Best Cinematographer

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Best Cinematographers of All Time
A cinematographer or director of photography (sometimes shortened to DP or DOP) is the chief over the camera and light crews working on a film, television production or other live action piece and is responsible for making artistic and technical decisions related to the image. The study and practice of this field are referred to as cinematography. Find out more about them here.

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1. Emmanuel Lubezki

Cinematographer | Gravity

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 ...

3 Oscar Wins and 8 Oscar Nominations.

Best Known Films: The Revenant, Birdman, Gravity, and Children of Men.

2. 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...

3 Oscar Wins and 9 Oscar Nominations.

Best Known Films: Hugo, Django Unchained, The Aviator, Inglourious Basterds, and The Hateful Eight.

3. 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 (...

1 Oscar Wins and 13 Oscar Nominations.

Best Known Films: Blade Runner 2049, Sicario, and No Country for Old Men.

4. Hoyte Van Hoytema

Cinematographer | Dunkirk

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 ...

Nominated for 1 Oscar.

Best Known Films: Dunkirk, Interstellar, Spectre, and Her.

5. Larry Fong

Cinematographer | Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Larry Fong is known for his work on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), Kong: Skull Island (2017) and Watchmen (2009).

6. 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 (...

1 Oscar Wins and 4 Oscar Nominations.

Best Known Films: Inception, The Prestige, Memento, and The Dark Knight Trilogy.

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 ...

1 Oscar Wins and 2 Oscar Nominations.

Best Known Films: There Will Be Blood and Nightcrawler (2014)[/link].

8. 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...

Won 1 Oscar.

Best known Films: The Shining, A Clockwork Orange, and Barry Lyndon.

9. Andrew Lesnie

Cinematographer | King Kong

Andrew Lesnie was born on January 1, 1956 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is known for his work on King Kong (2005), The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003). He died on April 27, 2015 in Sydney.

Won 1 Oscar.

Best Known Films: The Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit Trilogy.

10. Janusz Kaminski

Cinematographer | War Horse

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 ...

2 Oscar Wins and 6 Oscar Nominations.

Best Known Films: Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, and Ready Player One.

11. 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 ...

Nominated for 3 Oscars.

Best Known Films: Goodfellas, The Departed, Gangs of New York, and The Last Temptation of Christ.

12. 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...

2 Oscar Wins and 4 Oscar Nominations.

Best Known Films: 2001: A Space Odyssey, Classic Superman Films, and Cabaret.

13. Leon Shamroy

Cinematographer | Cleopatra

Leon Shamroy, born Leon Shamroyevsky, was an American film cinematographer. He is best known for The Black Swan (1942),Wilson (1944), Leave Her to Heaven (1945), David and Bathsheba (1951), The Robe (1953), Cleopatra (1963), The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) and Planet of the Apes (1968).

He and ...

4 Oscar Wins and 18 Oscar Nominations.

Best Known Films: Cleopatra, The Black Swan, Leave Her to Heaven, and Wilson.

14. Joseph Ruttenberg

Cinematographer | Gigi

Four-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Joseph Ruttenberg was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1893, at the age of four, his family moved to the United States, eventually settling in Boston. After schooling, he got his first job in 1907 working as a newsboy and personal runner for William ...

4 Oscar Wins and 10 Oscar Nominations.

Best Known Films: Mrs. Miniver, The Great Waltz, Somebody Up There Likes Me, and Gigi.

15. Robert Surtees

Cinematographer | Ben-Hur

Robert L. Surtees began his working life as a portrait photographer and retoucher, before becoming camera assistant at Universal in 1927. He spent a lengthy apprenticeship (15 years) working under such experienced cinematographers as Hal Mohr, Joseph Ruttenberg and Gregg Toland. Between 1929 and ...

3 Oscar Wins and 14 Oscar Nominations.

Best Known Films: Ben-Hur, The Graduate, and The Last Picture Show.

16. 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 ...

3 Oscar Wins and 10 Oscar Nominations.

Best Known Films: American Beauty, Road to Perdition, and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

17. 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.

Won 1 Oscar.

Best Known Films: Avatar and Training Day.

18. 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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Nominated for 2 Oscars.

Best Known Films: The Wolf of Wall Street, The Irishman, babel, and Silence.

19. 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 ...

3 Oscar Wins and 4 Oscar Nominations.

Best Known Films: Apocalypse Now, Dick Tracey, and The Last Emperor.

20. Dan Laustsen

Cinematographer | The Shape of Water

Dan Laustsen is a Danish cinematographer. He is best known for Crimson Peak (2015), John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) and The Shape of Water (2017) for which he received an Academy Award nomination.

He studied at the National Film School of Denmark from 1976 to 1979, to pursue a career of cinematography. ...

Nominated for 1 Oscar.

Best Known Films: The Shape of Water, John Wick: Chapter 2, and John Wick: Chapter 3 - Parabellum.

21. 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 ...

Nominated for 2 Oscars.

Best Known Films: Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, A Star is Born, Iron Man, and Venom.

22. 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 ...

Nominated for 1 Oscar.

Best Known Films: Jurassic Park, Halloween, The Thing, and Back to the Future.

23. 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 ...

3 Oscar Wins and 5 Oscar Nominations.

Best Known Films: Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, and Ryan's Daughter.

24. John Toll

Cinematographer | The Thin Red Line

John Toll is an American cinematographer. His filmography spans a wide variety of genres, including epic period drama, comedy, science fiction, and contemporary drama. He won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography in both 1994 and 1995 for Legends of the Fall and Braveheart respectively.

He has ...

2 Oscar Wins and 3 Oscar Nominations.

Best Known Films: Braveheart, The Thin Red Line, and Legends of the Fall.

25. Allen Daviau

Cinematographer | Empire of the Sun

Allen Daviau was born on June 14, 1942 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as John Allen Daviau. He is a cinematographer, known for Empire of the Sun (1987), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982) and The Color Purple (1985).

Nominated for 5 Oscars.

Best Known Films: E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Empire of the Sun, and The Color Purple.

26. 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 ...

1 Oscar Wins and 6 Oscar Nominations.

Best Known Films: Citizen Kane, Wuthering Heights, and Dead End.

27. 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 ...

Nominated for 2 Oscars.

Best Known for The Godfather Trilogy.

28. Rachel Morrison

Cinematographer | Black Panther

Rachel Morrison is an American cinematographer. She is best known for the films Fruitvale Station (2013), Cake (2014), Dope (2015), Mudbound (2017) and Black Panther (2018).

She began her career working on series and TV movies for a number of networks.

The independent film Palo Alto (2007) marked ...

Nominated for 1 Oscar.

Best Known Films: Black Panther and Mudbound.

29. 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.

Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award.

Best Known Films: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West, and Once Upon a Time in America.



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