My Favourite Cinematographers

by Space-Station-One | created - 03 Dec 2017 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

Arranged by a date of birth (except No. 1 - Andrew Lesnie).

1. Andrew Lesnie

Cinematographer | King Kong

Andrew Lesnie was born on January 1, 1956 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is known for his work on King Kong (2005), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). He died on April 27, 2015 in Sydney.

2. Karl Struss

Cinematographer | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Oscar-winning cinematographer Karl Struss was born on November 30, 1886, in New York City. He became a professional photographer after studying photography with Clarence H. White and became part of the group associated with the great photographer Alfred Stieglitz. His photographs, which he ...

3. Karl Freund

Cinematographer | Key Largo

Karl Freund, an innovative director of photography responsible for development of the three-camera system used to shoot television situation comedies, was born on January 16, 1890, in the Bohemian city of Koeniginhof, then part of the Austria-Hungarian Empire (now known as Dvur Kralove in the Czech...

4. Roland Totheroh

Cinematographer | City Lights

Rollie Totheroh worked as cinematographer on Charles Chaplin's movies for over 30 years, right from the earliest shorts in 1915 to Monsieur Verdoux (1947), including all of Chaplin's masterpieces: The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936) and The Great Dictator (...

5. Franz Planer

Cinematographer | Roman Holiday

Descended from a wealthy family of landowners in what was then Austria-Hungary, Franz Planer understood the importance of photography as an art form early in his life. He first stood behind the camera as a portrait photographer, working out of Vienna from 1910. He soon branched out, filming ...

6. Eduard Tisse

Cinematographer | Bronenosets Potemkin

Eduard Tisse was born on April 13, 1897 in Libava, Grobina uyezd, Courland Governorate, Russian Empire as Eduard Kazimirovich Tisse. He was a cinematographer and director, known for Battleship Potemkin (1925), The Immortal Garrison (1956) and Ivan the Terrible, Part I (1944). He died on November 18...

7. Robert Surtees

Cinematographer | Ben-Hur

Robert L. Surtees began his working life as a portrait photographer and retoucher, before becoming camera assistant at Universal in 1927. He spent a lengthy apprenticeship (15 years) working under such experienced cinematographers as Hal Mohr, Joseph Ruttenberg and Gregg Toland. Between 1929 and ...

8. Sergey Urusevskiy

Cinematographer | Selskaya uchitelnitsa

Sergey Urusevskiy was born on December 23, 1908 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire as Sergei Pavlovich Urusevsky. He was a cinematographer and director, known for The Village Teacher (1947), Dream of a Cossack (1951) and Beg inokhodtsa (1969). He died on November 12, 1974 in Moscow, Russian SFSR, ...

9. Henri Alekan

Cinematographer | Der Himmel über Berlin

Henri Alekan was born on February 10, 1909 in Paris, France as Henri Albert Alakan. He is known for his work on Wings of Desire (1987), Roman Holiday (1953) and La Truite (The Trout) (1982). He was married to Nadia Starcevic. He died on June 15, 2001 in Auxerre, Yonne, France.

10. Gilbert Taylor

Cinematographer | Star Wars

Gilbert Taylor was born on April 21, 1914 in Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, England. He is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Flash Gordon (1980) and The Omen (1976). He was married to Dee Taylor. He died on August 23, 2013 in Newport, Isle of Wight, England.

11. Geoffrey Unsworth

Cinematographer | Cabaret

Goeffrey Unsworth was one of the great cinematographers of the 20th Century, the winner of two Oscars, five BAFTA awards, and three awards from the British Society of Cinematographers for his work as a director of photography. Born in 1914 in Lancashire, England, Unsworth started in the industry in...

12. Jack Cardiff

Director | Sons and Lovers

Almost universally considered one of the greatest cinematographers of all time, Jack Cardiff was also a notable director. He described his childhood as very happy and his parents as quite loving. They performed in music hall as comedians, so he grew up with the fun that came with their theatrical ...

13. Henri Decaë

Cinematographer | Le samouraï

Although Henri Decaë gained fame as a cinematographer, he actually entered the film industry as an editor and soundman. Serving as a cameraman in the French army during WW II, upon his release he began making documentaries and directing and photographing industrial and commercial films, then in ...

