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)
Jean-Luc GodardJean-Luc Godard
(Swiss,French)

Lynne RamsayLynne Ramsay
(British)
Louis Le PrinceLouis Le Prince
(French)
Tao RuspoliTao Ruspoli
(American)

Georges MélièsGeorges Méliès
(French)
Caleb DeschanelCaleb Deschanel
(American)
Rainer Werner FassbinderRainer Werner Fassbinder
(German)

Emmanuel LubezkiEmmanuel Lubezki
(Mexican)
Louis MalleLouis Malle
(French)
Louis GarrelLouis Garrel
(French)

Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
(American)
Hoyte van HoytemaHoyte van Hoytema
(Swedish)
Eleanor CoppolaEleanor Coppola
(American)

Tom TykwerTom Tykwer
(German)
Nicolas RoegNicolas Roeg
(British)
Martin KenzieMartin Kenzie
(British)

Peter GreenawayPeter Greenaway
(British)
Robert FrankRobert Frank
(Swiss,American)
Jan de BontJan de Bont

John SchwartzmanJohn Schwartzman
(American)
Mike FiggisMike Figgis
(British)
Damon HerrimanDamon Herriman
(Australian)

Philippe GarrelPhilippe Garrel
(French)
Wally PfisterWally Pfister
(American)
Bill TilghmanBill Tilghman
(American)

Alain ResnaisAlain Resnais
(French)
Patrick McDermottPatrick McDermott
(American)
Chris MarkerChris Marker
(French)

Mario BavaMario Bava
(Italian)
Robert ElswitRobert Elswit
(American)
Jesús FrancoJesús Franco
(Spanish)

Nuri Bilge CeylanNuri Bilge Ceylan
(Turkish)
Matthew VanDykeMatthew VanDyke
(American)
Jacques RivetteJacques Rivette
(French)

Guillermo NavarroGuillermo Navarro
(Mexican)
Paul StrandPaul Strand
(American)
Vilmos ZsigmondVilmos Zsigmond
(Hungarian)

Matthew LibatiqueMatthew Libatique
(American)
Herschell Gordon LewisHerschell Gordon Lewis
(American)
Rupert WyattRupert Wyatt
(British)

Haskell WexlerHaskell Wexler
(American)
Andrew LauAndrew Lau
Gordon WillisGordon Willis
(American)

Rodrigo PrietoRodrigo Prieto
(Mexican,American)
Gregg TolandGregg Toland
(American)
Jaco Van DormaelJaco Van Dormael
(Belgian)

Bille AugustBille August
(Danish)
Dean CundeyDean Cundey
(American)
Darius KhondjiDarius Khondji
(French)

Naomi KawaseNaomi Kawase
(Japanese)
Peter BerlinPeter Berlin
(German)
Pierre MorelPierre Morel
(French)

Helen LevittHelen Levitt
(American)
Maziar BahariMaziar Bahari
(Canadian)
Shane HurlbutShane Hurlbut
(American)

Larry FongLarry Fong
(American)
David BrowerDavid Brower
(American)
Harold RossonHarold Rosson
(American)

William Kennedy DicksonWilliam Kennedy Dickson
(British)
John TollJohn Toll
(American)
Leon ShamroyLeon Shamroy
(American)

Carl BoenishCarl Boenish
(American)
Douglas SlocombeDouglas Slocombe
(British)
Karl FreundKarl Freund
(American)

Les BlankLes Blank
(American)
Edward LachmanEdward Lachman
(American)
Conrad L. HallConrad L. Hall
(American)

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

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