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
Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
American
Caleb DeschanelCaleb Deschanel
American

Louis GarrelLouis Garrel
French
Georges MélièsGeorges Méliès
French
Rainer Werner FassbinderRainer Werner Fassbinder
German

Louis MalleLouis Malle
French
Lynne RamsayLynne Ramsay
British
Patrick McDermottPatrick McDermott
American
Nicolas RoegNicolas Roeg
British

Jan de BontJan de Bont
-
Emmanuel LubezkiEmmanuel Lubezki
Mexican
Eleanor CoppolaEleanor Coppola
American

Louis Le PrinceLouis Le Prince
French
Peter GreenawayPeter Greenaway
British
Robert FrankRobert Frank
Swiss, American
Bille AugustBille August
Danish

John SchwartzmanJohn Schwartzman
American
Hoyte van HoytemaHoyte van Hoytema
Swedish
Mike FiggisMike Figgis
British

Tom TykwerTom Tykwer
German
Alain ResnaisAlain Resnais
French
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
Haskell WexlerHaskell Wexler
American

Jacques RivetteJacques Rivette
French
Herschell Gordon LewisHerschell Gordon Lewis
American
Bill TilghmanBill Tilghman
American

Paul StrandPaul Strand
American
Les BlankLes Blank
American
Peter BerlinPeter Berlin
German
Robert ElswitRobert Elswit
American

Darius KhondjiDarius Khondji
French
Shane HurlbutShane Hurlbut
American
Pierre MorelPierre Morel
French

Harold RossonHarold Rosson
American
Guillermo NavarroGuillermo Navarro
Mexican
Andrew LauAndrew Lau
-
Gregg TolandGregg Toland
American

Gordon WillisGordon Willis
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
Helen LevittHelen Levitt
American

Douglas SlocombeDouglas Slocombe
British
Carl BoenishCarl Boenish
American
Edward LachmanEdward Lachman
American

Leon ShamroyLeon Shamroy
American
Wolfgang SuschitzkyWolfgang Suschitzky
British
Conrad L. HallConrad L. Hall
American
Ernest R. DickersonErnest R. Dickerson
American

TejaTeja
Indian
Daniel MindelDaniel Mindel
South African
Robert RichardsonRobert Richardson
American

Fred KoenekampFred Koenekamp
American