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.
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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), Spider-Man 2 (2004) and The Jungle Book (2016). He is married to Sharon Oreck. They have one child.
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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).
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 ...
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 ...