The celebrated documentarian and cinematographer whose credits included Grey Gardens and Gimme Shelter has died at his Manhattan home of natural causes. He was 88.

Maysles was in post on In Transit, which is scheduled to premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in April.

He was born in Boston and studied psychology at Syracuse University before earning his masters from Boston University and going on to teach for several years.

His first film was Psychiatry In Russia in 1955 and he achieved considerable fame when Salesman came out in 1968. Maysles shot that film with his brother David.

The film-making siblings also made the notorious Rolling Stones 1969 concert tour film Gimme Shelter, in which a fan is shown getting stabbed, as well as the beguiling Grey Gardens.

Together they won a couple of Emmys and earned an Academy Award nomination for the short Christo’s Valley Curtain in 1974. David Maysles died in 1987.