14. Tonino Delli Colli

Cinematographer | Der Name der Rose

Tonino Delli Colli was born on November 20, 1922 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Antonio Delli Colli. He is known for his work on The Name of the Rose (1986), Life Is Beautiful (1997) and Once Upon a Time in America (1984). He was married to Alexandra Delli Colli. He died on August 16, 2005 in Rome.

15. Sven Nykvist

Cinematographer | The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Sven Nykvist was considered by many in the industry to be one of the world's greatest cinematographers. During his long career that spanned almost half a century, Nyvist perfected the art of cinematography to its most simple attributes, and he helped give the films he had worked on the simplest and...

16. Ghislain Cloquet

Cinematographer | Tess

Ghislain Cloquet was born on April 18, 1924 in Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium as Ghislain Pierre Cloquet. He is known for his work on Tess (1979), Love and Death (1975) and Le Trou (1960). He was married to Sophie Becker. He died on November 2, 1981 in Montainville, Yvelines, France.

17. Vilmos Zsigmond

Cinematographer | Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Along with László Kovács, a fellow student who fled Hungary in 1956, Zsigmond rose to prominence in the 1970s. He is known for his use of natural light and vivid use of color on features such as The Long Goodbye (1973) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).

18. John Alcott

Cinematographer | Barry Lyndon

John Alcott, the Oscar-winning cinematographer best known for his collaboration with director Stanley Kubrick, was born in 1931, in Isleworth, England, the son of movie executive Arthur Alcott, who would become the production controller at Gainsborough Studios during the 1940s.

Alcott began his film...

19. Donald McAlpine

Cinematographer | Moulin Rouge!

Donald McAlpine was born in 1934 in Quandialla, New South Wales, Australia as Donald Milton McAlpine. He is known for his work on Moulin Rouge! (2001), Romeo + Juliet (1996) and The Dressmaker (2015).

20. Michael Ballhaus

Cinematographer | Goodfellas

Michael Ballhaus was a German cinematographer. He worked on many American films, including Baby It's You (1983), Old Enough (1984), After Hours (1985), The Color of Money (1986), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Goodfellas (1990), Dracula (1992), The Age of Innocence (1993), Gangs of New York ...

21. Vittorio Storaro

Cinematographer | Apocalypse Now

Vittorio Storaro, the award-winning cinematographer who won Oscars for "Apocalypse Now (1979)", "Reds (1981)" and "The Last Emperor (1987)". He was born on June 24, 1940 in Rome, where his father was a projectionist at the Lux Film Studio. At the age of 11, he began studying photography at a ...

22. Chris Menges

Cinematographer | The Mission

Chris Menges was born on September 15, 1940 in Kington, Herefordshire, England as Christopher J. Menges. He is known for his work on The Mission (1986), The Killing Fields (1984) and Michael Collins (1996). He has been married to Judy Freeman since 1982.

23. John Seale

Cinematographer | Mad Max: Fury Road

John Seale was born on October 5, 1942 in Warwick, Queensland, Australia as John Clement Seale. He is known for his work on Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), The English Patient (1996) and Witness (1985). He has been married to Louise Seale since September 23, 1967. They have two children.

24. Dean Semler

Cinematographer | Apocalypto

Dean Semler was born in 1943 in Renmark, South Australia, Australia as Dean William Semler. He is known for his work on Apocalypto (2006), Dances with Wolves (1990) and The Road Warrior (1981). He is married to Annie Semler.

25. Caleb Deschanel

Cinematographer | The Passion of the Christ

Caleb Deschanel is an American film cinematographer and film/television director. He has been nominated for six Academy Awards, each time in the field of cinematography. The first nomination came in 1983 for the film The Right Stuff (1983). His second was in 1984 for The Natural (1984), the third ...

26. Philippe Rousselot

Cinematographer | Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

Philippe Rousselot was born on September 4, 1945 in Briey, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. He is known for his work on Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), A River Runs Through It (1992) and Dangerous Liaisons (1988).

27. Dean Cundey

Cinematographer | Jurassic Park

Dean Cundey reigns supreme as one of the best, most prolific, and talented cinematographers to ever grace celluloid with his often striking and accomplished photography. Cundey was born on March 12th, 1946, in Alhambra, California. One of his hobbies during his elementary school days was building ...

