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)

Tao RuspoliTao Ruspoli
(American)
Caleb DeschanelCaleb Deschanel
(American)
Louis MalleLouis Malle
(French)

Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
(American)
Patrick McDermottPatrick McDermott
(American)
Louis GarrelLouis Garrel
(French)

Rainer Werner FassbinderRainer Werner Fassbinder
Lynne RamsayLynne Ramsay
(British)
Emmanuel LubezkiEmmanuel Lubezki
(Mexican)

Martin KenzieMartin Kenzie
(British)
Eleanor CoppolaEleanor Coppola
(American)
Hoyte van HoytemaHoyte van Hoytema
(Swedish)

Robert FrankRobert Frank
(Swiss,American)
Nicolas RoegNicolas Roeg
(British)
Peter GreenawayPeter Greenaway
(British)

Tom TykwerTom Tykwer
(German)
John SchwartzmanJohn Schwartzman
(American)
Jan de BontJan de Bont

Louis Le PrinceLouis Le Prince
(French)
Wally PfisterWally Pfister
(American)
Mario BavaMario Bava
(Italian)

Alain ResnaisAlain Resnais
(French)
Chris MarkerChris Marker
(French)
Mike FiggisMike Figgis
(British)

Damon HerrimanDamon Herriman
(Australian)
Robert ElswitRobert Elswit
(American)
Philippe GarrelPhilippe Garrel
(French)

Rupert WyattRupert Wyatt
(British)
Jacques RivetteJacques Rivette
(French)
Nuri Bilge CeylanNuri Bilge Ceylan
(Turkish)

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

Bill TilghmanBill Tilghman
(American)
Pierre MorelPierre Morel
(French)
Herschell Gordon LewisHerschell Gordon Lewis
(American)

Bille AugustBille August
(Danish)
Shane HurlbutShane Hurlbut
(American)
Jaco Van DormaelJaco Van Dormael
(Belgian)

Rodrigo PrietoRodrigo Prieto
(Mexican,American)
Maziar BahariMaziar Bahari
(Canadian)
Andrew LauAndrew Lau

Gordon WillisGordon Willis
(American)
Haskell WexlerHaskell Wexler
(American)
Gregg TolandGregg Toland
(American)

Larry FongLarry Fong
(American)
Matthew LibatiqueMatthew Libatique
(American)
Darius KhondjiDarius Khondji
(French)

Matthew VanDykeMatthew VanDyke
(American)
Dean CundeyDean Cundey
(American)
William Kennedy DicksonWilliam Kennedy Dickson
(British)

Peter BerlinPeter Berlin
(German)
Harold RossonHarold Rosson
(American)
Naomi KawaseNaomi Kawase
(Japanese)

David BrowerDavid Brower
(American)
John TollJohn Toll
(American)
Helen LevittHelen Levitt
(American)

Carl BoenishCarl Boenish
(American)
Les BlankLes Blank
(American)
Karl FreundKarl Freund
(American)

Edward LachmanEdward Lachman
(American)
Douglas SlocombeDouglas Slocombe
(British)
Leon ShamroyLeon Shamroy
(American)

Conrad L. HallConrad L. Hall
(American)
TejaTeja
(Indian)
Wolfgang SuschitzkyWolfgang Suschitzky
(British)

Daniel MindelDaniel Mindel
(South African)
Ernest R. DickersonErnest R. Dickerson
(American)
Robert RichardsonRobert Richardson
(American)

Fred KoenekampFred Koenekamp
(American)
Georges MélièsGeorges Méliès
(French)
Jesús FrancoJesús Franco
(Spanish)

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