My fav cinematographers based on what I've seen so far. Tried to put them in some semblance of rank/order, though admit I didn't give a great deal of thought to that.
Conrad L. Hall
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.
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.
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.
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...
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...
Arthur Edeson is an American cinematographer who was a pioneer of his craft. His career spanned four decades and encompassed many films now regarded as classics. Born in New York in 1891, Edeson first worked as a still photographer. In 1911 he entered the movie business at Eclair Studios, a production unit based in Fort Lee...
Harry Stradling Sr.
Multi-Academy Award-nominated cinematographer (13 in all), Harry Stradling was unique in that he established his reputation both in America and in Europe. He was the nephew of Mary Pickford
's cameraman Walter Stradling
, who provided the connections for his first job in Hollywood. Walter died in 1918 and Harry went on to serve his apprenticeship...
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...
Distinguished American cinematographer Ernest Haller started in the industry in 1914 as an actor with Biograph after leaving his first job as a bank clerk. Within one year he discovered his true calling: being on the other side of the camera. By 1920, he had become a full director of photography and would go on to handle prestige pictures ...
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
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...
“ aka Peter Andrews ” - Tyson-9
Vittorio Storaro, the award-winning cinematographer who won Oscars for "Apocalypse Now
" 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...