Favorite Cinematographers

by max-schwarz23 | created - 13 Nov 2016 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

A list of my favorite DPs of all time

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 (...

  • Blade Runner 2049
  • No Country for Old Men
  • Fargo
  • Prisoners
  • The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
  • Sicario
  • Skyfall
  • The Big Lebowski
  • The Shawshank Redemption
  • O, Brother Where Art Thou?
  • Barton Fink
  • Doubt

2. 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 ...

  • Apocalypse Now
  • The Conformist
  • Last Tango in Paris
  • Cafe Society

3. 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 ...

  • The Revenant
  • Knight of Cups
  • Tree of Life
  • Y Tu Mama Tambien
  • Song to Song
  • Birdman
  • Children of Men
  • Gravity

4. Georgi Rerberg

Cinematographer | Stalker

Graduate of the Moscow State Film Institute. Associated with the early films of Andrei Konchalovsky.

  • Stalker
  • The Mirror

5. Janusz Kaminski

Cinematographer | Schindler's List

Janusz Kaminski is a Polish cinematographer and film director. He has established a partnership with Steven Spielberg, working as a cinematographer on his movies since 1993. He won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998).

His ...

  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Schindler's List
  • Catch Me If You Can

6. Alwin H. Küchler

Cinematographer | Sunshine

Alwin H. Küchler was born in 1965 in Düsseldorf, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He is known for his work on Sunshine (2007), Divergent (2014) and R.I.P.D. (2013). He has been married to Ngozi Onwurah since November 28, 1998.

  • Ratcatcher
  • Gasman
  • Small Deaths
  • Morvern Collar
  • Kill the Day
  • Steve Jobs

7. Robert Elswit

Cinematographer | There Will Be Blood

Robert Elswit is an American cinematographer. He is best known for Boogie Nights (1997), Magnolia (1999), Good Night, and Good Luck (2005), There Will Be Blood (2007), Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011), Inherent Vice (2014), and Nightcrawler (2014).

Elswit frequently works with director ...

  • There Will be Blood
  • Punch Drunk Love
  • Boogie Nights
  • Magnolia
  • Nightcrawler
  • Inherent Vice
  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation
  • Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats
  • Hard Eight

8. 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.

  • Dead Man
  • The American Friend
  • Paris, Texas
  • Down by Law
  • Coffee and Cigarettes

9. Sven Nykvist

Cinematographer | The Unbearable Lightness of Being

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...

  • Cries and Whispers
  • Persona
  • Sacrifice
  • What's Eating Gilbert Grape

10. Sean Bobbitt

Cinematographer | 12 Years a Slave

Sean Bobbitt was born on November 29, 1958 in Corpus Christi, Texas, USA as Sean Francis Bobbitt. He is known for his work on 12 Years a Slave (2013), Hunger (2008) and Shame (2011).

  • Hunger
  • 12 Years A Slave
  • Shame
  • The Place Beyond the Pines
  • Widows

11. Vadim Yusov

Cinematographer | Solyaris

Vadim Yusov was born on April 20, 1929 in Klavdino, Leningrad Oblast, Russian SFSR, USSR as Vadim Ivanovich Yusov. He is known for his work on Solaris (1971), Chyornyy monakh (1988) and Pasport (1990). He was married to Inna Zelentsova. He died on August 23, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.

  • Solaris
  • Ivan's Childhood
  • Andrei Rublev

12. John Alcott

Cinematographer | Barry Lyndon

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...

  • The Shining
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Barry Lyndon

13. Robbie Ryan

Cinematographer | American Honey

Graduated from Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design & Technology.

  • Wasp (short)
  • The Favourite
  • American Honey
  • Slow West
  • I, Daniel Blake

14. Ron Fricke

Cinematographer | Samsara

Ron Fricke is known for his work on Samsara (2011), Baraka (1992) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005).

  • Samsara
  • Baraka

15. 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).

  • Badlands
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Philadelphia
  • The Sixth Sense

16. 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...

