15 Favorite Cinematographersby Robert-159 | created - 12 Mar 2011 | updated - 19 May 2014 | 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 ...
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 ...
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).
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 ...
6. 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...
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.
Most moviegoers familiar with Gilbert Taylor probably think of him as the cinematographer for Star Wars, but when I think of him, I think of Dr. Strangelove, A Hard Day’s Night, Repulsion, Macbeth, and Frenzy.
9. 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...
10. James Wong Howe
Cinematographer | The Rose Tattoo
Master cinematographer James Wong Howe, whose career stretched from silent pictures through the mid-'70s, was born Wong Tung Jim in Canton (now Guangzhou), China, on August 28, 1899, the son of Wong How. His father emigrated to America the year James was born, settling in Pasco, Washington, where ...
11. Yuri Ilyenko
Director | Bilyy ptakh z chornoyu vidznakoyu
Yuri Ilyenko was born on July 18, 1936 in Cherkassy, Ukrainian SSR, USSR as Yuri Gerasimovich Ilyenko. He was a director and writer, known for Bilyy ptakh z chornoyu vidznakoyu (1971), Swan Lake: The Zone (1990) and Vecher nakanune Ivana Kupala (1969). He was married to Lyudmila Efymenko. He died ...
14. David Watkin
Cinematographer | Out of Africa
David Watkin was born on March 23rd 1925 to a middle class family in Kent, England. Being fond of classical music, he originally wanted to become a pianist despite the lack of support from his religious father.
Watkin served shortly in World War II before finally beginning his career in cinema. His ...