28. Roger Pratt

Cinematographer | Twelve Monkeys

Roger Pratt was born on February 27, 1947 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England as Roger James Edward Pratt. He is known for his work on 12 Monkeys (1995), Chocolat (2000) and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994).

29. Roger Deakins

Cinematographer | Skyfall

Roger Deakins is an English cinematographer best known for his work on the films of the Coen brothers, Sam Mendes, and Denis Villeneuve.

He is a member of both the American and British Society of Cinematographers.

Deakins' first feature film in America as cinematographer was Mountains of the Moon (...

30. Oliver Wood

Cinematographer | The Bourne Ultimatum

Oliver Wood was born on April 2, 1950 in London, England. He is known for his work on The Bourne Ultimatum (2007), Face/Off (1997) and Rudy (1993).

31. Robert Elswit

Cinematographer | There Will Be Blood

Robert Elswit is an American cinematographer. He is best known for Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), There Will Be Blood (2007), Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011), Inherent Vice (2014), and Nightcrawler (2014).

Elswit frequently works with director ...

32. Russell Carpenter

Cinematographer | Avatar 2

Russell Carpenter was born on December 9, 1950 in Van Nuys, California, USA as Russell Paul Carpenter. He is known for his work on Avatar 2 (2021), Titanic (1997) and Ant-Man (2015).

33. John Toll

Cinematographer | The Thin Red Line

John Toll is an American cinematographer. His filmography spans a wide variety of genres, including epic period drama, comedy, science fiction, and contemporary drama. He won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography in both 1994 and 1995 for Legends of the Fall and Braveheart respectively.

He has ...

34. Bill Pope

Cinematographer | The Matrix

Bill Pope was born on June 19, 1952 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA as William Homer Pope. He is a cinematographer and director, known for The Matrix (1999), The Jungle Book (2016) and Spider-Man 2 (2004). He is married to Sharon Oreck. They have one child.

35. Adrian Biddle

Cinematographer | V for Vendetta

Adrian Biddle was born on July 20, 1952 in Woolwich, London, England. He is known for his work on V for Vendetta (2005), Thelma & Louise (1991) and 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992). He was married to Mo. He died on December 7, 2005 in London.

36. Barry Ackroyd

Cinematographer | The Hurt Locker

Barry Ackroyd was born on May 12, 1954 in Oldham, Lancashire, England. He is known for his work on The Hurt Locker (2008), Captain Phillips (2013) and The Wind that Shakes the Barley (2006).

37. Anthony Dod Mantle

Cinematographer | Slumdog Millionaire

Anthony Dod Mantle was born on April 14, 1955 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. He is known for his work on Slumdog Millionaire (2008), Antichrist (2009) and 127 Hours (2010).

38. Robert Richardson

Cinematographer | Inglourious Basterds

Robert Richardson an American cinematographer. He is best known for work with Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, and Oliver Stone.

He has won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography three times, for his work on JFK (1991), The Aviator (2004), and Hugo (2011). He is one of three living persons who...

39. Darius Khondji

Cinematographer | Amour

Darius Khondji was born on October 21, 1955 in Tehran, Iran. He is known for his work on Amour (2012), Se7en (1995) and Delicatessen (1991). He is married to Marianne Khondji. They have three children.

40. Dariusz Wolski

Cinematographer | The Martian

Dariusz Wolski is a Polish film and music video cinematographer. He is best known for Crimson Tide (1995), Dark City (1998), the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), The Martian (2015) and All the Money in the World (2017).

Many of his ...

41. Don Burgess

Cinematographer | Forrest Gump

Don Burgess was born on May 28, 1956 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Don Michael Burgess. He is known for his work on Forrest Gump (1994), Contact (1997) and Cast Away (2000). He has been married to Bonnie Ann Burgess since December 4, 1982. They have three children.

42. Amir Mokri

Cinematographer | Man of Steel

Amir Mokri was born on June 11, 1956 in Iran as Amir M. Mokri. He is known for his work on Man of Steel (2013), Transformers: Age of Extinction (2014) and Lord of War (2005). He is married to Winnie Mokri.

