My favorite cinematographers.

Like a lot of people here, I love movies and I love the people who bring them to life. This isn't a list of the best DPs (though some are inarguably great); these are ones whose work I greatly admire. And, BTW, for those wondering, 'What about Gregg Toland?' or 'Where's James Wong Howe?', I'm not familiar enough with their work, but I'm trying.
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Roger Deakins
Cinematographer, The Shawshank Redemption
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. Deakins' first feature film in America as cinematographer was Mountains of the Moon (1990)...
 
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Dean Cundey
Cinematographer, Back to the Future
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 miniature sets...
 
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Matthew Libatique
Cinematographer, Black Swan
 
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Anastas N. Michos
Cinematographer, Man on the Moon
Anastas Michos works with bold confidence in every genre. From lush period pieces, to sparkling romantic comedies, from electrifying thrillers to pulsating musicals, Michos brings to each of his films a strong style and dynamic look. His versatility is front and center in the kaleidoscopic musical...
 
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Robert McLachlan
Cinematographer, Game of Thrones
As the son of an artist Robert was surrounded by art and images his whole life and began taking night courses in advanced photography while still a junior in high school. During that time he also became the Canadian Cycling Champion and a Canada Games Gold medalist but left a promising sporting career to pursue film exclusively...
 
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Phedon Papamichael
Cinematographer, The Pursuit of Happyness
Phedon Papamichael, an award winning Cinematographer, was born in Athens, Greece and moved with his family to Germany, where in 1982 he completed his education in Fine Arts, in Munich. Working as a photojournalist brought Phedon to NYC in 1983, where he started crossing over into cinematography. His first short film...
 
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John R. Leonetti
Cinematographer, The Conjuring
 
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Michael Ballhaus
Cinematographer, The Departed
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 (2002), and The Departed (2006)...
 
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Harris Savides
Cinematographer, Zodiac
 
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Adrian Biddle
Cinematographer, V for Vendetta
 
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Stephen Goldblatt
Cinematographer, The Help
 
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Peter Levy
Cinematographer, Predator 2
 
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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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Jacques Haitkin
Camera and Electrical Department, The Fate of the Furious
Every horror film buff will recognize the name Jacques Haitkin. He photographed the features A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984), as well as Part II of that series and The Hidden, all considered to be classics of this genre. His imagination and skill at helping the director "put every dollar on the screen" has earned him an enviable reputation as a master craftsmen...
 
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Mauro Fiore
Cinematographer, Avatar
 
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Bill Pope
Cinematographer, The Matrix
 
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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 won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography three times...
 
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Dion Beebe
Cinematographer, Edge of Tomorrow
 
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Donald Peterman
Cinematographer, Men in Black
 
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Andrew Laszlo
Cinematographer, First Blood
Cinematographer Andrew Laszlo was born on January 12, 1926 in Papa, Hungary. Laszlo started out as a camera apprentice at the Motion Picture Studios of Budapest when World War II began. Andrew and his family were sent to a Nazi concentration camp; he was the sole member of his family to survive this...
 
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Steven Soderbergh
Director, Ocean's Eleven
Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to Baton Rouge...
 
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Greig Fraser
Cinematographer, Foxcatcher
 
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Peter Deming
Cinematographer, Twin Peaks
 
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Wally Pfister
Cinematographer, The Dark Knight
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 (2014), starring Johnny Depp...
 
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Caleb Deschanel
Cinematographer, The Patriot
Caleb Deschanel is an American film cinematographer and film/television director. He has been nominated for five Academy Awards, each time in the field of cinematography. The first nomination came in 1983 for the film The Right Stuff. His second was in 1984 for The Natural. A third came in 1996 for Fly Away Home...
 
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Rodrigo Prieto
Cinematographer, The Wolf of Wall Street
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). Pietro was nominated for two Academy Award for Best Cinematography...
 
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John A. Alonzo
Cinematographer, Scarface
 
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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...
 
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Mihai Malaimare Jr.
Cinematographer, The Master
 
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Hoyte Van Hoytema
Cinematographer, Interstellar
 
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Linus Sandgren
Cinematographer, La La Land
Linus Sandgren is an Academy Award winning Swedish cinematographer. He is best known for his work with Damien Chazelle on La La Land (2016) and his collaboration with David O Russell on the films American Hustle (2013) and Joy (2015). He also worked with Gus Van Sant on Promised Land where he shot the film in a unique format, Super 35mm 1.3x anamorphic...