Best Cinematographers

by aditya_vashisht | created - 03 Feb 2011 | updated - 10 Oct 2013 | Public

1. Gregg Toland

Cinematographer | Citizen Kane

Born in Illinois in 1904, the only child of Jennie and Frank Toland, Gregg and his mother moved to California several years after his parents divorced in 1910. Through Jennie's work as a housekeeper for several people in the movie business, Gregg may had gotten a $12-a-week job at age 15 as an ...

2. 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 ...

3. 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 ...

4. Conrad L. Hall

Cinematographer | Road to Perdition

Born in Tahiti, the son of writer James Norman Hall, author of "Mutiny on the Bounty," Conrad Hall studied filmmaking at USC. He and two classmates formed a production company and sold a project to a local television station. Hall's company branched out into making industrial films and TV ...

5. 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, and received thirteen nominations for the Academy Award for Best Cinematography.

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6. Janusz Kaminski

Cinematographer | Schindler's List

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 ...

7. Wally Pfister

Cinematographer | Inception

Wally Pfister is an American cinematographer and film director, who is best known for his work with Christopher Nolan. He is also known for his work on director F. Gary Gray's The Italian Job (2003) and Bennett Miller's Moneyball (2011).

He made his directorial debut with the film Transcendence (...

8. 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...

9. 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), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) and Amélie (2001).

10. V.K. Murthy

Cinematographer | Kaagaz Ke Phool

V.K. Murthy was born on November 26, 1923 in Mysore, India. He is known for his work on Kaagaz Ke Phool (1959), Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962) and Baaz (1953). He died on April 7, 2014 in Bangalore, Karnataka, India.

11. Jordan Cronenweth

Cinematographer | Blade Runner

Jordan Cronenweth was born on February 20, 1935 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Jordan Scott Cronenweth. He is known for his work on Blade Runner (1982), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) and Altered States (1980). He died on November 29, 1996 in Los Angeles.

12. Gordon Willis

Cinematographer | Zelig

Gordon Willis was an American cinematographer. He is best known for his work on Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather series as well as Woody Allen's Annie Hall (1977) and Manhattan (1979).

His work in the first two Godfather films turned out to be groundbreaking in its use of low-light photography ...

13. Santosh Sivan

Cinematographer | Theeviravaathi: The Terrorist

Santosh Sivan is a cinematographer and director, known for Theeviravaathi: The Terrorist (1998), Ashoka the Great (2001) and Before the Rains (2007).

14. Ashok Mehta

Cinematographer | Moksha: Salvation

Ashok Mehta was born in 1947 in Punjab, India. He is known for his work on Moksha: Salvation (2001), 36 Chowringhee Lane (1981) and Chalte Chalte (2003). He died on August 15, 2012 in Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

15. Anthony Dod Mantle

Cinematographer | 127 Hours

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

16. Emmanuel Lubezki

Cinematographer | Children of Men

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 ...

17. Govind Nihalani

Cinematographer | Dev

Won Prestigious National Film Award for Best Cinematography for Junoon (1978) in 1979.

18. Rajiv Menon

Cinematographer | Kandukondain Kandukondain

Rajiv Menon, Founder of "Rajiv Menon Productions", born in Kerala, joined the Film and Television Institute of Chennai in 1981, to study cinematography. In 1984, he went to America to train under cinematographer Garret Brown, best known for his invention of the Steadicam. In 1986, Rajiv founded "...

19. Matthew Libatique

Cinematographer | Black Swan

Matthew Libatique was born on July 19, 1968 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Matthew J. Libatique. He is known for his work on Black Swan (2010), Requiem for a Dream (2000) and Pi (1998).

20. P.C. Sreeram

Cinematographer | Nayakan

21. Subrata Mitra

Cinematographer | New Delhi Times

Subrata Mitra, one of India's leading cinematographers, is most famous for his collaboration with Satyajit Ray. He was a frequent visiting lecturer at the Film and Television Institute of India in Pune, near Bombay.

22. Stuart Dryburgh

Cinematographer | The Piano

Member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) since 2009.

