Best Cinematographer - Year by Year

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1.
Arthur Edeson
Cinematographer, Casablanca
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...
“ 1930 - All Quiet on the Western Front ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
2.
Fritz Arno Wagner
Cinematographer, M
Regarded as one of the foremost exponents of cinematic expressionism in the 1920's, Fritz Arno Wagner was trained at the Ecole de Beaux Arts in Paris and began in the film industry working for Pathé Freres in 1910. Within just two years, he was promoted to head Pathé's offices in Vienna, and, subsequently...
“ 1931 - M ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
3.
Bert Glennon
Cinematographer, Stagecoach
While attending Stanford University in 1912, Bert Glennon was hired as an assistant cameraman, and, upon graduation, went into the film business full-time. Becoming a director of photography in 1916, Glennon became one of the industry's most respected craftsmen and worked often for such perfectionist directors as John Ford and Cecil B. DeMille...
“ 1932 - Blonde Venus ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
4.
Sol Polito
Cinematographer, Arsenic and Old Lace
Sol Polito, the Oscar-nominated cinematographer who helped create the distinct visual character of Warner Bros. films in the 1930s and 1940s, was born Salvador Polito on November 12, 1892, in Palermo, Sicily. While still young he emigrated to the US with his family, which settled in New York City, where he attended public school...
“ 1933 - Gold Diggers of 1933 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
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Bert Glennon
Cinematographer, Stagecoach
While attending Stanford University in 1912, Bert Glennon was hired as an assistant cameraman, and, upon graduation, went into the film business full-time. Becoming a director of photography in 1916, Glennon became one of the industry's most respected craftsmen and worked often for such perfectionist directors as John Ford and Cecil B. DeMille...
“ 1934 - The Scarlet Empress ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
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“ 1935 - Bride of Frankenstein ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
7.
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'...
“ 1936 - Fury ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
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Joseph Walker
Cinematographer, It's a Wonderful Life
Frank Capra's favourite cinematographer began his working life as an electrical engineer who collaborated with Lee De Forest on building the first wireless transmitter. However, it was his interest in moving picture photography which led him to work in film laboratories, where his numerous pioneering inventions included the first lens adjustment mechanisms (zoom lenses)...
“ 1937 - Lost Horizon ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
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“ 1938 - La bête humaine ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
10.
Ernest Haller
Cinematographer, Gone with the Wind
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 ...
“ 1939 - Gone with the Wind ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
11.
George Barnes
Cinematographer, Rebecca
Veteran cinematographer George S. Barnes had a well-earned reputation for reliability and a knack for combining artistry with economic efficiency. As a result, he was seldom out of work. Having started as a still photographer for Thomas H. Ince in 1918, Barnes quickly rose through the ranks to director of photography...
“ 1940 - Rebecca ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
12.
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...
“ 1941 - Citizen Kane ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
13.
Arthur Edeson
Cinematographer, Casablanca
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...
“ 1942 - Casablanca ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
14.
Joseph A. Valentine
Cinematographer, Rope
“ 1943 - Shadow of a Doubt ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
15.
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'...
“ 1944 - Gaslight ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
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“ 1945 - Les enfants du paradis ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
17.
Victor Milner
Cinematographer, The Lady Eve
Pioneering cinematographer Victor Milner acquired his fascination with the celluloid media during the days of the nickelodeon. After working as a lab assistant for a film equipment manufacturer, he joined Pathe Weekly News in the capacity of projectionist and newsreel cameraman. Among other events, he filmed the U.S...
“ 1946 - The Strange Love of Martha Ivers ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
18.
Nicholas Musuraca
Cinematographer, Out of the Past
Italian-born Nicholas Musuraca's first job in the film business was as a chauffeur to early pioneering producer/director J. Stuart Blackton. Having a knack for photography, he worked behind the cameras in a variety of jobs before finally becoming a cinematographer (or, as they were called in those days...
“ 1947 - Out of the Past ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
19.
John L. Russell
Cinematographer, Psycho
“ 1948 - Macbeth ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
20.
Robert Krasker
Cinematographer, The Third Man
A somewhat underrated figure in cinematographic history, Australian-born Robert Krasker handled some of the most memorable films made in Britain after the Second World War. In his youth, he attended art classes in Paris and studied photography at the Photohaendler Schule in Dresden. He briefly worked for Paramount in Paris...
“ 1949 - The Third Man ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
21.
John F. Seitz
Cinematographer, Sunset Blvd.
Distinguished veteran cinematographer John F. Seitz had eighteen patents for various photographic processes to his name. These included illuminating devices, processes for making dissolves and the matte shot, which he perfected during filming of Rex Ingram's Trifling Women. Seitz started with Essanay in Chicago...
“ 1950 - Sunset Blvd. ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
22.
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...
