Favorite Cinematographers

by ParkerBrennon | created - 22 Nov 2016 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

A work in progress -- I have many more names to add.

1. 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 ...


Halloween (1978) The Thing (1982) Death Becomes Her (1992) Casper (1995) The Parent Trap (1998) The Holiday (2006)

2. 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 ...


A Little Princess (1995) A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004) The Tree of Life (2011) Gravity (2013) Knight of Cups (2015)

3. 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...


Kill Bill: Vol. 1 & 2 (2003-2004) Inglourious Bastards (2009) Django Unchained (2012) The Hateful Eight (2015)

4. Matthew Libatique

Cinematographer | Black Swan

Matthew Libatique is an American cinematographer. He is best known for his work with director Darren Aronofsky on the films Pi (1998), Requiem for a Dream (2000), The Fountain (2006), Black Swan (2010), Noah (2014) and Mother! (2017). He also shot Bradley Cooper's directorial debut film, A Star Is ...

Pi (1998) Requiem for a Dream (2000) Josie and the Pussycats (2001) Gothika (2003) The Fountain (2006) Black Swan (2010) Mother! (2017)

5. 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 (...


The Secret Garden (1993) The Village (2004) Hail Caesar! (2016)

6. Ernest Haller

Cinematographer | Gone with the Wind

Distinguished American cinematographer Ernest Haller started in the industry in 1914 as an actor with Biograph after leaving his first job as a bank clerk. Within one year he discovered his true calling: being on the other side of the camera. By 1920, he had become a full director of photography ...


Jezebel (1938) Gone with the Wind (1939) Mildred Pierce (1945) Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

7. 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).


Dead Silence (2007) Insidious (2010) The Conjuring (2013)

Oculus (2013) Jessabelle (2014) The Lazarus Effect (2015) Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016)

9. Julie Kirkwood

Cinematographer | Journey from the Fall

After earning a degree in still photography from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit, Julie moved to New York, then San Francisco, and finally settled in Los Angeles where she began her career in cinematography. Her first film, Come Nightfall, was selected to screen at Sundance in 2002. ...

The Blackcoat's Daughter (2015) I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives In the House (2016) The Monster (2016)

10. James Kniest

Cinematographer | Annabelle

Annabelle (2014) Hush (2016) Within (2016) The Bye Bye Man (2017)

11. Bruno Delbonnel

Cinematographer | Un long dimanche de fiançailles

Bruno Delbonnel was born in 1957 in Nancy, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France. He is known for his work on A Very Long Engagement (2004), Inside Llewyn Davis (2013) and Amélie (2001).


Amélie (2001) Across the Universe (2007) Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (2009)

12. Harry Stradling Sr.

Cinematographer | My Fair Lady

Multi-Academy Award-nominated cinematographer (13 in all), Harry Stradling was unique in that he established his reputation both in America and in Europe. He was the nephew of Mary Pickford's cameraman Walter Stradling, who provided the connections for his first job in Hollywood. Walter died in ...


Auntie Mame (1958) My Fair Lady (1964) Funny Girl (1968)

13. Franz Planer

Cinematographer | Roman Holiday

Descended from a wealthy family of landowners in what was then Austria-Hungary, Franz Planer understood the importance of photography as an art form early in his life. He first stood behind the camera as a portrait photographer, working out of Vienna from 1910. He soon branched out, filming ...


Letter from an Unknown Woman (1948) Roman Holiday (1953) Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)

14. Darius Khondji

Cinematographer | Amour

Darius Khondji was born on October 21, 1955 in Tehran, Iran. He is known for his work on Amour (2012), Se7en (1995) and Delicatessen (1991). He is married to Marianne Khondji. They have three children.

Delicatessen (1991) Seven (1995) Panic Room (2002) Funny Games (2007) Okja (2017)

15. Richard Moore

Cinematographer | Annie

After graduating from U.S.C. in Cinema, Moore spent several years shooting documentaries and travelogues, in addition to being Western U.S. rep (with Conrad Hall) of Arriflex cameras. He then joined Robert Gottschalk as co-founder and Exec. V.P. of Panavision Inc., in charge of design and ...


Wild In the Streets (1968) Myra Breckinridge (1970) Annie (1982)

16. Natasha Braier

Cinematographer | The Neon Demon

Natasha Braier is known for her work on The Neon Demon (2016), The Rover (2014) and XXY (2007).

The Neon Demon (2016) The Rover (2014)

17. 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 ...


Citizen Kane (1941) Ball of Fire (1941) Song of the South (1946)

18. John F. Seitz

Cinematographer | Double Indemnity

Distinguished veteran cinematographer John F. Seitz had eighteen patents for various photographic processes to his name. These included illuminating devices, processes for making dissolves and the matte shot, which he perfected during filming of Rex Ingram's Trifling Women (1922). Seitz started ...


Sullivan's Travels (1941) Double Indemnity (1944) Sunset Boulevard (1950)

19. Mike Gioulakis

Cinematographer | It Follows

Mike Gioulakis is known for his work on It Follows (2014), Us (2019) and Lake Los Angeles (2014).

It Follows (2014) Split (2016)

20. Andrew Boylan

Cinematographer | Haunt Me

Haunt Me (2017) Below the Trees (2018)

Holidays (2016) Buster's Mal Heart (2016)

22. Denys N. Coop

Visual_effects | Superman

Denys N. Coop was born on July 20, 1920 in Reading, Berkshire, England as Denys Neil Coop. He is known for his work on Superman (1978), The Third Man (1949) and The Guns of Navarone (1961). He died on August 16, 1981 in Hertfordshire, England.

Bunny Lake Is Missing (1965)

23. Khoi Ly

Cinematographer | Hyperloop Dreams

Elise's Nightmare (2017)

24. Robert Burks

Cinematographer | Vertigo

The favorite cinematographer of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock began working at Warner Bros. when he was 19 years old. He climbed his way up from camera operator to assistant camera man and eventually took over the Special Photographic Effects unit at Warners on Stage 5 in 1944. He became an ...


Rear Window (1954) Vertigo (1958) The Birds (1963)

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