Your Wagon (1969), Rancho Deluxe (1975), Looking For Mr. Goodbar (1977), 1941 (1979) and The Freshman (1990).
But the big one, for me at least, has to be Bullitt (1968). It’s a picture that gets a lot of credit for its editing and stunt-driving, but just look at it sometime. The way it mixes documentary-type stuff with the incredible car stuff — all with a beautiful Technicolor palette — is as much a part of the picture’s overall success as that green Mustang. Then consider the fact that he shot Rosemary’s Baby the same year.
Mr. Fraker deserves far better than this hastily-typed post. If you get a chance to see Monte Walsh, do so — but only if it’s widescreen.