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)
Damon HerrimanDamon Herriman
(Australian)

Jean-Luc GodardJean-Luc Godard
(Swiss,French)
Tao RuspoliTao Ruspoli
(American)
Louis MalleLouis Malle
(French)

Georges MélièsGeorges Méliès
(French)
Lynne RamsayLynne Ramsay
(British)
Rainer Werner FassbinderRainer Werner Fassbinder
(German)

Caleb DeschanelCaleb Deschanel
(American)
Louis GarrelLouis Garrel
(French)
Patrick McDermottPatrick McDermott
(American)

Emmanuel LubezkiEmmanuel Lubezki
(Mexican)
Martin KenzieMartin Kenzie
(British)
Nicolas RoegNicolas Roeg
(British)

Louis Le PrinceLouis Le Prince
(French)
Jan de BontJan de Bont
Peter GreenawayPeter Greenaway
(British)

Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
(American)
Matthew LibatiqueMatthew Libatique
(American)
Eleanor CoppolaEleanor Coppola
(American)

Tom TykwerTom Tykwer
(German)
Robert FrankRobert Frank
(Swiss,American)
John SchwartzmanJohn Schwartzman
(American)

Pierre MorelPierre Morel
(French)
Mike FiggisMike Figgis
(British)
Mario BavaMario Bava
(Italian)

Chris MarkerChris Marker
(French)
Jesús FrancoJesús Franco
(Spanish)
Alain ResnaisAlain Resnais
(French)

Nuri Bilge CeylanNuri Bilge Ceylan
(Turkish)
Rupert WyattRupert Wyatt
(British)
Wally PfisterWally Pfister
(American)

Maziar BahariMaziar Bahari
(Canadian)
Hoyte van HoytemaHoyte van Hoytema
(Swedish)
Vilmos ZsigmondVilmos Zsigmond
(Hungarian)

Philippe GarrelPhilippe Garrel
(French)
Herschell Gordon LewisHerschell Gordon Lewis
(American)
Andrew LauAndrew Lau

Bille AugustBille August
(Danish)
Dean CundeyDean Cundey
(American)
Bill TilghmanBill Tilghman
(American)

Paul StrandPaul Strand
(American)
Jacques RivetteJacques Rivette
(French)
Robert ElswitRobert Elswit
(American)

Haskell WexlerHaskell Wexler
(American)
Gregg TolandGregg Toland
(American)
Jaco Van DormaelJaco Van Dormael
(Belgian)

Larry FongLarry Fong
(American)
Gordon WillisGordon Willis
(American)
Shane HurlbutShane Hurlbut
(American)

Darius KhondjiDarius Khondji
(French)
David BrowerDavid Brower
(American)
Naomi KawaseNaomi Kawase
(Japanese)

Peter BerlinPeter Berlin
(German)
Rodrigo PrietoRodrigo Prieto
(Mexican,American)
Harold RossonHarold Rosson
(American)

William Kennedy DicksonWilliam Kennedy Dickson
(British)
Guillermo NavarroGuillermo Navarro
(Mexican)
Matthew VanDykeMatthew VanDyke
(American)

Karl FreundKarl Freund
(American)
Helen LevittHelen Levitt
(American)
Carl BoenishCarl Boenish
(American)

John TollJohn Toll
(American)
Les BlankLes Blank
(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)