List of famous cinematographers with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

The cinematographers are the professionals in charge of the technical and artistic aspects involved in the shooting and development of the film, i.e. movie photography. The cinematographer, often referred to as the director of photography, acts as the film director’s main visual collaborator. During the early days of motion pictures, it was often the director who doubled up as the cinematographer. But with advancements in photography techniques and artificial lightning, the art of cinematography demanded the services of a separate dedicated specialist. The cinematographer’s job is a highly responsible one. In the preproduction stage, the director and the cinematographer discuss the overall vision for film, before embarking on a scene by scene discussion. He then determines the requirements for each scene, arranges for the required equipment and coordinates with other crew members to begin the production stage. At this stage he works closely with the director and guides his crew to ensure that each scene is shot to match the director’s vision. He has to decide the combination of cameras, the camera setups, and lighting arrangements. They also need to ensure that everything is kept within the photography budget. Browse the biographies listed below to explore the life and works of various world famous cinematographers and learn about their lives through their timelines and information about their personal and professional lives.

Gwen Verdon Gwen Verdon
American

Steve-O Steve-O
Canadian, British, American

Alton Brown Alton Brown
American

Russ Meyer Russ Meyer
American

Mark Angel Mark Angel
Nigerien

Matt Ross Matt Ross
American

Abraham Williams Abraham Williams
New Zealander, American

Robert Downey Sr.Robert Downey Sr.
American
Sam Taylor-JohnsonSam Taylor-Johnson
British

Damon HerrimanDamon Herriman
Australian
Cary Joji FukunagaCary Joji Fukunaga
American

Jim HanksJim Hanks
American

Robert FrankRobert Frank
Swiss, American
Louis GarrelLouis Garrel
French

Todd FisherTodd Fisher
American
Caleb DeschanelCaleb Deschanel
American

John JayJohn Jay
American

Adam WingardAdam Wingard
American
Georges MélièsGeorges Méliès
French

Angela LeeAngela Lee
American
Tony CurranTony Curran
British, Scottish

Rainer Werner FassbinderRainer Werner Fassbinder
German

Emmanuel LubezkiEmmanuel Lubezki
Mexican

Louis MalleLouis Malle
French
Mr. PeteMr. Pete
American
John HansonJohn Hanson
American

Hoyte van HoytemaHoyte van Hoytema
Swedish

Bill TilghmanBill Tilghman
American

John AsherJohn Asher
American
Lynne RamsayLynne Ramsay
British

Nicolas RoegNicolas Roeg
British

Patrick McDermottPatrick McDermott
American

Louis Le PrinceLouis Le Prince
French

Jan de BontJan de Bont
-
Eleanor CoppolaEleanor Coppola
American

Peter GreenawayPeter Greenaway
British
Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
American

Kan MukaiKan Mukai
Chinese, Japanese

Jeremy SaulnierJeremy Saulnier
American
John SchwartzmanJohn Schwartzman
American

Tom TykwerTom Tykwer
German
Mike FiggisMike Figgis
British

Alain ResnaisAlain Resnais
French

Chris MarkerChris Marker
French

Mario BavaMario Bava
Italian

Wally PfisterWally Pfister
American
Jesús FrancoJesús Franco
Spanish

Nuri Bilge CeylanNuri Bilge Ceylan
Turkish

Darius KhondjiDarius Khondji
French

Herschell Gordon LewisHerschell Gordon Lewis
American
Rupert WyattRupert Wyatt
British

Jacques RivetteJacques Rivette
French
Bille AugustBille August
Danish

Philippe GarrelPhilippe Garrel
French

Matthew LibatiqueMatthew Libatique
American
Robert ElswitRobert Elswit
American

Haskell WexlerHaskell Wexler
American
Vilmos ZsigmondVilmos Zsigmond
Hungarian

Les BlankLes Blank
American

Gordon WillisGordon Willis
American
Andrew LauAndrew Lau
-

Pierre MorelPierre Morel
French
Peter BerlinPeter Berlin
German

Guillermo NavarroGuillermo Navarro
Mexican

Gregg TolandGregg Toland
American

Harold RossonHarold Rosson
American
Shane HurlbutShane Hurlbut
American
Paul StrandPaul Strand
American

Dean CundeyDean Cundey
American

Jaco Van DormaelJaco Van Dormael
Belgian

Rodrigo PrietoRodrigo Prieto
Mexican, American
Larry FongLarry Fong
American

Naomi KawaseNaomi Kawase
Japanese

David BrowerDavid Brower
American

Maziar BahariMaziar Bahari
Canadian

William Kennedy DicksonWilliam Kennedy Dickson
British
John TollJohn Toll
American

Karl FreundKarl Freund
American
Carl BoenishCarl Boenish
American

Helen LevittHelen Levitt
American
Douglas SlocombeDouglas Slocombe
British
Matthew VanDykeMatthew VanDyke
American