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

Gwen Verdon Gwen Verdon
American
Alton Brown Alton Brown
American

Russ Meyer Russ Meyer
American

Mark Angel Mark Angel
Nigerien

Matt Ross Matt Ross
American

Abraham Williams Abraham Williams
New Zealander, American

Robert Downey Sr.Robert Downey Sr.
American
Sam Taylor-JohnsonSam Taylor-Johnson
British

Cary Joji FukunagaCary Joji Fukunaga
American
Louis GarrelLouis Garrel
French

Damon HerrimanDamon Herriman
Australian

Jim HanksJim Hanks
American
Caleb DeschanelCaleb Deschanel
American

Todd FisherTodd Fisher
American
John JayJohn Jay
American

Adam WingardAdam Wingard
American

Georges MélièsGeorges Méliès
French
Angela LeeAngela Lee
American
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Tony CurranTony Curran
British, Scottish
Lynne RamsayLynne Ramsay
British

Rainer Werner FassbinderRainer Werner Fassbinder
German

Emmanuel LubezkiEmmanuel Lubezki
Mexican

Mr. PeteMr. Pete
American
John HansonJohn Hanson
American
Louis MalleLouis Malle
French

Costa RoninCosta Ronin
Australian, American, Russian

Hoyte van HoytemaHoyte van Hoytema
Swedish

John AsherJohn Asher
American
Patrick McDermottPatrick McDermott
American

Eleanor CoppolaEleanor Coppola
American

Peter GreenawayPeter Greenaway
British

Nicolas RoegNicolas Roeg
British

Darius KhondjiDarius Khondji
French
Robert FrankRobert Frank
Swiss, American

Louis Le PrinceLouis Le Prince
French
Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
American

Kan MukaiKan Mukai
Chinese, Japanese

Jeremy SaulnierJeremy Saulnier
American
Jan de BontJan de Bont
-

Mike FiggisMike Figgis
British
Mack SennettMack Sennett
Canadian, American

Tom TykwerTom Tykwer
German

Alain ResnaisAlain Resnais
French

John SchwartzmanJohn Schwartzman
American

Chris MarkerChris Marker
French
Mario BavaMario Bava
Italian

Shane HurlbutShane Hurlbut
American

Wally PfisterWally Pfister
American

Gregg TolandGregg Toland
American
Jesús FrancoJesús Franco
Spanish

Nuri Bilge CeylanNuri Bilge Ceylan
Turkish
Herschell Gordon LewisHerschell Gordon Lewis
American

Andrew LauAndrew Lau
-

Bille AugustBille August
Danish
Gordon WillisGordon Willis
American

Philippe GarrelPhilippe Garrel
French
Rupert WyattRupert Wyatt
British

Jacques RivetteJacques Rivette
French

Matthew LibatiqueMatthew Libatique
American
Robert ElswitRobert Elswit
American

Paul StrandPaul Strand
American
Ronald NeameRonald Neame
British

Bill TilghmanBill Tilghman
American

Vilmos ZsigmondVilmos Zsigmond
Hungarian

Manoel de OliveiraManoel de Oliveira
Portuguese
Haskell WexlerHaskell Wexler
American
Leslie Marmon SilkoLeslie Marmon Silko
American

Guillermo NavarroGuillermo Navarro
Mexican

Les BlankLes Blank
American

Edwin S. PorterEdwin S. Porter
American
Peter BerlinPeter Berlin
German

Pierre MorelPierre Morel
French

Harold RossonHarold Rosson
American

Jaco Van DormaelJaco Van Dormael
Belgian

Dean CundeyDean Cundey
American
Maziar BahariMaziar Bahari
Canadian

Rodrigo PrietoRodrigo Prieto
Mexican, American
Andrew LesnieAndrew Lesnie
Australian

Larry FongLarry Fong
American
Naomi KawaseNaomi Kawase
Japanese
David BrowerDavid Brower
American