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)

Jean-Luc GodardJean-Luc Godard
(Swiss,French)

Georges MélièsGeorges Méliès
(French)

Emmanuel LubezkiEmmanuel Lubezki
(Mexican)
Tao RuspoliTao Ruspoli
(American)

Rainer Werner FassbinderRainer Werner Fassbinder
Nicolas RoegNicolas Roeg
(British)

Louis MalleLouis Malle
(French)

Alain ResnaisAlain Resnais
(French)

Louis GarrelLouis Garrel
(French)
Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
(American)

Hoyte van HoytemaHoyte van Hoytema
(Swedish)
Peter GreenawayPeter Greenaway
(British)

Robert FrankRobert Frank
(Swiss,American)

Caleb DeschanelCaleb Deschanel
(American)

Herschell Gordon LewisHerschell Gordon Lewis
(American)
Louis Le PrinceLouis Le Prince
(French)

Gordon WillisGordon Willis
(American)
Vilmos ZsigmondVilmos Zsigmond
(Hungarian)

Damon HerrimanDamon Herriman
(Australian)

Douglas SlocombeDouglas Slocombe
(British)

Chris MarkerChris Marker
(French)
Martin KenzieMartin Kenzie
(British)

Wolfgang SuschitzkyWolfgang Suschitzky
(British)
Daniel MindelDaniel Mindel
(South African)

Jacques RivetteJacques Rivette
(French)

Tom TykwerTom Tykwer
(German)

Fred KoenekampFred Koenekamp
(American)
Mario BavaMario Bava
(Italian)

Jan de BontJan de Bont
Paul StrandPaul Strand
(American)

Jesús FrancoJesús Franco
(Spanish)

Lynne RamsayLynne Ramsay
(British)

Nuri Bilge CeylanNuri Bilge Ceylan
(Turkish)
Wally PfisterWally Pfister
(American)

Bill TilghmanBill Tilghman
(American)
Eleanor CoppolaEleanor Coppola
(American)

Carl BoenishCarl Boenish
(American)

Shane HurlbutShane Hurlbut
(American)

Andrew LauAndrew Lau
Jaco Van DormaelJaco Van Dormael
(Belgian)

Maziar BahariMaziar Bahari
(Canadian)
Matthew VanDykeMatthew VanDyke
(American)

Mike FiggisMike Figgis
(British)

Pierre MorelPierre Morel
(French)

Darius KhondjiDarius Khondji
(French)
Guillermo NavarroGuillermo Navarro
(Mexican)

Philippe GarrelPhilippe Garrel
(French)
Gregg TolandGregg Toland
(American)

Rupert WyattRupert Wyatt
(British)

Bille AugustBille August
(Danish)

Robert ElswitRobert Elswit
(American)
Larry FongLarry Fong
(American)

Helen LevittHelen Levitt
(American)
Haskell WexlerHaskell Wexler
(American)

Patrick McDermottPatrick McDermott
(American)

David BrowerDavid Brower
(American)

Naomi KawaseNaomi Kawase
(Japanese)
Peter BerlinPeter Berlin
(German)

John SchwartzmanJohn Schwartzman
(American)
William Kennedy DicksonWilliam Kennedy Dickson
(British)

Matthew LibatiqueMatthew Libatique
(American)

John TollJohn Toll
(American)

Les BlankLes Blank
(American)
Edward LachmanEdward Lachman
(American)

Dean CundeyDean Cundey
(American)
Harold RossonHarold Rosson
(American)

Leon ShamroyLeon Shamroy
(American)

Rodrigo PrietoRodrigo Prieto
(Mexican,American)

Karl FreundKarl Freund
(American)
TejaTeja
(Indian)

Conrad L. HallConrad L. Hall
(American)
Ernest R. DickersonErnest R. Dickerson
(American)

Robert RichardsonRobert Richardson
(American)

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