  • Kill Bill Vol. I
  • The Hateful Eight
  • Django Unchained
  • Shutter Island
  • Inglorious Basterds
  • Casino
  • Natural Born Killers
  • Platoon
  • Hugo

17. 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). He was previously married to Magela Crosignani.

  • Requiem for a Dream
  • mother!
  • Black Swan
  • Iron Man

18. André Turpin

Cinematographer | Mommy

André Turpin was born in 1966 in Quebec, Canada. He is a cinematographer and director, known for Mommy (2014), Incendies (2010) and Soft Shell Man (2001).

  • Tom at the Farm
  • Mommy
  • It's Only the End of the World
  • Adele: Hello

19. 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).


  • Silence
  • Babel
  • Jay-Z: MaNyfaCedGod
  • The Wolf of Wall Street
  • Biutiful
  • Amores Perros
  • Argo
  • 21 Grams

20. Michael Slovis

Cinematographer | Breaking Bad

Michael Slovis was born in New York City, New York, USA. He is a cinematographer and director, known for Breaking Bad (2008), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist (2008).

  • Breaking Bad

21. Bill Butler

Camera_department | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Bill Butler was born on April 7, 1921 in Cripple Creek, Colorado, USA as Wilmer C. Butler. He is known for his work on One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Grease (1978) and Jaws (1975). He has been married to Iris Butler since May 28, 1984. They have two children. He was previously married to ...

  • The Conversation
  • Jaws

22. Linus Sandgren

Cinematographer | First Man

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 ...

  • First Man
  • La La Land
  • American Hustle

  • The Lobster
  • Dogtooth
  • The Killing of a Sacred Deer

24. 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 (...

  • Inception
  • The Dark Knight
  • Memento

25. 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 ...

  • Let The Right One In
  • Interstellar
  • Her
  • The Fighter

26. Chung-hoon Chung

Cinematographer | Ah-ga-ssi

  • Oldboy
  • The Handmaiden
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  • It

27. Sturla Brandth Grøvlen

Cinematographer | Victoria

Sturla Brandth Grøvlen was born on March 11, 1980 in Trondheim, Norway. He is known for his work on Victoria (2015), Hrútar (2015) and Hjartasteinn (2016).

  • Victoria
  • Rams

28. Robert D. Yeoman

Cinematographer | The Grand Budapest Hotel

Robert D. Yeoman was born on March 10, 1951 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Robert David Yeoman. He is known for his work on The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014), Moonrise Kingdom (2012) and Drugstore Cowboy (1989).

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Royal Tenebaums
  • Moonrise Kingdom

29. Conrad L. Hall

Cinematographer | Road to Perdition

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 ...

  • Road to Perdition
  • American Beauty
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Cool Hand Luke

30. Yorick Le Saux

Cinematographer | Only Lovers Left Alive

Graduated from La Fémis (6th promotion, cinematography department)

  • A Bigger Splash
  • Only Lovers Left Alive

31. 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).

  • Fight Club
  • Gone Girl
  • The Social Network

32. Owen Roizman

Cinematographer | The French Connection

Ace cinematographer Owen Roizman was born September 22, 1936, in Brooklyn, New York. His father Sol was a cinematographer for Fox Movietone News and his uncle Morrie Roizman was a film editor. Owen studied math and physics at Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania. He began his career shooting TV ...

  • The Exorcist
  • Network
  • The French Connection

33. Ellen Kuras

Cinematographer | Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Ellen Kuras was born on July 10, 1959 in New Jersey, USA. She is known for her work on Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), The Betrayal - Nerakhoon (2008) and P.O.V. (1988).

  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • Coffee and Cigarettes

34. Bradford Young

Cinematographer | Arrival

Bradford Young is an American cinematographer. His feature films as director of photography include White Lies, Black Sheep (2007), Pariah (2011), Restless City (2011), Middle of Nowhere (2012), Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013), Mother of George (2013), and Arrival (2016).

In January 2017, Young ...

  • Arrival
  • A Most Violent Year
  • Pariah
  • Selma

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