His work in 'The Piano' is a masterpiece.

23. Chris Menges

Cinematographer | The Killing Fields

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

24. Jeff Cronenweth

Cinematographer | Gone Girl

Jeff Cronenweth was born on January 14, 1962 in Los Angeles County, California, USA as Jeffrey Scott Cronenweth. He is known for his work on Gone Girl (2014), The Social Network (2010) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011).

25. Ravi K. Chandran

Cinematographer | OK Jaanu

26. 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...

27. 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).

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28. Nataraja Subramanian

Cinematographer | Jab We Met

Nataraja Subramanian is a cinematographer and actor, known for Jab We Met (2007), Raanjhanaa (2013) and Parineeta (2005).

29. Tassaduq Hussain

Cinematographer | Omkara

30. Seamus McGarvey

Cinematographer | Atonement

Seamus McGarvey BSC, born 29 June 1967 in Armagh, Northern Ireland, is an Irish cinematographer who began his career as a still photographer before attending film school at the University of Westminster in London. Upon graduating in 1988 he began shooting short films and documentaries, including ...

31. 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).

32. Freddie Young

Cinematographer | Lawrence of Arabia

Cinematographer with a long and distinguished career crowned with Oscars for three consecutive films directed by David Lean between 1962-1970. Awarded OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in 1970.

33. 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 ...

34. Yu Cao

Cinematographer | Nanjing! Nanjing!

35. Douglas Slocombe

Cinematographer | Raiders of the Lost Ark

London-born Douglas Slocombe has long been regarded as one of the film industry's premiere cinematographers, but he began his career as a photojournalist for Life magazine and the Paris-Match newspaper before World War II. During the war he became a newsreel cameraman, and at war's end he went to ...

36. William A. Fraker

Cinematographer | Bullitt

William A. Fraker was born on September 29, 1923 in Los Angeles, California, USA as William Ashman Fraker. He is known for his work on Bullitt (1968), WarGames (1983) and One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975). He was married to Denise. He died on May 31, 2010 in Los Angeles.

37. Néstor Almendros

Cinematographer | Days of Heaven

One of the highest appraised contemporary cinematographers. He was born in Spain but moved to Cuba by age 18 to join his exiled anti-Franco father. In Havana, he founded a cineclub and wrote film reviews. Then, he went on to study in Rome at the Centro Sperimentale. He directed six shorts in Cuba ...

38. 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).

39. S. Tirru

Cinematographer | 24

40. Balu Mahendra

Director | Moondram Pirai

Balu Mahendra was born on May 20, 1939 in Sri Lanka as Benjamin Mahendra. He was a director and cinematographer, known for Moondram Pirai (1982), Veedu (1988) and Sandhya Raagam (1989). He died on February 13, 2014 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India.

41. K.K. Mahajan

Cinematographer | Kalicharan

42. Soumendu Roy

Camera_department | Meghe Dhaka Tara

Soumendu Roy was born on February 7, 1933. He is known for his work on Meghe Dhaka Tara (1960), Saranga (1961) and Chiriyakhana (1967).

43. Rob Hardy

Cinematographer | Ex Machina

Rob Hardy BSC is best known for his work on 'RED RIDING 1974' - 'EX MACHINA' and 'BOY A' for which he won a BAFTA.

Most recently, he completed principle photography on 'EUPHORIA' , Produced by and staring Alicia Vikander along with Eva Green & Charlotte Rampling.

In addition he has shot Alex ...

44. Greig Fraser

Cinematographer | Foxcatcher

Greig Fraser was born on October 3, 1975 in Melbourne, Australia. He is known for his work on Foxcatcher (2014), Rogue One (2016) and Zero Dark Thirty (2012).

45. Robbie Ryan

Cinematographer | Slow West

Graduated from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology.

46. Harris Savides

Cinematographer | Elephant

Harris Savides was born on September 28, 1957 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a cinematographer, known for Elephant (2003), Zodiac (2007) and Birth (2004). He was married to Medine Chenet. He died on October 9, 2012 in Manhattan, New York City.