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.

Steve-O Steve-O
Canadian, British, American

Alton Brown Alton Brown
American

Gwen Verdon Gwen Verdon
American

Russ Meyer Russ Meyer
American

Mark Angel Mark Angel
Nigerien
Matt Ross Matt Ross
American

Abraham Williams Abraham Williams
New Zealander, American
Costa RoninCosta Ronin
Australian, American, Russian

Robert Downey Sr.Robert Downey Sr.
American
Jim HanksJim Hanks
American

Cary Joji FukunagaCary Joji Fukunaga
American

Dirty HarryDirty Harry
American
Sam Taylor-JohnsonSam Taylor-Johnson
British

Jessica JonesJessica Jones
American
George SandersGeorge Sanders
American

Bryan GreenbergBryan Greenberg
American

Louis GarrelLouis Garrel
French
Stella StevensStella Stevens
Hungarian
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Damon HerrimanDamon Herriman
Australian
Todd FisherTodd Fisher
American

Tony RichardsonTony Richardson
Canadian

Jack DonnellyJack Donnelly
American

Rainer Werner FassbinderRainer Werner Fassbinder
German
Caleb DeschanelCaleb Deschanel
American

Georges MélièsGeorges Méliès
French

John JayJohn Jay
American

Louis MalleLouis Malle
French

Gabriel MannGabriel Mann
American
John AsherJohn Asher
American

Tony CurranTony Curran
British, Scottish
Travis KnightTravis Knight
American

Trey SmithTrey Smith
American

Zhang YimouZhang Yimou
Chinese
Anthony AdamsAnthony Adams
American

Emmanuel LubezkiEmmanuel Lubezki
Mexican
Mr. PeteMr. Pete
American

Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
American

Lynne RamsayLynne Ramsay
British

Janusz KamińskiJanusz Kamiński
Polish

Nicolas RoegNicolas Roeg
British
Louis Le PrinceLouis Le Prince
French

Angela LeeAngela Lee
American

Peter GreenawayPeter Greenaway
British

Adam WingardAdam Wingard
American
Josh GibsonJosh Gibson
American
Patrick McDermottPatrick McDermott
American

Hoyte van HoytemaHoyte van Hoytema
Swedish

Eleanor CoppolaEleanor Coppola
American

Conrad HallConrad Hall
French Polynesian, American
Tom TykwerTom Tykwer
German

Jeremy SaulnierJeremy Saulnier
American
Jan de BontJan de Bont
-

Chris MarkerChris Marker
French

Alain ResnaisAlain Resnais
French
John SchwartzmanJohn Schwartzman
American

Mike FiggisMike Figgis
British
Robert FrankRobert Frank
Swiss, American

Wally PfisterWally Pfister
American

Mack SennettMack Sennett
Canadian, American
Darius KhondjiDarius Khondji
French

Nuri Bilge CeylanNuri Bilge Ceylan
Turkish
Mario BavaMario Bava
Italian

Robert ElswitRobert Elswit
American

Rupert WyattRupert Wyatt
British

Bille AugustBille August
Danish
Gordon WillisGordon Willis
American

Jacques RivetteJacques Rivette
French

Haskell WexlerHaskell Wexler
American

Herschell Gordon LewisHerschell Gordon Lewis
American

Gregg TolandGregg Toland
American
Rodrigo PrietoRodrigo Prieto
Mexican, American

Philippe GarrelPhilippe Garrel
French
Andrew LauAndrew Lau
-

Vilmos ZsigmondVilmos Zsigmond
Hungarian

Pierre MorelPierre Morel
French
Matthew LibatiqueMatthew Libatique
American

Dean CundeyDean Cundey
American
Guillermo NavarroGuillermo Navarro
Mexican

Bill TilghmanBill Tilghman
American
Shane HurlbutShane Hurlbut
American

Manoel de OliveiraManoel de Oliveira
Portuguese

Leslie Marmon SilkoLeslie Marmon Silko
American
Ronald NeameRonald Neame
British

Harold RossonHarold Rosson
American
John TollJohn Toll
American