My Favourite Cinematographers

by chopper-9 | created - 24 Jan 2016 | updated - 24 Jan 2016 | Public

My personal favourite Cinematographers of all time.

1. Vittorio Storaro

Cinematographer | Apocalypse Now

Vittorio Storaro, the award-winning cinematographer who won Oscars for "Apocalypse Now (1979)", "Reds (1981)" and "The Last Emperor (1987)". 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 ...

2. Gordon Willis

Cinematographer | Zelig

Gordon Willis was an American cinematographer. He's best known for his work on Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather films, as well asWoody Allen's Annie Hall (1977) and Manhattan (1979).

His work on the first two Godfather films turned out to be groundbreaking in its use of low-light photography and ...

3. 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...

4. Alex Thomson

Cinematographer | Hamlet

Alex Thomson entered the film industry in 1946. He worked as regular camera operator to Nicolas Roeg in the 1960s before becoming a director of photography in 1968. His career suffered a hiatus in the mid 1970s when he was injured after falling off a camera rostrum on the set of Jesus Christ ...

5. 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 ...

6. 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 ...

7. Geoffrey Unsworth

Cinematographer | Cabaret

Goeffrey Unsworth was one of the great cinematographers of the 20th Century, the winner of two Oscars, five BAFTA awards, and three awards from the British Society of Cinematographers for his work as a director of photography. Born in 1914 in Lancashire, England, Unsworth started in the industry in...

8. Caleb Deschanel

Cinematographer | The Passion of the Christ

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

9. Karl Struss

Cinematographer | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Oscar-winning cinematographer Karl Struss was born on November 30, 1886, in New York City. He became a professional photographer after studying photography with Clarence H. White and became part of the group associated with the great photographer Alfred Stieglitz. His photographs, which he ...

10. Tonino Delli Colli

Cinematographer | Der Name der Rose

Tonino Delli Colli was born on November 20, 1922 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Antonio Delli Colli. He is known for his work on The Name of the Rose (1986), Life Is Beautiful (1997) and Once Upon a Time in America (1984). He was married to Alexandra Delli Colli. He died on August 16, 2005 in Rome.

11. Changwei Gu

Cinematographer | Mo shu wai zhuan

Changwei Gu was born on December 12, 1957 in Xi'an, Shaanxi, China. He is a cinematographer and director, known for Love for Life (2011), Peacock (2005) and And the Spring Comes (2007). He has been married to Wenli Jiang since 1993. They have one child.

12. Freddie Young

Cinematographer | Lawrence of Arabia

Freddie Young was a British cinematographer. He is best known for his work on David Lean's films Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Ryan's Daughter (1970), all three of which won him Academy Awards for Best Cinematography.

Young was an cinematographer on 130 films, including ...

13. Jack Cardiff

Director | Sons and Lovers

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 ...

14. Darius Khondji

Cinematographer | Se7en

Darius Khondji was born on October 21, 1955 in Tehran, Iran. He is known for his work on Se7en (1995), The Immigrant (2013) and The Lost City of Z (2016). He is married to Marianne Khondji. They have three children.

15. 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 (...

16. Sacha Vierny

Cinematographer | The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover

Sacha Vierny was born on August 10, 1919 in Bois-le-Roi, Seine-et-Marne, France. He was a cinematographer and assistant director, known for The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), The Pillow Book (1996) and Belle de Jour (1967). He died on May 15, 2001 in Paris, France.

17. Jordan Cronenweth

Cinematographer | Blade Runner

Jordan Cronenweth was born on February 20, 1935 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Jordan Scott Cronenweth. He is known for his work on Blade Runner (1982), Peggy Sue Got Married (1986) and Altered States (1980). He died on November 29, 1996 in Los Angeles.

18. Jeff Cronenweth

Cinematographer | Gone Girl

Jeff Cronenweth was born on January 14, 1962 in Los Angeles County, California, USA as Jeffrey Scott Cronenweth. He is known for his work on Gone Girl (2014), The Social Network (2010) and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2011).

19. Robert Richardson

Cinematographer | Kill Bill: Vol. 1

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...

20. Robby Müller

Cinematographer | Breaking the Waves

Robby Müller was born on April 4, 1940 in Willemstad, Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles as Robert Müller. He is known for his work on Breaking the Waves (1996), Paris, Texas (1984) and Dead Man (1995). He died on July 3, 2018 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands.

21. Gerry Fisher

Cinematographer | Highlander

Gerry Fisher was born on June 23, 1926 in London, England as Gerald Fisher. He is known for his work on Highlander (1986), Victory (1981) and Mr. Klein (1976). He was married to Jean Hawkins. He died on December 2, 2014 in Reading, Berkshire, England.

22. Oswald Morris

Cinematographer | Fiddler on the Roof

Oscar-winning cinematography Oswald Morris was one of the most outstanding directors of photography of the 20th Century, making his reputation by expanding the parameters of color cinematography. Born in November 1915 in Hillingdon, Middlesex, England, a month short of his 17th birthday, he became ...

23. Derek Vanlint

Cinematographer | Alien

Derek Vanlint was born on November 7, 1932 in London, England as Derek James Vanlint. He was a cinematographer and director, known for Alien (1979), The Spreading Ground (2000) and X-Men (2000). He died on February 23, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

24. 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.

25. Roger Pratt

Cinematographer | Twelve Monkeys

Roger Pratt was born on February 27, 1947 in Leicester, Leicestershire, England as Roger James Edward Pratt. He is known for his work on Twelve Monkeys (1995), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994) and Chocolat (2000).

26. Vernon Layton

Cinematographer | Seed of Chucky

Member of the British Society of Cinematographers (BSC), the IATSE Local 600, the GBCT and the Association of Photographers (AoP).

Starting in fashion photography, Vernon worked through an illustrious period shooting light entertainment, studio dramas and pop programmes at LWT during the now ...



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