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)
Jean-Luc GodardJean-Luc Godard
(Swiss,French)
Tao RuspoliTao Ruspoli
(American)

Georges MélièsGeorges Méliès
(French)
Louis MalleLouis Malle
(French)
Lynne RamsayLynne Ramsay
(British)

Caleb DeschanelCaleb Deschanel
(American)
Rainer Werner FassbinderRainer Werner Fassbinder
(German)
Robert OsborneRobert Osborne
(American)

Louis GarrelLouis Garrel
(French)
Martin KenzieMartin Kenzie
(British)
Nicolas RoegNicolas Roeg
(British)

Emmanuel LubezkiEmmanuel Lubezki
(Mexican)
Peter GreenawayPeter Greenaway
(British)
Louis Le PrinceLouis Le Prince
(French)

Eleanor CoppolaEleanor Coppola
(American)
Jan de BontJan de Bont
Tom TykwerTom Tykwer
(German)

John SchwartzmanJohn Schwartzman
(American)
Patrick McDermottPatrick McDermott
(American)
Mike FiggisMike Figgis
(British)

Robert FrankRobert Frank
(Swiss,American)
Chris MarkerChris Marker
(French)
Vilmos ZsigmondVilmos Zsigmond
(Hungarian)

Mario BavaMario Bava
(Italian)
Alain ResnaisAlain Resnais
(French)
Wally PfisterWally Pfister
(American)

Jesús FrancoJesús Franco
(Spanish)
Nuri Bilge CeylanNuri Bilge Ceylan
(Turkish)
Hoyte van HoytemaHoyte van Hoytema
(Swedish)

Pierre MorelPierre Morel
(French)
Bille AugustBille August
(Danish)
Philippe GarrelPhilippe Garrel
(French)

Herschell Gordon LewisHerschell Gordon Lewis
(American)
Andrew LauAndrew Lau
Robert ElswitRobert Elswit
(American)

Bill TilghmanBill Tilghman
(American)
Maziar BahariMaziar Bahari
(Canadian)
Rupert WyattRupert Wyatt
(British)

Matthew LibatiqueMatthew Libatique
(American)
Jacques RivetteJacques Rivette
(French)
Dean CundeyDean Cundey
(American)

Karl FreundKarl Freund
(American)
Jaco Van DormaelJaco Van Dormael
(Belgian)
Haskell WexlerHaskell Wexler
(American)

Shane HurlbutShane Hurlbut
(American)
Gordon WillisGordon Willis
(American)
Gregg TolandGregg Toland
(American)

Guillermo NavarroGuillermo Navarro
(Mexican)
Larry FongLarry Fong
(American)
Matthew VanDykeMatthew VanDyke
(American)

Darius KhondjiDarius Khondji
(French)
David BrowerDavid Brower
(American)
Paul StrandPaul Strand
(American)

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

Rodrigo PrietoRodrigo Prieto
(Mexican,American)
William Kennedy DicksonWilliam Kennedy Dickson
(British)
Carl BoenishCarl Boenish
(American)

John TollJohn Toll
(American)
Helen LevittHelen Levitt
(American)
Douglas SlocombeDouglas Slocombe
(British)

Les BlankLes Blank
(American)
Edward LachmanEdward Lachman
(American)
Leon ShamroyLeon Shamroy
(American)

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

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

Fred KoenekampFred Koenekamp
(American)