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.

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 1 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.

 2 Todd Fisher

Todd Fisher
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Famous As: Director
Birthdate: February 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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 3 Sam Taylor-Johnson

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

 4 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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 5 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.

 6 Alton Brown

Alton Brown
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Famous As: TV Personality, Celebrity Chef, Author
Birthdate: July 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Alton Brown soared to fame as the creator of the Food Network culinary show Good Eats. He has also hosted shows such as Iron Chef America and Feasting on Asphalt. He has authored several bestselling cookbooks. He also created two culinary shows on YouTube during the COVID-19 lockdown.
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 7 Gwen Verdon

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

Four-time Tony-winning actor Gwen Verdon is remembered for her SAG-nominated performance in Marvin’s Room. She was known for her signature red hair and her love for cats. She was nominated for Emmys for the series Magnum, P.I., Dream On, and Homicide: Life on the Street. She inspired the series Fosse/Verdon.

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 8 Jim Hanks

Jim Hanks
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 15, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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 9 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

 10 Gareth Edwards

Gareth Edwards
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: June 1, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 11 Gaspar Noé

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

 12 Cary Joji Fukunaga

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

 13 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."

 14 Roger Deakins

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

English cinematographer Roger Deakins is known for his collaborations with ace directors such as Sam Mendes and the Coen brothers. He gained fame with his Academy Award-winning cinematography in the films 1917 and Blade Runner 2049, and his work on The Shawshank Redemption and A Beautiful Mind.

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 15 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

 16 Alexandra Pelosi

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

 17 Caleb Deschanel

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

 18 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
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 19 James Wong Howe

James Wong Howe
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Famous As: Cinematographer
Birthdate: August 28, 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Chinese
Died: July 12, 1976

 20 Louis Garrel

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

 21 Tony Curran

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

 22 Emmanuel Lubezki

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

 23 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

 24 Zhang Yimou

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

 25 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

 26 Mr. Pete

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

 27 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

 28 Travis Knight

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

 29 Adam Wingard

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

 30 Santosh Sivan

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

 31 Costa Ronin

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

 32 Martin Kenzie

Martin Kenzie
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Famous As: Cinematographer
Birthdate: April 29, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: July 16, 2012

 33 Russ Meyer

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

 34 Barry Sonnenfeld

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

 35 Nicolas Roeg

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

 36 Janusz Kamiński

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

 37 Matt Ross

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

 38 John Asher

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

 39 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

 40 Patrick McDermott

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

 41 Hoyte van Hoytema

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

 42 Jeremy Saulnier

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

 43 Eleanor Coppola

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

 44 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

 45 Lloyd Kaufman

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

 46 Mark Angel

Mark Angel
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: May 27, 1991
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Nigerien

 47 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

 48 Robert Frank

Robert Frank
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: November 9, 1924
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Swiss, American
Died: September 9, 2019

 49 Jan de Bont

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

 50 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
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