“ 1951 - The African Queen ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
23.
Harold Rosson
Cinematographer, The Wizard of Oz
Harold G. "Hal" Rosson, a cinematographer known for his subtle and imaginative lighting, was born in Genaseo, New York, on August 24, 1895, although some sources cite his birthday as April 6, 1895, or in 1889. Rosson entered the movie industry in 1908 as an actor at the Vitagraph Studios in Brooklyn...
“ 1952 - Singin' in the Rain ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
24.
Burnett Guffey
Cinematographer, Bonnie and Clyde
Burnett Guffey was a man who loved his family and the work that he did. Till his very last days, he kept his no bull attitude and will always be loved and remembered for his greatness by his family.
“ 1953 - From Here to Eternity ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
25.
Boris Kaufman
Cinematographer, 12 Angry Men
Boris Kaufman, the Oscar-winning cinematographer who shot Jean Vigo's oeuvre and helped introduce a neo-realistic style into American films, was born on August 24, 1897, in Bialystok, Poland, then part of the Russian Empire. The youngest son of librarians, the Soviet directors Denis Kaufman (a.k.a...
“ 1954 - On the Waterfront ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
26.
Stanley Cortez
Cinematographer, The Night of the Hunter
Stanley Cortez was born Samuel Krantz in New York City, New York, the son of Sarah (Lefkowitz) and Moses/Morris Krantz, Austrian Jewish immigrants. His famous actor brother, born Jacob Krantz, changed his name to Ricardo Cortez in order to acquire a more suitably romantic Hollywood image, and Stanley also changed his name...
“ 1955 - The Night of the Hunter ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
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“ 1956 - Sorok pervyy ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
28.
Jerzy Lipman
Cinematographer, Knife in the Water
“ 1957 - Kanal ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
29.
Robert Burks
Cinematographer, Rear Window
The favorite cinematographer of famous director Alfred Hitchcock began working at Warner Bros. when he was 19 years old. He climbed his way up from camera operator to assistant camera man and eventually took over the Special Photographic Effects unit at Warners on Stage 5 in 1944. He became an expert in forced perspective techniques which were widely in use at the time as cost-saving measures...
“ 1958 - Vertigo ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
30.
Robert Burks
Cinematographer, Rear Window
The favorite cinematographer of famous director Alfred Hitchcock began working at Warner Bros. when he was 19 years old. He climbed his way up from camera operator to assistant camera man and eventually took over the Special Photographic Effects unit at Warners on Stage 5 in 1944. He became an expert in forced perspective techniques which were widely in use at the time as cost-saving measures...
“ 1959 - North by Northwest ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
31.
Joseph LaShelle
Cinematographer, The Apartment
Trained as an electrical engineer, Joseph LaShelle entered the film industry as a lab assistant with Paramount in 1920 in order to finance entry to Stanford University. Having worked his way up to superintendent of the Paramount printing room after three years, he decided to stay on. By 1925, he was...
“ 1960 - The Apartment ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
32.
Freddie Francis
Cinematographer, The Elephant Man
During his last years at school he spent most of his time writing a thesis on 'the future of film' On leaving school he joined Gaumont British Studios at Lime Grove as an apprentice to a stills photographer for a year. He claimed this taught him more about the art of photography than any other form of training could...
“ 1961 - The Innocents ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
33.
Sam Leavitt
Cinematographer, Anatomy of a Murder
“ 1962 - Cape Fear ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
34.
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...
“ 1963 - Tystnaden ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
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“ 1964 - Soy Cuba ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
36.
“ 1965 - Repulsion ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
37.
Vadim Yusov
Cinematographer, Solaris
“ 1966 - Andrey Rublyov ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
38.
Haskell Wexler
Two-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler was adjudged one of the ten most influential cinematographers in movie history, according to an International Cinematographers Guild survey of its membership. He won his Oscars in both black & white and color, for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and Bound for Glory (1976)...
“ 1967 - In the Heat of the Night ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
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“ 1968 - C'era una volta il West ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
40.
Adam Holender
Cinematographer, Midnight Cowboy
“ 1969 - Midnight Cowboy ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
41.
Jean Boffety
Cinematographer, César and Rosalie
“ 1970 - Les choses de la vie ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
42.
“ 1971 - Morte a Venezia ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
43.
Gordon Willis
Cinematographer, The Godfather
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 and underexposed film...
“ 1972 - The Godfather ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
44.
Witold Sobocinski
Cinematographer, Frantic
“ 1973 - Wesele ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
45.
John A. Alonzo
Cinematographer, Scarface
“ 1974 - Chinatown ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
46.
John Alcott
Cinematographer, The Shining
John Alcott, the Oscar-winning cinematographer best known for his collaboration with director Stanley Kubrick, was born in 1931, in Isleworth, England, the son of movie executive Arthur Alcott, who would become the production controller at Gainsborough Studios during the 1940s. Alcott began his film career as a clapper boy...
