Greatest Cinematographers

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“ Greats: The Shawshank Redemption (1994)☄; Fargo (1996)☄; No Country for Old Men (2007)☄

Give It a Shot: Kundan (1997)☄; O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2001)☄; The Man Who Wasn't There (2001)☄; The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)☄; The Reader (2008)☄; True Grit (2010)☄

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
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.
“ Greats: In Cold Blood (1967)☄; Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)☄; American Beauty (1999)☄; Road to Perdition (2002)☄

Caution: A Civil Action (1998)☄

Other Notable Film(s): Morituri (1965)☄; The Professional (1966)☄; The Day of the Locust (1975)☄; Tequila Sunrise (1988)☄; Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)☄ ” - Paul Hamell
Wally Pfister
Cinematographer, The Dark Knight
“ Greats: Memento (2000); Insomnia (2002); The Prestige (2006); The Dark Knight (2008)☄; Moneyball (2011)☄

Give It a Shot: Batman Begins (2005)☄; Inception (2010)☄; The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
Gordon Willis
Cinematographer, The Godfather
“ Greats: The Godfather (1972); The Godfather: Part II (1974); All the President's Men (1976); Annie Hall (1977); Manhattan (1979); The Godfather: Part III (1990)☄

Other Notable Film(s): Pennies from Heaven (1981); Zelig (1983)☄ ” - Paul Hamell
“ Greats: Magnolia (1999); There Will Be Blood (2007)☄

Give It a Shot: Good Night, and Good Luck. (2005)☄

Other Notable Film(s): ” - Paul Hamell
“ Greats: Platoon (1986)☄; Born on the Fourth of July (1989)☄; JFK (1991)☄; The Aviator (2004)☄; Inglourious Basterds (2009)☄; Hugo (2011)☄

Other Notable Film(s): Snow Falling on Cedars (1999)☄ ” - Paul Hamell
John Toll
Cinematographer, Braveheart
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...
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...
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 1930...
Leon Shamroy
Cinematographer, Planet of the Apes
Joseph Ruttenberg
Cinematographer, The Philadelphia Story
Four-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Joseph Ruttenberg was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1893, at the age of four, his family moved to the United States, eventually settling in Boston. After schooling, he got his first job in 1907 working as a newsboy and personal runner for William Randolph Hearst's 'Boston American'...
Charles Lang
Cinematographer, Some Like It Hot
One of the outstanding cinematographers of Hollywood's Golden Age, Lang spent most of his career at Paramount (1929-1952), where he contributed to the studio's well-earned reputation for visual style. Lang was educated at Lincoln High School in L.A., then proceeded to the University of Southern California to study law...
George J. Folsey
Cinematographer, Forbidden Planet
Pioneer cinematographer George Folsey started out in 1914 as an errand boy with the Lasky Feature Play Company in New York. His introduction to camerawork came, when he was asked by cinematographer H. Lyman Broening to assist with post-production (tracking dissolve and fades for intercutting). By the time he was 21...
Jordan Cronenweth
Cinematographer, Blade Runner
Jeff Cronenweth
Cinematographer, Fight Club
Michael Ballhaus
Cinematographer, The Departed
Sven Nykvist
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...
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...
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...
“ Children of Men (2006) ” - Paul Hamell
Guillaume Schiffman
Cinematographer, The Artist
Danny Cohen
Cinematographer, The King's Speech
Danny Cohen was born in London in 1963. He took a social sciences degree at Sheffield Polytechnic and had a long time interest in photography, particularly stills work. He became a photographic technician at Middlesex Polytechnic and then a camera assistant on documentaries, commercials and films for eight years...
Matthew Libatique
Cinematographer, Black Swan
Mauro Fiore
Cinematographer, Avatar
Christian Berger
Cinematographer, The White Ribbon
1973 founded own production company TTV Film. Extensive work as a documentary film-maker. 1977 building of experimental video studio. Work with and technical support for various young film-makers working under TTV Film. 1980/81 increasing work in TV plays, screen adaptations with various authors, director of photography for feature films and work as director...
Bruno Delbonnel
Cinematographer, Amélie
Barry Ackroyd
Cinematographer, The Hurt Locker
Tom Stern
Cinematographer, The Hunger Games
Chris Menges
Cinematographer, The Reader
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...
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.
Dick Pope
Cinematographer, The Illusionist
Dion Beebe
Cinematographer, Edge of Tomorrow
John Mathieson
Cinematographer, Gladiator
John Mathieson came up through the traditional camera ranks and worked as an assistant to Gabriel Beristáin for several years. Mathieson was first recognized for his work on the music video "Peek-A-Boo" by Siouxsie and the Banshees.
Caleb Deschanel
Cinematographer, Jack Reacher
John Schwartzman
Cinematographer, Jurassic World
Attended USC Film School.
John Seale
Cinematographer, Mad Max: Fury Road
César Charlone
Cinematographer, City of God
Pawel Edelman
Cinematographer, The Pianist
Edward Lachman
Cinematographer, Erin Brockovich
Donald McAlpine
Cinematographer, Moulin Rouge!
Lajos Koltai
Cinematographer, Malèna
Peter Pau
Pau has been one of the top cinematographers in Hong Kong. After his graduation of Filmmaking at San Francisco Art Institute in 1983, he directed his first feature "The Temptation of Dance" and Wu du qing chou (aka Misty) in the 1990s. Pau has been working with the top directors such as John Woo (_Dip hyut shueng hung (1989)_ [aka The Killer])...
Dante Spinotti
Cinematographer, L.A. Confidential
Dante Spinotti was born in Tolmezzo, Udine, in the northeastern Italian Region of Friuli. He began his career at RAI (Italian TV), before that he spent lot of time in Kenia as cinematographer for his uncle. In 1985, producer Dino De Laurentiis offered him a chance to work in USA for the first time with Michael Mann for the feature Manhunter...
Remi Adefarasin
Cinematographer, Match Point
Russell Carpenter
Cinematographer, Titanic
Darius Khondji
Cinematographer, Amour
Hal Mohr
Cinematographer, Captain Blood
Distinguished pioneering cinematographer, with a six-decade long career in motion pictures. As a teenager, Hal built his own camera while still at school and took photos of local interest which he then developed and printed. He sent a number of these pictures to the New York Herald-Tribune and they were deemed good enough to invite interest from Hollywood...
Joseph Ruttenberg
Cinematographer, The Philadelphia Story
Four-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Joseph Ruttenberg was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1893, at the age of four, his family moved to the United States, eventually settling in Boston. After schooling, he got his first job in 1907 working as a newsboy and personal runner for William Randolph Hearst's 'Boston American'...