My favorite cinematographers.

by choyt19 | created - 01 Jul 2011 | updated - 15 Feb 2017 | Public

Like a lot of people here, I love movies and I love the people who bring them to life. This isn't a list of the best DPs (though some are inarguably great); these are ones whose work I greatly admire. And, BTW, for those wondering, 'What about Gregg Toland?' or 'Where's James Wong Howe?', I'm not familiar enough with their work, but I'm trying.

1. Roger Deakins

Cinematographer | Skyfall

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.

Deakins' first feature film in America as cinematographer was Mountains of the Moon (...

2. Dean Cundey

Cinematographer | Jurassic Park

Dean Cundey reigns supreme as one of the best, most prolific, and talented cinematographers to ever grace celluloid with his often striking and accomplished photography. Cundey was born on March 12th, 1946, in Alhambra, California. One of his hobbies during his elementary school days was building ...

3. Stefan Czapsky

Cinematographer | Ed Wood

Stefan Czapsky was born in December 1950 in Oldenburg, Germany. He is known for his work on Ed Wood (1994), Edward Scissorhands (1990) and Safe (2012).

4. Stephen H. Burum

Cinematographer | The Untouchables

Stephen H. Burum was born on November 25, 1939 in Visalia, California, USA as Stephen Henry Burum. He is known for his work on The Untouchables (1987), The War of the Roses (1989) and Mission: Impossible (1996).

5. Matthew Libatique

Cinematographer | Black Swan

Matthew Libatique was born on July 19, 1968 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Matthew J. Libatique. He is known for his work on Black Swan (2010), Requiem for a Dream (2000) and Pi (1998).

6. Anastas N. Michos

Cinematographer | The Forgotten

Anastas Michos works with bold confidence in every genre. From lush period pieces, to sparkling romantic comedies, from electrifying thrillers to pulsating musicals, Michos brings to each of his films a strong style and dynamic look.

His versatility is front and center in the kaleidoscopic musical ...

7. Robert McLachlan

Cinematographer | Game of Thrones

As the son of an artist Robert was surrounded by art and images his whole life and began taking night courses in advanced photography while still a junior in high school. During that time he also became the Canadian Cycling Champion and a Canada Games Gold medalist but left a promising sporting ...

8. Phedon Papamichael

Cinematographer | Nebraska

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...

9. John R. Leonetti

Director | Annabelle

John R. Leonetti was born on July 4, 1956 in California, USA as John Robert Leonetti. He is known for his work on Annabelle (2014), The Conjuring (2013) and Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013).

10. Michael Ballhaus

Cinematographer | Goodfellas

Michael Ballhaus was a German cinematographer. He worked on many American films, including Baby It's You (1983), Old Enough (1984), After Hours (1985), The Color of Money (1986), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Goodfellas (1990), Dracula (1992), The Age of Innocence (1993), Gangs of New York ...

11. Flavio Martínez Labiano

Cinematographer | The Shallows

Flavio Martínez Labiano was born in 1962 in San Sebastián, Spain. He is known for his work on The Shallows (2016), Los cronocrímenes (2007) and Unknown (2011).

12. Harris Savides

Cinematographer | Elephant

Harris Savides was born on September 28, 1957 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a cinematographer, known for Elephant (2003), Zodiac (2007) and Birth (2004). He was married to Medine Chenet. He died on October 9, 2012 in Manhattan, New York City.

13. Adrian Biddle

Cinematographer | V for Vendetta

Adrian Biddle was born on July 20, 1952 in Woolwich, London, England. He is known for his work on V for Vendetta (2005), Thelma & Louise (1991) and Aliens (1986). He was married to Mo. He died on December 7, 2005 in London.

14. Stephen Goldblatt

Cinematographer | The Help

Stephen Goldblatt was born in 1945 in South Africa. He is known for his work on The Help (2011), Closer (2004) and Angels in America (2003).

15. Peter Levy

Cinematographer | Predator 2

Peter Levy was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is known for his work on Predator 2 (1990), Lost in Space (1998) and The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004).

16. Emmanuel Lubezki

Cinematographer | Children of Men

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 (1993), which followed the journey of a single twenty-dollar bill.

Lubezki is a frequent collaborator with fellow Mexican filmmaker ...

17. Jacques Haitkin

Camera_department | The Fate of the Furious

Every horror film buff will recognize the name Jacques Haitkin. He photographed the features A Nightmare On Elm Street (1984), as well as Part II of that series and The Hidden, all considered to be classics of this genre. His imagination and skill at helping the director "put every dollar on the ...

18. Florian Ballhaus

Cinematographer | Allegiant

Florian Ballhaus was born in 1965 in Baden-Baden, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. He is known for his work on Allegiant (2016), Godzilla (1998) and RED (2010).

19. Mauro Fiore

Cinematographer | Avatar

Mauro Fiore was born on November 15, 1964 in Marzi, Calabria, Italy. He is known for his work on Avatar (2009), Training Day (2001) and The Island (2005). He has been married to Christine Vollmer since 2000. They have three children.

20. Bill Pope

Cinematographer | The Matrix

Bill Pope was born on June 19, 1952 in Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA as William Homer Pope. He is a cinematographer and director, known for The Matrix (1999), The Jungle Book (2016) and Spider-Man 2 (2004). He is married to Sharon Oreck. They have one child.

