Leading 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...
“ Gregg Toland was a skilled technician his work on The Grapes Of Wrath and Citizen Kane were examples of his craft. ” - aanensonb
James Wong Howe
Cinematographer, The Thin Man
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 he worked for the Northern Pacific Railroad...
“ James Wong Howe photographed a significant amount of films. ” - aanensonb
Geoffrey Unsworth
Cinematographer, 2001: A Space Odyssey
Goeffrey Unsworth was one of the great cinematographers of the 20th Century, the winner of two Oscars, five BAFTA awards, and three awards from the British Society of Cinematographers for his work as a director of photography. Born in 1914 in Lancashire, England, Unsworth started in the industry in 1932 at Gaumont-British before joining Technicolor in 1937...
“ Geoffory Unsworth was one of Britain's leading cinematographers notable films which he photographed were 2001: A Space Odyssey,Cabaret,Murder On the Orient Express. ” - aanensonb
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...
“ He photographed many of Ingmar Bergman's films his work displayed his talent for creating a natural atmosphere in the films that was involved in films like Cries & Whispers and Fanny & Alexander. ” - aanensonb
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...
“ Another cinematographer who created a natural effect in the films he photographed in films like Days Of Heaven and Kramer Vs Kramer. ” - aanensonb
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...
“ One of the world's leading cinematographers his work with Bernardo Bertolucchi with films such as The Conformist and Last Tango In Paris and The Last Emperor as well as his work on Francis Coppola's Apocalypse Now and Warren Beatty's Reds have demonstrated his talent for creating stunning images. ” - aanensonb
“ He came to notice for photographing Oliver Stone's film JFK for which recieved his first Academy Award other films of note have been The Horse Whisperer directed by Robert Redford and Hugo directed by Martin Scorsese for which he recieved his second Academy award his other notable work was Snow Falling On Cedars. ” - aanensonb
“ Russell Boyd photographed several films for Peter Weir his noted efforts have been Picnic At Hanging Rock and My Brilliant Career and Gallipoli and Master & Commander. ” - aanensonb
Dean Semler
Cinematographer, Dances with Wolves
“ A former NWS 9 cinecameraman he also worked for the ABC and went on to work for Kennedy/Miller Entertainment for the second and third Mad Max films and mini series features also for Kennedy/Miller.
he later worked as Director Of Photography for the film Dances With Wolves for which he recieved an Academy Award. ” - aanensonb
“ He photographed some films directed by Fedrico Fellini,he later worked in America where he photographed the film All That Jazz. ” - aanensonb