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)
Caleb DeschanelCaleb Deschanel
(American)
Damon HerrimanDamon Herriman
(Australian)

Patrick McDermottPatrick McDermott
(American)
Emmanuel LubezkiEmmanuel Lubezki
(Mexican)
Georges MélièsGeorges Méliès
(French)

Lynne RamsayLynne Ramsay
(British)
Louis GarrelLouis Garrel
(French)
Martin KenzieMartin Kenzie
(British)

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Nicolas RoegNicolas Roeg
(British)
Louis MalleLouis Malle
(French)
Rainer Werner FassbinderRainer Werner Fassbinder
(German)

Louis Le PrinceLouis Le Prince
(French)
Peter GreenawayPeter Greenaway
(British)
Eleanor CoppolaEleanor Coppola
(American)

Jan de BontJan de Bont
Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
(American)
Matthew LibatiqueMatthew Libatique
(American)

Tom TykwerTom Tykwer
(German)
Nuri Bilge CeylanNuri Bilge Ceylan
(Turkish)
John SchwartzmanJohn Schwartzman
(American)

Robert FrankRobert Frank
(Swiss,American)
Mike FiggisMike Figgis
(British)
Alain ResnaisAlain Resnais
(French)

Rupert WyattRupert Wyatt
(British)
Chris MarkerChris Marker
(French)
Bill TilghmanBill Tilghman
(American)

Wally PfisterWally Pfister
(American)
Hoyte van HoytemaHoyte van Hoytema
(Swedish)
Jesús FrancoJesús Franco
(Spanish)

Mario BavaMario Bava
(Italian)
Pierre MorelPierre Morel
(French)
Vilmos ZsigmondVilmos Zsigmond
(Hungarian)

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Robert ElswitRobert Elswit
(American)
Jacques RivetteJacques Rivette
(French)
Bille AugustBille August
(Danish)

Shane HurlbutShane Hurlbut
(American)
Philippe GarrelPhilippe Garrel
(French)
Andrew LauAndrew Lau

Haskell WexlerHaskell Wexler
(American)
Paul StrandPaul Strand
(American)
Herschell Gordon LewisHerschell Gordon Lewis
(American)

Gordon WillisGordon Willis
(American)
Guillermo NavarroGuillermo Navarro
(Mexican)
Gregg TolandGregg Toland
(American)

Rodrigo PrietoRodrigo Prieto
(Mexican,American)
Darius KhondjiDarius Khondji
(French)
Jaco Van DormaelJaco Van Dormael
(Belgian)

Carl BoenishCarl Boenish
(American)
Dean CundeyDean Cundey
(American)
William Kennedy DicksonWilliam Kennedy Dickson
(British)

Harold RossonHarold Rosson
(American)
Matthew VanDykeMatthew VanDyke
(American)
Helen LevittHelen Levitt
(American)

Naomi KawaseNaomi Kawase
(Japanese)
Peter BerlinPeter Berlin
(German)
Larry FongLarry Fong
(American)

Maziar BahariMaziar Bahari
(Canadian)
David BrowerDavid Brower
(American)
Les BlankLes Blank
(American)

Karl FreundKarl Freund
(American)
John TollJohn Toll
(American)
Douglas SlocombeDouglas Slocombe
(British)

Leon ShamroyLeon Shamroy
(American)
Edward LachmanEdward Lachman
(American)
Conrad L. HallConrad L. Hall
(American)

Wolfgang SuschitzkyWolfgang Suschitzky
(British)
TejaTeja
(Indian)
Ernest R. DickersonErnest R. Dickerson
(American)

Daniel MindelDaniel Mindel
(South African)
Robert RichardsonRobert Richardson
(American)
Fred KoenekampFred Koenekamp
(American)