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.

Jay BaruchelJay Baruchel
(Canadian)
Nicolas RoegNicolas Roeg
(British)

Jean-Luc GodardJean-Luc Godard
(Swiss,French)
Damon HerrimanDamon Herriman
(Australian)
Georges MélièsGeorges Méliès
(French)

Louis MalleLouis Malle
(French)
Caleb DeschanelCaleb Deschanel
(American)
Louis GarrelLouis Garrel
(French)

Lynne RamsayLynne Ramsay
(British)
Rainer Werner FassbinderRainer Werner Fassbinder
(German)
Emmanuel LubezkiEmmanuel Lubezki
(Mexican)

Martin KenzieMartin Kenzie
(British)
Matthew LibatiqueMatthew Libatique
(American)
Peter GreenawayPeter Greenaway
(British)

Patrick McDermottPatrick McDermott
(American)
Jan de BontJan de Bont
Louis Le PrinceLouis Le Prince
(French)

Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
(American)
Eleanor CoppolaEleanor Coppola
(American)
Tom TykwerTom Tykwer
(German)

Robert FrankRobert Frank
(Swiss,American)
Nuri Bilge CeylanNuri Bilge Ceylan
(Turkish)
John SchwartzmanJohn Schwartzman
(American)

Jesús FrancoJesús Franco
(Spanish)
Mario BavaMario Bava
(Italian)
Chris MarkerChris Marker
(French)

Alain ResnaisAlain Resnais
(French)
Mike FiggisMike Figgis
(British)
Rupert WyattRupert Wyatt
(British)

Wally PfisterWally Pfister
(American)
Pierre MorelPierre Morel
(French)
Hoyte van HoytemaHoyte van Hoytema
(Swedish)

Philippe GarrelPhilippe Garrel
(French)
Vilmos ZsigmondVilmos Zsigmond
(Hungarian)
Herschell Gordon LewisHerschell Gordon Lewis
(American)

Paul StrandPaul Strand
(American)
Dean CundeyDean Cundey
(American)
Bille AugustBille August
(Danish)

Jacques RivetteJacques Rivette
(French)
Andrew LauAndrew Lau
Gregg TolandGregg Toland
(American)

Bill TilghmanBill Tilghman
(American)
Robert ElswitRobert Elswit
(American)
Haskell WexlerHaskell Wexler
(American)

Gordon WillisGordon Willis
(American)
Darius KhondjiDarius Khondji
(French)
Shane HurlbutShane Hurlbut
(American)

Jaco Van DormaelJaco Van Dormael
(Belgian)
Naomi KawaseNaomi Kawase
(Japanese)
Helen LevittHelen Levitt
(American)

Maziar BahariMaziar Bahari
(Canadian)
Guillermo NavarroGuillermo Navarro
(Mexican)
Rodrigo PrietoRodrigo Prieto
(Mexican,American)

Peter BerlinPeter Berlin
(German)
Harold RossonHarold Rosson
(American)
David BrowerDavid Brower
(American)

Carl BoenishCarl Boenish
(American)
Matthew VanDykeMatthew VanDyke
(American)
William Kennedy DicksonWilliam Kennedy Dickson
(British)

Karl FreundKarl Freund
(American)
Larry FongLarry Fong
(American)
Les BlankLes Blank
(American)

John TollJohn Toll
(American)
Douglas SlocombeDouglas Slocombe
(British)
Edward LachmanEdward Lachman
(American)

Leon ShamroyLeon Shamroy
(American)
Wolfgang SuschitzkyWolfgang Suschitzky
(British)
Conrad L. HallConrad L. Hall
(American)

TejaTeja
(Indian)
Ernest R. DickersonErnest R. Dickerson
(American)
Daniel MindelDaniel Mindel
(South African)

Robert RichardsonRobert Richardson
(American)
Fred KoenekampFred Koenekamp
(American)