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

Abraham Williams Abraham Williams
New Zealander, American

Mark Angel Mark Angel
Nigerien

Matt Ross Matt Ross
American

Cary Joji FukunagaCary Joji Fukunaga
American

Sam Taylor-JohnsonSam Taylor-Johnson
British
Robert Downey Sr.Robert Downey Sr.
American

Louis GarrelLouis Garrel
French

Jim HanksJim Hanks
American
Todd FisherTodd Fisher
American

Damon HerrimanDamon Herriman
Australian
John JayJohn Jay
American

Caleb DeschanelCaleb Deschanel
American

John AsherJohn Asher
American
Costa RoninCosta Ronin
Australian, American, Russian
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Georges MélièsGeorges Méliès
French
Zhang YimouZhang Yimou
Chinese

Rainer Werner FassbinderRainer Werner Fassbinder
German

Darius KhondjiDarius Khondji
French

Emmanuel LubezkiEmmanuel Lubezki
Mexican
Louis MalleLouis Malle
French

Lynne RamsayLynne Ramsay
British

Tony CurranTony Curran
British, Scottish

Hoyte van HoytemaHoyte van Hoytema
Swedish

Mr. PeteMr. Pete
American
Adam WingardAdam Wingard
American

Angela LeeAngela Lee
American
Eleanor CoppolaEleanor Coppola
American

Patrick McDermottPatrick McDermott
American

Nicolas RoegNicolas Roeg
British
Peter GreenawayPeter Greenaway
British

Mike FiggisMike Figgis
British
Jan de BontJan de Bont
-

Louis Le PrinceLouis Le Prince
French

Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
American

Jeremy SaulnierJeremy Saulnier
American

Mack SennettMack Sennett
Canadian, American
Alain ResnaisAlain Resnais
French

John SchwartzmanJohn Schwartzman
American

Tom TykwerTom Tykwer
German

Robert FrankRobert Frank
Swiss, American
Wally PfisterWally Pfister
American
Chris MarkerChris Marker
French

Philippe GarrelPhilippe Garrel
French

Jesús FrancoJesús Franco
Spanish

Nuri Bilge CeylanNuri Bilge Ceylan
Turkish
Mario BavaMario Bava
Italian

Bille AugustBille August
Danish
Matthew LibatiqueMatthew Libatique
American

Robert ElswitRobert Elswit
American

Andrew LauAndrew Lau
-
Rupert WyattRupert Wyatt
British

Jacques RivetteJacques Rivette
French
Gordon WillisGordon Willis
American

Haskell WexlerHaskell Wexler
American

Gregg TolandGregg Toland
American
Herschell Gordon LewisHerschell Gordon Lewis
American

Bill TilghmanBill Tilghman
American
Manoel de OliveiraManoel de Oliveira
Portuguese

Guillermo NavarroGuillermo Navarro
Mexican

Vilmos ZsigmondVilmos Zsigmond
Hungarian

Ronald NeameRonald Neame
British
John TollJohn Toll
American

Leslie Marmon SilkoLeslie Marmon Silko
American

Pierre MorelPierre Morel
French

Shane HurlbutShane Hurlbut
American

Dean CundeyDean Cundey
American
Paul StrandPaul Strand
American

Andrew LesnieAndrew Lesnie
Australian
Edwin S. PorterEdwin S. Porter
American

Harold RossonHarold Rosson
American

Peter BerlinPeter Berlin
German
Les BlankLes Blank
American

Jaco Van DormaelJaco Van Dormael
Belgian
Maziar BahariMaziar Bahari
Canadian

William Kennedy DicksonWilliam Kennedy Dickson
British
Douglas SlocombeDouglas Slocombe
British

Rodrigo PrietoRodrigo Prieto
Mexican, American

Freddie YoungFreddie Young
British
Freddie FrancisFreddie Francis
British

Larry FongLarry Fong
American
David BrowerDavid Brower
American