Best Cinematographers

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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 office boy at William Fox Studios...
 
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Jack Cardiff
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 life in pantomime and vaudeville...
 
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Vittorio Storaro
Cinematographer, Apocalypse Now
Vittorio Storaro, the award-winning cinematographer who won Oscars for "Apocalypse Now", "Reds" and "The Last Emperor". 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 technical school...
 
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Conrad L. Hall
Cinematographer, American Beauty
Connie's career got its major boost when Leslie Stevens hired him as Director of Photography for his first TV series, "Stoney Burke", in 1962, and then he became the major DP for the "Outer Limits", from 1963-64, along with his camera operator, Bill Fraker, both of whom moved on to brilliant film careers.
 
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Wally Pfister
Cinematographer, The Dark Knight
 
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Sven Nykvist
Cinematographer, Sleepless in Seattle
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 most natural look imaginable...
 
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Bruno Delbonnel
Cinematographer, Amélie
 
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Jordan Cronenweth
Cinematographer, Blade Runner
 
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Gordon Willis
Cinematographer, The Godfather
 
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Santosh Sivan
Cinematographer, Ashoka the Great
 
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Ashok Mehta
Cinematographer, Chalte Chalte
 
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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, which followed the journey of a single twenty-dollar bill. Lubezki is a frequent collaborator with fellow Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón...
 
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Govind Nihalani
Cinematographer, Dev
 
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Rajiv Menon
Cinematographer, Guru
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 "Rajiv Menon Productions"...
 
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Matthew Libatique
Cinematographer, Iron Man
 
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P.C. Sreeram
Cinematographer, Paa
 
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Subrata Mitra
Cinematographer, Pather Panchali
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.
 
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“ His work in 'The Piano' is a masterpiece. ” - aditya_vashisht
 
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Chris Menges
Cinematographer, The Reader
 
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Jeff Cronenweth
Cinematographer, Fight Club
 
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Nataraja Subramanian
Cinematographer, Jab We Met
 
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Tassaduq Hussain
Cinematographer, Omkara
 
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Seamus McGarvey
Cinematographer, The Avengers
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 Skin...
 
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Vilmos Zsigmond
Cinematographer, The Deer Hunter
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 and Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
 
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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.
 
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Yu Cao
Cinematographer, Nanjing! Nanjing!
 
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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 work for Ealing Studios as a camera operator...
 
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William A. Fraker
Camera and Electrical Department, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
 
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Néstor Almendros
Cinematographer, Kramer vs. Kramer
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 and two in New York...
 
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S. Tirru
Cinematographer, Krrish 3
 
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Balu Mahendra
Director, Sadma
 
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K.K. Mahajan
Cinematographer, Chhoti Si Baat
 
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Rob Hardy
Cinematographer, Ex Machina
 
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Greig Fraser
Cinematographer, Foxcatcher
 
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Robbie Ryan
Cinematographer, Philomena
 
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