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.

Georges MélièsGeorges Méliès
(French)
Jay BaruchelJay Baruchel
(Canadian)

Jean-Luc GodardJean-Luc Godard
(Swiss,French)
Lynne RamsayLynne Ramsay
(British)
Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
(American)

Tao RuspoliTao Ruspoli
(American)
Louis MalleLouis Malle
(French)
Caleb DeschanelCaleb Deschanel
(American)

Patrick McDermottPatrick McDermott
(American)
Rainer Werner FassbinderRainer Werner Fassbinder
(German)
Louis GarrelLouis Garrel
(French)

Damon HerrimanDamon Herriman
(Australian)
Louis Le PrinceLouis Le Prince
(French)
Nicolas RoegNicolas Roeg
(British)

Emmanuel LubezkiEmmanuel Lubezki
(Mexican)
Eleanor CoppolaEleanor Coppola
(American)
Peter GreenawayPeter Greenaway
(British)

Martin KenzieMartin Kenzie
(British)
Jan de BontJan de Bont
Robert FrankRobert Frank
(Swiss,American)

Tom TykwerTom Tykwer
(German)
Bille AugustBille August
(Danish)
Nuri Bilge CeylanNuri Bilge Ceylan
(Turkish)

John SchwartzmanJohn Schwartzman
(American)
Chris MarkerChris Marker
(French)
Alain ResnaisAlain Resnais
(French)

Mike FiggisMike Figgis
(British)
Mario BavaMario Bava
(Italian)
Hoyte van HoytemaHoyte van Hoytema
(Swedish)

Jesús FrancoJesús Franco
(Spanish)
Wally PfisterWally Pfister
(American)
Philippe GarrelPhilippe Garrel
(French)

Bill TilghmanBill Tilghman
(American)
Vilmos ZsigmondVilmos Zsigmond
(Hungarian)
Jacques RivetteJacques Rivette
(French)

Pierre MorelPierre Morel
(French)
Matthew LibatiqueMatthew Libatique
(American)
Herschell Gordon LewisHerschell Gordon Lewis
(American)

Rupert WyattRupert Wyatt
(British)
Andrew LauAndrew Lau
Robert ElswitRobert Elswit
(American)

Paul StrandPaul Strand
(American)
Gregg TolandGregg Toland
(American)
Naomi KawaseNaomi Kawase
(Japanese)

Dean CundeyDean Cundey
(American)
Haskell WexlerHaskell Wexler
(American)
Gordon WillisGordon Willis
(American)

Guillermo NavarroGuillermo Navarro
(Mexican)
Matthew VanDykeMatthew VanDyke
(American)
Karl FreundKarl Freund
(American)

Jaco Van DormaelJaco Van Dormael
(Belgian)
Darius KhondjiDarius Khondji
(French)
Shane HurlbutShane Hurlbut
(American)

David BrowerDavid Brower
(American)
Peter BerlinPeter Berlin
(German)
Larry FongLarry Fong
(American)

Maziar BahariMaziar Bahari
(Canadian)
Rodrigo PrietoRodrigo Prieto
(Mexican,American)
Carl BoenishCarl Boenish
(American)

Harold RossonHarold Rosson
(American)
Helen LevittHelen Levitt
(American)
John TollJohn Toll
(American)

William Kennedy DicksonWilliam Kennedy Dickson
(British)
Douglas SlocombeDouglas Slocombe
(British)
Les BlankLes Blank
(American)

Edward LachmanEdward Lachman
(American)
Leon ShamroyLeon Shamroy
(American)
Conrad L. HallConrad L. Hall
(American)

TejaTeja
(Indian)
Wolfgang SuschitzkyWolfgang Suschitzky
(British)
Ernest R. DickersonErnest R. Dickerson
(American)

Daniel MindelDaniel Mindel
(South African)
Robert RichardsonRobert Richardson
(American)
Fred KoenekampFred Koenekamp
(American)