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

Abraham Williams Abraham Williams
New Zealander, American

Robert Downey Sr.Robert Downey Sr.
American

Damon HerrimanDamon Herriman
Australian
Jim HanksJim Hanks
American

Louis GarrelLouis Garrel
French
Caleb DeschanelCaleb Deschanel
American

Todd FisherTodd Fisher
American

Angela LeeAngela Lee
American
Tony CurranTony Curran
British, Scottish

Georges MélièsGeorges Méliès
French
Rainer Werner FassbinderRainer Werner Fassbinder
German

Louis MalleLouis Malle
French

John HansonJohn Hanson
American
John AsherJohn Asher
American

Nicolas RoegNicolas Roeg
British
Louis Le PrinceLouis Le Prince
French

Lynne RamsayLynne Ramsay
British

Patrick McDermottPatrick McDermott
American

Hoyte van HoytemaHoyte van Hoytema
Swedish
Emmanuel LubezkiEmmanuel Lubezki
Mexican
Jan de BontJan de Bont
-

Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
American

Eleanor CoppolaEleanor Coppola
American

Peter GreenawayPeter Greenaway
British
Jeremy SaulnierJeremy Saulnier
American

Bille AugustBille August
Danish

Robert FrankRobert Frank
Swiss, American

John SchwartzmanJohn Schwartzman
American

Alain ResnaisAlain Resnais
French
Mike FiggisMike Figgis
British

Tom TykwerTom Tykwer
German
Rupert WyattRupert Wyatt
British

Chris MarkerChris Marker
French

Nuri Bilge CeylanNuri Bilge Ceylan
Turkish
Mario BavaMario Bava
Italian

Wally PfisterWally Pfister
American
Jesús FrancoJesús Franco
Spanish

Vilmos ZsigmondVilmos Zsigmond
Hungarian

Matthew LibatiqueMatthew Libatique
American

Herschell Gordon LewisHerschell Gordon Lewis
American

Haskell WexlerHaskell Wexler
American
Jacques RivetteJacques Rivette
French

Bill TilghmanBill Tilghman
American

Paul StrandPaul Strand
American

Les BlankLes Blank
American
Peter BerlinPeter Berlin
German

Robert ElswitRobert Elswit
American
Darius KhondjiDarius Khondji
French

Gordon WillisGordon Willis
American

Shane HurlbutShane Hurlbut
American
Pierre MorelPierre Morel
French

Harold RossonHarold Rosson
American
Guillermo NavarroGuillermo Navarro
Mexican

Andrew LauAndrew Lau
-

Gregg TolandGregg Toland
American
Philippe GarrelPhilippe Garrel
French

Dean CundeyDean Cundey
American
Rodrigo PrietoRodrigo Prieto
Mexican, American

Matthew VanDykeMatthew VanDyke
American

Jaco Van DormaelJaco Van Dormael
Belgian

Larry FongLarry Fong
American
Naomi KawaseNaomi Kawase
Japanese
David BrowerDavid Brower
American

William Kennedy DicksonWilliam Kennedy Dickson
British

Maziar BahariMaziar Bahari
Canadian

John TollJohn Toll
American
Karl FreundKarl Freund
American

Douglas SlocombeDouglas Slocombe
British

Helen LevittHelen Levitt
American

Carl BoenishCarl Boenish
American

Edward LachmanEdward Lachman
American
Leon ShamroyLeon Shamroy
American

Conrad L. HallConrad L. Hall
American
Wolfgang SuschitzkyWolfgang Suschitzky
British

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