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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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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...
 
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William A. Fraker
Camera and Electrical Department, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
 
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John A. Alonzo
Cinematographer, Scarface
 
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Gordon Willis
Cinematographer, The Godfather
 
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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...
 
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Andrzej Sekula
Cinematographer, Pulp Fiction
 
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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...
 
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Russell Metty
Cinematographer, Spartacus
Cinematographer Russell Metty, a superb craftsman who worked with such top directors as John Huston, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg and Orson Welles, was born in Los Angeles on Septmeber 20, 1906. Entering the movie industry as a lab assistant, he apprenticed as an assistant cameraman and graduated to lighting cameraman at RKO Radio Pictures in 1935...
 
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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...
 
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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...
 
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John L. Russell
Cinematographer, Psycho
 
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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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Barry Ackroyd
Cinematographer, The Hurt Locker
 
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John Toll
Cinematographer, Braveheart
 
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Sean Bobbitt
Cinematographer, 12 Years a Slave
 
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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...
 
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Wally Pfister
Cinematographer, The Dark Knight
 
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Pawel Edelman
Cinematographer, The Pianist
 
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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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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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Serge Ladouceur
Cinematographer, Supernatural
A native of Province of Quebec, Serge Ladouceur spent two years studying all aspects of filmmaking at the London International Film School. Upon his return to Canada, he worked his way up from assistant-cameraman to camera operator and second unit DP to director of photography on international miniseries...
 
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John S. Bartley
Cinematographer, The X-Files
 
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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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John Mathieson
Cinematographer, Gladiator
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.
 
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Simon Duggan
Cinematographer, The Great Gatsby
 
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John Schwartzman
Cinematographer, Jurassic World
Attended USC Film School.
 
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Bojan Bazelli
Cinematographer, The Lone Ranger
Cinematographer Bojan Bazelli, ASC is a master image maker working at the forefront of today's most high profile, visually progressive films. Bazelli most recently wrapped principal photography on director Gore Verbinski's Cure for Wellness, which opens in theaters Feb. 17, 2017. The director-DP duo previously collaborated on The Lone Ranger...
 
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John Bailey
Cinematographer, Groundhog Day
 
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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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Bruno Delbonnel
Cinematographer, Amélie
 
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Andrzej Sekula
Cinematographer, Pulp Fiction
 
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Darius Khondji
Cinematographer, Amour
 
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Javier Aguirresarobe
Cinematographer, The Others
 
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Peter Deming
Cinematographer, Twin Peaks
 
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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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Newton Thomas Sigel
Cinematographer, Drive
 
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Jeff Cronenweth
Cinematographer, Fight Club
 
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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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Dean Semler
Cinematographer, Dances with Wolves
 
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Harris Savides
Cinematographer, Zodiac
 
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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...
 
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Jordan Cronenweth
Cinematographer, Blade Runner
 
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Matthew Libatique
Cinematographer, Iron Man
 
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Douglas Slocombe
Cinematographer, Raiders of the Lost Ark
London-born Douglas Slocombe has long been regarded as one of the film industry's premiere cinematographers, but he began his career as a photojournalist for Life magazine and the Paris-Match newspaper before World War II. During the war he became a newsreel cameraman, and at war's end he went to work for Ealing Studios as a camera operator...
 
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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...