Favorite Cinematographers

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1.
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.
“ Favorite accomplishments:

Road to Perdition
American Beauty
The Day of the Locust ” - jdkraus
 
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“ Favorite accomplishments:

Schindler's List
Saving Private Ryan
War Horse ” - jdkraus
 
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“ Favorite accomplishments:

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
The Man Who Wasn't There
True Grit
Skyfall
The Shawshank Redemption
Kundun ” - jdkraus
 
4.
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...
“ Favorite accomplishments:

The Last Emperor
Apocalypse Now
Dick Tracey
Reds ” - jdkraus
 
5.
John Toll
Cinematographer, Braveheart
“ Favorite accomplishments:

Braveheart
The Thin Red Line
The Last Samurai
Legends of the Fall ” - jdkraus
 
6.
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...
“ Favorite accomplishments:

The Revenant
Birdman
Gravity
The New World
Sleepy Hollow ” - jdkraus
 
7.
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.
“ Favorite accomplishments:

Close Encounters of the Third Kind
The Black Dahlia
The Deer Hunter ” - jdkraus
 
8.
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...
“ Favorite accomplishments:

Citizen Kane
The Grapes of Wraith ” - jdkraus
 
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“ Favorite accomplishments:

Hugo
Born on the Fourth of July
The Aviator
JFK
Wall Street ” - jdkraus
 
10.
Sven Nykvist
Cinematographer, Sleepless in Seattle
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...
“ Favorite accomplishments:

Fanny and Alexander
Persona
The Seventh Seal ” - jdkraus
 
11.
Gordon Willis
Cinematographer, The Godfather
“ Favorite accomplishments:

The Godfather Trilogy ” - jdkraus
 
12.
Wally Pfister
Cinematographer, The Dark Knight
“ Favorite accomplishments:

Inception
The Dark Knight
The Prestige ” - jdkraus
 
13.
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.
“ Favorite accomplishments:

Gladiator
The Phantom of the Opera
Kingdom of Heaven ” - jdkraus
 
14.
Dean Semler
Cinematographer, Apocalypto
“ Favorite accomplishments:

Dances with Wolves
Apocalypto
We Were Soldiers ” - jdkraus
 
15.
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...
“ Favorite accomplishments:

The Last of the Mohicans
Heat
The Insider ” - jdkraus
 
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“ Favorite accomplishments:

E.T.
The Empire of the Sun
Bugsy ” - jdkraus
 
17.
Dion Beebe
Cinematographer, Edge of Tomorrow
“ Favorite accomplishments:

Collateral
Memoirs of a Geisha ” - jdkraus
 
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“ Favorite accomplishments:

There Will Be Blood
Boogie Nights ” - jdkraus
 
19.
Chris Menges
Cinematographer, The Reader
“ Favorite accomplishments:

The Mission
The Killing Fields ” - jdkraus
 
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“ Favorite accomplishments:

A River Runs Through It
Sherlock Holmes
Interview with a Vampire ” - jdkraus
 
21.
Michael Ballhaus
Cinematographer, The Departed
“ Favorite accomplishments:

Gangs of New York
Goodfellas
Dracula
Sleepers ” - jdkraus
 
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“ Favorite accomplishments:

Babel
Alexander
Amorres Perros
Argo ” - jdkraus
 
23.
“ Favorite accomplishments:

Once Upon a Time in the West
Once Upon a Time in America
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly ” - jdkraus
 
24.
“ Favorite accomplishments:

King Kong
Star Trek the Motion Picture
Scarface ” - jdkraus
 
25.
Barry Ackroyd
Cinematographer, The Hurt Locker
“ Favorite accomplishments:

The Hurt Locker
Captain Phillips ” - jdkraus