Photographer ‘American Beauty’ Was Still 78 – Deadline

Photographer Lorey Sebastian on set, who worked on films such as Crashtwilight, wild pigs, Blow, St. Elmo’s Fire, I’m Sam, in the valley of Elah and A million ways to die in the West died May 9 in New Mexico after a short illness. She was 78.

Sebastian was born in 1944 in New York City, where she lived until she moved to Los Angeles. She started her career in 1977 when she was the silent photographer on the set of Joan Micklin Silver’s movie Between the lines. With over 100 credits to her name, she has worked with the likes of Sam Mendes (american beauty1999), Joel and Ethan Coen (real grit2010), and Taylor Sheridan (Hell or high water2016) – the latter has been documented as her last known photography job.

Sebastian was briefly married to John Sebastian of the Loving Spoonful and spent her final years in Truchas, NM, where she retired. She loved dogs that always traveled with her. Sebastian is survived by her two dogs who have found new homes with friends.