He was nominated for ten Academy Awards for cinematography winning twice. His two Academy Awards both came during the period when Best Cinematography Oscars were awarded separately for color and black-and-white films. To reestablish himself Howe first co-financed a Japanese-language feature shot in Southern California entitled Chijiku wo mawasuru chikara (The Force that Turns the Earth around its Axis) which he also photographed and co-directed.
A master at the use of shadow he was one of the first to use deep-focus cinematography photography in which both foreground and distant planes remain in focus. James Wong Howe A. S.