43. Bruno Delbonnel

Cinematographer | Un long dimanche de fiançailles

Bruno Delbonnel was born in 1957 in Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. He is known for his work on A Very Long Engagement (2004), Amélie (2001) and Inside Llewyn Davis (2013).

44. Thierry Arbogast

Cinematographer | The Fifth Element

Thierry Arbogast was born in 1957 in France. He is known for his work on The Fifth Element (1997), Léon: The Professional (1994) and La Femme Nikita (1990).

45. Karl Walter Lindenlaub

Cinematographer | Independence Day

Karl Walter Lindenlaub was born on June 19, 1957 in Bremen, Germany. He is known for his work on Independence Day (1996), Stargate (1994) and Moon 44 (1990).

46. Janusz Kaminski

Cinematographer | War Horse

Janusz Kaminski is a Polish cinematographer and film director. He has established a partnership with Steven Spielberg, working as a cinematographer on his movies since 1993. He won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998).

His ...

47. John Schwartzman

Cinematographer | Seabiscuit

John Schwartzman was born on October 18, 1960 in Los Angeles, California, USA as John Marc Schwartzman. He is known for his work on Seabiscuit (2003), Pearl Harbor (2001) and Armageddon (1998).

48. John Mathieson

Cinematographer | Gladiator

John Mathieson came up through the traditional camera ranks. Before his start as a cinematographer in feature films he shot many music videos, documentaries and TV commercials. He also worked in cutting rooms and has always considered himself as a film maker, interested in all areas of the process,...

49. Mauro Fiore

Cinematographer | Avatar

Mauro Fiore was born on November 15, 1964 in Marzi, Calabria, Italy. He is known for his work on Avatar (2009), Training Day (2001) and The Island (2005). He has been married to Christine Vollmer since 2000. They have three children.

50. Emmanuel Lubezki

Cinematographer | Gravity

Lubezki began his career in Mexican film and television productions in the late 1980s. His first international production was the 1993 independent film Twenty Bucks (1993), which followed the journey of a single twenty-dollar bill.

Lubezki is a frequent collaborator with fellow Mexican filmmaker ...

51. Claudio Miranda

Cinematographer | Life of Pi

Claudio Miranda was born in 1964 in Santiago, Chile. He is known for his work on Life of Pi (2012), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and Oblivion (2013).

52. Rodrigo Prieto

Cinematographer | Brokeback Mountain

Rodrigo Prieto is a Mexican cinematographer. He is best known for Brokeback Mountain (2005), Babel (2006), Argo (2012), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), and Silence (2016).

He also worked with Alejandro González Iñárritu on the acclaimed Amores perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), and Biutiful (2010).

...

53. Mikhail Krichman

Cinematographer | Nelyubov

Mikhail Krichman was born on June 17, 1967 in Moscow, RSFSR, USSR as Mikhail Vladimirovich Krichman. He is a cinematographer and writer, known for Loveless (2017), Leviathan (2014) and The Return (2003).

54. Seamus McGarvey

Cinematographer | Atonement

SEAMUS McGARVEY (Director of Photography) has collected two Academy Award nominations for his cinematography: on Joe Wright's 2007 WWI drama "Atonement," and his 2012 adaptation of Tolstoy's classic, "Anna Karenina." In addition to the Oscar nominations, McGarvey won the British Society of ...

55. Robbie Ryan

Cinematographer | The Favourite

Robbie Ryan is an Irish cinematographer. He is best known for his work in Fish Tank (2009), Slow West (2015), Amercican Honey (2016) and The Favourite (2018) for which he was nominated for an Oscar for Best Achievement in Cinematography.

Ryan has already work in more than 90 projects as an ...

56. Hoyte Van Hoytema

Cinematographer | Dunkirk

Hoyte Van Hoytema was born in Horgen, Switzerland. Van Hoytema is a Dutch-Swedish director of photography known for his work on The Fighter (2010), Her (2013), Interstellar (2014), and Dunkirk (2017). Van Hoytema always wanted to be a filmmaker, therefore he wished to attend a film school in The ...

57. Greig Fraser

Cinematographer | Dune

Greig Fraser was born on October 3, 1975 in Melbourne, Australia. He is a cinematographer and producer, known for Dune (2020), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016) and Zero Dark Thirty (2012).



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