From American Cinematographer, Photography for The Last Picture Show interview by Herb A. Lightman (Jan. 1972)
The photography in the picture is very clean-- that is, free of trimmings and frills. Is that due to the fact that you had such a small amount of lighting equipment available?
"Not really. I don't use back-light anymore-- unless it's established as coming from a practical lamp or something like that-- and I don't break up the walls with shadow patterns. I think that's old fashioned and 'motion picturish,' and it would have been all wrong for this picture. Now, if you are shooting a glamour picture, it would be different. You'd tend to go back to the old style, with all the trimmings.
- Robert Surtees, ASC