21. 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...

22. Tim Suhrstedt

Cinematographer | Idiocracy

Tim Suhrstedt was born in 1949 in Catonsville, Maryland, USA. He is known for his work on Idiocracy (2006), Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989) and Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992). He is married to Deborah Lynn Scott.

23. Matthew F. Leonetti

Cinematographer | Strange Days

Matthew F. Leonetti was born on July 31, 1941 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Matthew Frank Leonetti. He is known for his work on Strange Days (1995), Star Trek: First Contact (1996) and Star Trek: Insurrection (1998).

24. Dion Beebe

Cinematographer | Memoirs of a Geisha

Dion Beebe is an Australian-South African cinematographer. He is best known for his collaboration with Rob Marshall in the films Chicago (2002), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005), Nine (2009), Into the Woods (2014) and Mary Poppins Returns (2018);

Beebe also worked with Michael Mann in Collateral (2004) ...

25. Donald Peterman

Cinematographer | Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

Donald Peterman was born on January 3, 1932 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Donald William Peterman. He is known for his work on Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986), Flashdance (1983) and Point Break (1991). He was married to Sally. He died on February 5, 2011 in Palos Verdes Estates, ...

26. Andrew Laszlo

Cinematographer | Innerspace

Cinematographer Andrew Laszlo was born on January 12, 1926 in Papa, Hungary. Laszlo started out as a camera apprentice at the Motion Picture Studios of Budapest when World War II began. Andrew and his family were sent to a Nazi concentration camp; he was the sole member of his family to survive ...

27. Tak Fujimoto

Cinematographer | The Silence of the Lambs

Tak Fujimoto was born on July 12, 1939 in San Diego, California, USA as Takashi Fujimoto. He is known for his work on The Silence of the Lambs (1991), The Sixth Sense (1999) and Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977).

28. Steven Soderbergh

Director | Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Steven Andrew Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the second of six children of Mary Ann (Bernard) and Peter Soderbergh. His father was of Swedish and Irish descent, and his mother was of Italian ancestry. While he was still at a very young age, his family moved to ...

29. Mark Irwin

Cinematographer | Videodrome

Mark Irwin was born on August 7, 1950 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He is known for his work on Videodrome (1983), The Dead Zone (1983) and The Fly (1986).

30. Greig Fraser

Cinematographer | Foxcatcher

Greig Fraser was born on October 3, 1975 in Melbourne, Australia. He is known for his work on Foxcatcher (2014), Rogue One (2016) and Zero Dark Thirty (2012).

31. Peter Deming

Cinematographer | Twin Peaks

Peter Deming was born on December 13, 1957 in Beirut, Lebanon. He is known for his work on Twin Peaks (2017), Oz the Great and Powerful (2013) and Mulholland Dr. (2001).

32. Wally Pfister

Cinematographer | Inception

Wally Pfister is an American cinematographer and film director, who is best known for his work with Christopher Nolan. He is also known for his work on director F. Gary Gray's The Italian Job (2003) and Bennett Miller's Moneyball (2011).

He made his directorial debut with the film Transcendence (...

33. Caleb Deschanel

Cinematographer | The Passion of the Christ

Caleb Deschanel is an American film cinematographer and film/television director. He has been nominated for five Academy Awards, each time in the field of cinematography. The first nomination came in 1983 for the film The Right Stuff. His second was in 1984 for The Natural. A third came in 1996 for...

34. Rodrigo Prieto

Cinematographer | Brokeback Mountain

Rodrigo Prieto is a Mexican cinematographer. He is best known for Brokeback Mountain (2005), Babel (2006), Argo (2012), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), and Silence (2016).

He also worked with Alejandro González Iñárritu on the acclaimed Amores perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), and Biutiful (2010).

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35. Stuart Dryburgh

Cinematographer | The Piano

Member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) since 2009.

36. John A. Alonzo

Cinematographer | Chinatown

John A. Alonzo was born on June 12, 1934 in Dallas, Texas, USA. He was a cinematographer and actor, known for Chinatown (1974), The Magnificent Seven (1960) and Star Trek: Generations (1994). He was married to Jan Murray and Suzanne L. Heltzel. He died on March 13, 2001 in Beverly Hills, California...

37. 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 ...

38. Mihai Malaimare Jr.

Cinematographer | The Master

Mihai Malaimare Jr. was born in 1975 in Bucharest, Romania. He is known for his work on The Master (2012), A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014) and Youth Without Youth (2007).

39. Hoyte Van Hoytema

Cinematographer | Interstellar

Hoyte Van Hoytema was born in Horgen, Switzerland. Van Hoytema is a Dutch-Swedish director of photography known for his work on The Fighter (2010), Her (2013), Interstellar (2014), and Dunkirk (2017). Van Hoytema always wanted to be a filmmaker, therefore he wished to attend a film school in The ...

40. Linus Sandgren

Cinematographer | La La Land

Linus Sandgren is an Academy Award winning Swedish cinematographer. He is best known for his work with Damien Chazelle on La La Land (2016) and his collaboration with David O Russell on the films American Hustle (2013) and Joy (2015).

He also worked with Gus Van Sant on Promised Land where he shot ...