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)
Damon HerrimanDamon Herriman
(Australian)
Martin KenzieMartin Kenzie
(British)

Caleb DeschanelCaleb Deschanel
(American)
Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
(American)
Patrick McDermottPatrick McDermott
(American)

Georges MélièsGeorges Méliès
(French)
Emmanuel LubezkiEmmanuel Lubezki
(Mexican)
Rainer Werner FassbinderRainer Werner Fassbinder
(German)

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Louis GarrelLouis Garrel
(French)
Louis MalleLouis Malle
(French)
Lynne RamsayLynne Ramsay
(British)

Nicolas RoegNicolas Roeg
(British)
Peter GreenawayPeter Greenaway
(British)
Louis Le PrinceLouis Le Prince
(French)

Eleanor CoppolaEleanor Coppola
(American)
Rupert WyattRupert Wyatt
(British)
Robert FrankRobert Frank
(Swiss,American)

Jan de BontJan de Bont
John SchwartzmanJohn Schwartzman
(American)
Mike FiggisMike Figgis
(British)

Alain ResnaisAlain Resnais
(French)
Tom TykwerTom Tykwer
(German)
Matthew LibatiqueMatthew Libatique
(American)

Chris MarkerChris Marker
(French)
Nuri Bilge CeylanNuri Bilge Ceylan
(Turkish)
Wally PfisterWally Pfister
(American)

Mario BavaMario Bava
(Italian)
Hoyte van HoytemaHoyte van Hoytema
(Swedish)
Bille AugustBille August
(Danish)

Jesús FrancoJesús Franco
(Spanish)
Robert ElswitRobert Elswit
(American)
Paul StrandPaul Strand
(American)

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Jacques RivetteJacques Rivette
(French)
Carl BoenishCarl Boenish
(American)
Bill TilghmanBill Tilghman
(American)

Vilmos ZsigmondVilmos Zsigmond
(Hungarian)
Guillermo NavarroGuillermo Navarro
(Mexican)
Andrew LauAndrew Lau

Pierre MorelPierre Morel
(French)
Haskell WexlerHaskell Wexler
(American)
Peter BerlinPeter Berlin
(German)

Herschell Gordon LewisHerschell Gordon Lewis
(American)
Rodrigo PrietoRodrigo Prieto
(Mexican,American)
Gregg TolandGregg Toland
(American)

Gordon WillisGordon Willis
(American)
Les BlankLes Blank
(American)
Philippe GarrelPhilippe Garrel
(French)

Harold RossonHarold Rosson
(American)
Shane HurlbutShane Hurlbut
(American)
William Kennedy DicksonWilliam Kennedy Dickson
(British)

Darius KhondjiDarius Khondji
(French)
Dean CundeyDean Cundey
(American)
Jaco Van DormaelJaco Van Dormael
(Belgian)

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

Helen LevittHelen Levitt
(American)
John TollJohn Toll
(American)
Karl FreundKarl Freund
(American)

Matthew VanDykeMatthew VanDyke
(American)
Maziar BahariMaziar Bahari
(Canadian)
Leon ShamroyLeon Shamroy
(American)

Douglas SlocombeDouglas Slocombe
(British)
Edward LachmanEdward Lachman
(American)
Conrad L. HallConrad L. Hall
(American)

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

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