Cinematographers

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.

 1 Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino
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Famous As: Fimmaker
Birthdate: March 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Popular film director, screenwriter, and producer, Quentin Tarantino, first rose to fame as an independent filmmaker in the early 1990s. His films are known for their nonlinear story-lines and neo-noir elements and have garnered both critical and commercial success. He is the winner of two Academy Awards and has been called "the single most influential director of his generation."

 2 Robert Downey Sr.

Robert Downey Sr.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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 3 Steve-O

Steve-O
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 13, 1974
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian, British, American

British-born American comedian and TV personality, Steve-O, gained international fame with his performance stunts in the TV series Jackass. Following a nomadic childhood, he graduated from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Clown College and began his career as a clown. He eventually started appearing on TV shows and became popular.

 4 Daniel Moder

Daniel Moder
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Famous As: Cinematographer
Birthdate: January 31, 1969
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Daniel Moder, husband of legendary actor Julia Roberts, is best known for his Emmy-nominated cinematography in the TV drama The Normal Heart. He is also known for his camera work and cinematography in the films Secret in Their Eyes, Spider-Man 3, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, and The Mexican.
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 5 Sam Taylor-Johnson

Sam Taylor-Johnson
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: March 4, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 6 Cary Joji Fukunaga

Cary Joji Fukunaga
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: July 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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 7 Alexandra Pelosi

Alexandra Pelosi
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 5, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
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 8 Alton Brown

Alton Brown
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Famous As: TV Personality, Celebrity Chef, Author
Birthdate: July 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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 9 Caleb Deschanel

Caleb Deschanel
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Famous As: Cinematographer, Film director
Birthdate: September 21, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 10 Todd Fisher

Todd Fisher
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: February 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 11 Gwen Verdon

Gwen Verdon
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: October 18, 2000

 12 Gaspar Noé

Gaspar Noé
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: December 27, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Argentinian

 13 Jim Hanks

Jim Hanks
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 15, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 14 Roger Deakins

Roger Deakins
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Famous As: Cinematographer
Birthdate: May 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British
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 15 Georges Méliès

Georges Méliès
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Famous As: Actor, Film director, Animator, Film editor, Screenwriter, Stage magician, Cineast, Film producer, Cinematographer
Birthdate: December 8, 1861
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French
Died: January 21, 1938

 16 David Lean

Sir David Lean
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Famous As: Film Director, Producer & Screenwater
Birthdate: March 25, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British
Died: April 16, 1991

 17 Louis Garrel

Louis Garrel
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Famous As: Actor, Cinematographer, Screenwriter, Film director
Birthdate: June 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French

 18 Damon Herriman

Damon Herriman
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Famous As: Actor, Cinematographer, Screenwriter, Film director, Film producer
Birthdate: March 31, 1970
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Australian
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 19 Tony Curran

Tony Curran
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British, Scottish

 20 Louis Malle

Louis Malle
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Film producer, Film director, Camera operator, Cinematographer, Actor
Birthdate: October 30, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French
Died: November 23, 1995

 21 Travis Knight

Travis Knight
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 22 Barry Sonnenfeld

Barry Sonnenfeld
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: April 1, 1953
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 23 Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Rainer Werner Fassbinder
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Famous As: Film maker
Birthdate: May 31, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German
Died: June 10, 1982

 24 Nicolas Roeg

Nicolas Roeg
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Famous As: Film director, Cinematographer
Birthdate: August 15, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 25 John Asher

John Asher
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 13, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 26 Zhang Yimou

Zhang Yimou
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: April 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Chinese

 27 Eleanor Coppola

Eleanor Coppola
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Famous As: Film director, Actor, Screenwriter
Birthdate: May 4, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 28 Costa Ronin

Costa Ronin
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Australian, American, Russian

 29 Gareth Edwards

Gareth Edwards
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: June 13, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 30 Emmanuel Lubezki

Emmanuel Lubezki
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Famous As: Cinematographer
Birthdate: November 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Mexican

 31 Matt Ross

Matt Ross
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 3, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 32 Janusz Kamiński

Janusz Kamiński
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Famous As: Cinematographer
Birthdate: June 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Polish

 33 Adam Wingard

Adam Wingard
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: December 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 34 Santosh Sivan

Santosh Sivan
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Famous As: Cinematographer
Birthdate: February 8, 1964
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian

 35 Mr. Pete

Mr. Pete
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 36 Hoyte van Hoytema

Hoyte van Hoytema
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Famous As: Cinematographer, Artist
Birthdate: October 4, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Swedish

 37 Russ Meyer

Russ Meyer
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: March 21, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: September 18, 2004

 38 Lynne Ramsay

Lynne Ramsay
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film producer
Birthdate: December 5, 1969
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British

 39 Patrick McDermott

Patrick McDermott
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Famous As: Cameraman
Birthdate: September 18, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 40 Jan de Bont

Jan de Bont
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Famous As: Film director, Cinematographer, Film producer
Birthdate: October 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
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 41 Lloyd Kaufman

Lloyd Kaufman
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: December 30, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 42 Louis Le Prince

Louis Le Prince
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Famous As: Inventor, Film director, Cinematographer
Birthdate: August 28, 1841
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French

 43 John Schwartzman

John Schwartzman
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Famous As: Cinematographer
Birthdate: October 18, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 44 Peter Greenaway

Peter Greenaway
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Famous As: Theatre director, Film director, Writer, Experimental artist, Screenwriter, Painter, Film editor, Actor, Cinematographer, Television director
Birthdate: April 5, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

 45 Robert Osborne

Robert Osborne
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Famous As: Actor, Television actor, Biographer, Film actor, Historian, Journalist, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film producer
Birthdate: May 3, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: March 6, 2017

 46 Tom Tykwer

Tom Tykwer
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Famous As: Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter, Composer, Cinematographer, Film score composer
Birthdate: May 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: German

 47 Jeremy Saulnier

Jeremy Saulnier
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: June 10, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 48 Conrad Hall

Conrad L. Hall
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Famous As: Cinematographer
Birthdate: June 21, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French Polynesian, American
Died: January 4, 2003

 49 Mario Bava

Mario Bava
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Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Writer, Responsible for special effects
Birthdate: July 31, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian
Died: April 25, 1980

 50 Sean Stone

Sean Stone
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 29, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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