“ 1975 - Barry Lyndon ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
47.
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...
“ 1976 - Novecento ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
48.
“ 1977 - Star Wars ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
49.
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...
“ 1978 - Days of Heaven ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
50.
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...
“ 1979 - Apocalypse Now ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
51.
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.
“ 1980 - Heaven's Gate ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
52.
Walter Lassally
Cinematographer, Zorba the Greek
“ 1981 - Engel aus Eisen ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
53.
“ 1982 - Die Sehnsucht der Veronika Voss ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
54.
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...
“ 1983 - Yentl ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
55.
“ 1984 - Once Upon a Time in America ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
56.
Tony Pierce-Roberts
Cinematographer, Underworld
“ 1985 - A Room with a View ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
57.
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...
“ 1986 - Platoon ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
58.
“ 1987 - Hong gao liang ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
59.
Jack N. Green
Cinematographer, Unforgiven
“ 1988 - Bird ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
60.
“ 1989 - The Cook the Thief His Wife & Her Lover ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
61.
“ 1990 - Korczak ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
62.
Freddie Francis
Cinematographer, The Elephant Man
During his last years at school he spent most of his time writing a thesis on 'the future of film' On leaving school he joined Gaumont British Studios at Lime Grove as an apprentice to a stills photographer for a year. He claimed this taught him more about the art of photography than any other form of training could...
“ 1991 - Cape Fear ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
63.
Jack N. Green
Cinematographer, Unforgiven
“ 1992 - Unforgiven ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
64.
Janusz Kaminski
Cinematographer, Saving Private Ryan
Janusz Kaminski is a Polish cinematographer and film director. He has established a partnership with Steven Spielberg, working as a cinematographer on his movies since 1993. He won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). His other film's as an cinematographer includes Amistad (1997)...
“ 1993 - Schindler's List ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
65.
Yue Lü
Cinematographer, Red Cliff
“ 1994 - Huozhe ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
66.
Pierre Aïm
Cinematographer, La Haine
“ 1995 - La haine ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
67.
Donald McAlpine
Cinematographer, Moulin Rouge!
“ 1996 - Romeo + Juliet ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
68.
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...
“ 1997 - L.A. Confidential ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
69.
Janusz Kaminski
Cinematographer, Saving Private Ryan
Janusz Kaminski is a Polish cinematographer and film director. He has established a partnership with Steven Spielberg, working as a cinematographer on his movies since 1993. He won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). His other film's as an cinematographer includes Amistad (1997)...
“ 1998 - Saving Private Ryan ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
70.
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...
“ 1999 - The War Zone ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
71.
Christopher Doyle
Cinematographer, Ying xiong
“ 2000 - In the Mood for Love ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
72.
Javier Aguirresarobe
Cinematographer, The Others
“ 2001 - The Others ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
73.
Conrad L. Hall
Cinematographer, American Beauty
Born in Tahiti, the son of writer James Norman Hall, author of "Mutiny on the Bounty," Conrad Hall studied filmmaking at USC. He and two classmates formed a production company and sold a project to a local television station. Hall's company branched out into making industrial films and TV commercials...
“ 2002 - Road to Perdition ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
74.
“ 2003 - Io non ho paura ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
75.
Christopher Doyle
Cinematographer, Ying xiong
“ 2004 - 2046 ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
76.
Adrian Biddle
Cinematographer, V for Vendetta
“ 2005 - V for Vendetta ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
77.
José Luis Alcaine
Cinematographer, La piel que habito
Jose Luis Alcaine has a theory that the Frank Borzage movie A Farewell to Arms after a story by Ernest Hemingway, was the main and total inspiration for Pablo Picasso in the creation of the "Guernica", one of the most important painting of the 20th century. He believes that several images of a sequence...
“ 2006 - Volver ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
78.
Janusz Kaminski
Cinematographer, Saving Private Ryan
Janusz Kaminski is a Polish cinematographer and film director. He has established a partnership with Steven Spielberg, working as a cinematographer on his movies since 1993. He won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). His other film's as an cinematographer includes Amistad (1997)...
“ 2007 - Le scaphandre et le papillon ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
79.
Barry Ackroyd
Cinematographer, The Hurt Locker
“ 2008 - The Hurt Locker ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
80.
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...
“ 2009 - Das weiße Band ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
81.
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...
“ 2010 - Shutter Island ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
82.
“ 2011 - Melancholia ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
83.
“ 2012 - Life of Pi ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
84.
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...
“ 2013 - Gravity ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
85.
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...
“ 2014 - Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) ” - dziwnytenswiat
 
86.
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...
“ 2015 - The Hateful Eight ” - dziwnytenswiat