The Greatest Cinematographers

An arbitrary list of cinematographers whom I think had shot the best (looking) films of all time.
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Wally Pfister
Cinematographer, The Dark Knight
 
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Jeff Cronenweth
Cinematographer, Fight Club
 
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Richard Rutkowski
Camera and Electrical Department, Requiem for a Dream
 
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Gordon Willis
Cinematographer, The Godfather
 
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Conrad L. Hall
Cinematographer, American Beauty
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.
 
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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)...
 
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Michael Ballhaus
Cinematographer, The Departed
 
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Don Burgess
Cinematographer, Forrest Gump
 
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Newton Thomas Sigel
Cinematographer, Drive
 
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Michael Chapman
Cinematographer, Taxi Driver
 
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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...
 
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Bruno Delbonnel
Cinematographer, Amélie
 
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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...
 
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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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Chris Menges
Cinematographer, The Reader
 
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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...
 
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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.
 
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John Toll
Cinematographer, Braveheart
 
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Adam Stone
Cinematographer, Mud
 
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Frank Griebe
Cinematographer, Cloud Atlas