Influencers: Already Legendary, Roger Deakins Breaks New Ground

Influencers: Already Legendary, Roger Deakins Breaks New Ground
Roger Deakins doesn’t believe his cinematography has a style. While that may be true, his images are instantly recognizable. With the compositional sense of a still photographer and the natural feel of a documentarian — the two early paths that led Deakins to cinematography — there is an incredible precision to his frames. There’s also a graphic nature to a Deakins-shot film, the way we peer sharply and unencumbered into even his darkest frames, where depth is often created through strong contrast. There’s an elegance to the way light falls off his subjects or the how color is pulled forward, but often within a tasteful desaturated palette.

Like his camera movements, there’s something naturalistic about Deakin’s cinematography, but too perfectly controlled to ever register as being found or improvised — in the switch to digital, his approach only became more refined. Yet what’s fascinating is how his
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