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
Abraham Williams Abraham Williams
New Zealander, American

Matt Ross Matt Ross
American

Sam Taylor-JohnsonSam Taylor-Johnson
British

John JayJohn Jay
American
Robert Downey Sr.Robert Downey Sr.
American

Dirty HarryDirty Harry
American

Cary Joji FukunagaCary Joji Fukunaga
American
George SandersGeorge Sanders
American

Bryan GreenbergBryan Greenberg
American
Stella StevensStella Stevens
Hungarian

Jessica JonesJessica Jones
American

Jack DonnellyJack Donnelly
American
Trey SmithTrey Smith
American
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Jim HanksJim Hanks
American
Tony RichardsonTony Richardson
Canadian

Todd FisherTodd Fisher
American

Caleb DeschanelCaleb Deschanel
American

Louis GarrelLouis Garrel
French
Costa RoninCosta Ronin
Australian, American, Russian

Damon HerrimanDamon Herriman
Australian

Rainer Werner FassbinderRainer Werner Fassbinder
German

Georges MélièsGeorges Méliès
French

Josh GibsonJosh Gibson
American
Gabriel MannGabriel Mann
American

Tony CurranTony Curran
British, Scottish
Louis MalleLouis Malle
French

Travis KnightTravis Knight
American

Hoyte van HoytemaHoyte van Hoytema
Swedish
Zhang YimouZhang Yimou
Chinese

Anthony AdamsAnthony Adams
American
Adam WingardAdam Wingard
American

John AsherJohn Asher
American

Nicolas RoegNicolas Roeg
British

Janusz KamińskiJanusz Kamiński
Polish

Patrick McDermottPatrick McDermott
American
Emmanuel LubezkiEmmanuel Lubezki
Mexican

Mr. PeteMr. Pete
American

Jan de BontJan de Bont
-

Louis Le PrinceLouis Le Prince
French
Lynne RamsayLynne Ramsay
British
Bimal RoyBimal Roy
Bangladeshi, Indian

Eleanor CoppolaEleanor Coppola
American

Lloyd KaufmanLloyd Kaufman
American

Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
American
Angela LeeAngela Lee
American

Peter GreenawayPeter Greenaway
British
Jeremy SaulnierJeremy Saulnier
American

Mike FiggisMike Figgis
British

Conrad HallConrad Hall
French Polynesian, American
Tom TykwerTom Tykwer
German

Robert FrankRobert Frank
Swiss, American
Wally PfisterWally Pfister
American

Mack SennettMack Sennett
Canadian, American

John SchwartzmanJohn Schwartzman
American
Chris MarkerChris Marker
French

Alain ResnaisAlain Resnais
French
Nuri Bilge CeylanNuri Bilge Ceylan
Turkish

Mario BavaMario Bava
Italian

Robert ElswitRobert Elswit
American

Gareth EdwardsGareth Edwards
British
Jacques RivetteJacques Rivette
French

Darius KhondjiDarius Khondji
French

Haskell WexlerHaskell Wexler
American

Rupert WyattRupert Wyatt
British

Rodrigo PrietoRodrigo Prieto
Mexican, American
Vilmos ZsigmondVilmos Zsigmond
Hungarian

Bille AugustBille August
Danish
Andrew LauAndrew Lau
-

Dean CundeyDean Cundey
American

Herschell Gordon LewisHerschell Gordon Lewis
American
Gordon WillisGordon Willis
American

Gregg TolandGregg Toland
American
Bill TilghmanBill Tilghman
American

Harold RossonHarold Rosson
American
Philippe GarrelPhilippe Garrel
French

Les BlankLes Blank
American

Matthew LibatiqueMatthew Libatique
American
Naomi KawaseNaomi Kawase
Japanese

John TollJohn Toll
American
Leslie Marmon SilkoLeslie Marmon Silko
American