|Born||29 March 1916|
|Died||April 1991 (aged 75)|
Asher is best remembered for his work on Hammer films, beginning with The Curse of Frankenstein (1957), the first of Hammer's gothic horrors, and the earliest colour version of the Frankenstein story. He was the director of photography on several of the Hammer horror films including Dracula (1958), The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958), The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959), The Mummy (1959) and The Brides of Dracula (1960).
His style was characterized by a fantastical use of colours, such as non-realistic purples and greens. Director Terence Fisher said of him, "Jack Asher had a very distinctive style of lighting, which was quite different from Arthur Grant's...(Who) had a more realistic approach to the situation. Jack Asher's was almost theatrical lighting with little tricks, like color slides placed over the lights and so on."
In 1964, he was nominated for a BAFTA for Best British Cinematography (Colour) for his work on The Scarlet Blade.