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List of famous female cinematographers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female cinematographers list contains the most prominent and top females known for being cinematographers. There are thousand of females working as cinematographers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic cinematographers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a cinematographer then the people below should give you inspiration.

Angeliki Aristomenopoulou and Michele Laurita are only the beginning of the people on this list.

While this isn't a list of all female cinematographers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female cinematographers?" and "Who are the best female cinematographers?"

Janis Lyn Joplin was an American singer-songwriter who first rose to fame in the late 1960s as the lead singer of the psychedelic-acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo artist with her own backing groups, The Kozmic Blues Band and The Full Tilt Boogie Band. Her first ...more

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Age: Died at 27 (1943-1970)

Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States of America

Profession: Songwriter, Singer

Credits: Three Kings, The Dreamers, Watchmen, Little White Lies

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#57 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#17 on The Best Rock Vocalists

#38 on The Best Singers of All Time

#15 on The Best Female Vocalists Ever

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Maya Deren, born Eleanora Derenkowskaia, was one of the most important American experimental filmmakers and entrepreneurial promoters of the avant-garde in the 1940s and 1950s. Deren was also a choreographer, dancer, film theorist, poet, lecturer, writer and photographer. The function of film, Deren ...more

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Age: Died at 44 (1917-1961)

Birthplace: Kiev, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic

Profession: Poet, Lecturer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer Choreographer, + more

Credits: Meshes of the Afternoon, At Land, Cinema16: American Short Films, In the Mirror of Maya Deren Maya Deren, + more

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#43 on The Best Female Directors

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Barbara Hammer is an American filmmaker in the genre of experimental films and a professor at the European Graduate School in Saas-Fee. Hammer is known for creating experimental films dealing with women's issues such as gender roles, lesbian relationships and coping with aging and family. ...more

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Age: 77

Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Professor, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer Film Editor, + more

Credits: Nitrate Kisses, A Horse Is Not A Metaphor, Sanctus, Vital Signs Generations, + more

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Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster is a French artist and an influential figure in international contemporary art. She is known for her great variety of work in video projection, photography, and spatial installations. She has worked in landscaping, design, and writing. "I always look for experimental ...more

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Age: 51

Birthplace: Strasbourg, France

Profession: Cinematographer, Costume Designer, Film Director

Credits: Stories on Human Rights, Belle comme le jour

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Helen Levitt was an American photographer. She was particularly noted for "street photography" around New York City, and has been called "the most celebrated and least known photographer of her time." ...more

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Age: Died at 96 (1913-2009)

Birthplace: Bensonhurst, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film Editor Film Director, + more

Credits: The Quiet One, An Affair of the Skin, In the Street

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#17 on The Best Lifestyle Photographers

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Agnès Varda is a French film director and professor at the European Graduate School. Her films, photographs, and art installations focus on documentary realism, feminist issues, and social commentary — with a distinct experimental style. ...more

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Age: 88

Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium

Profession: Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer Film Editor, + more

Credits: Last Tango in Paris, Cleo from 5 to 7, Vagabond, The Truth About Charlie The Gleaners and I, + more

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#6 on The Best Female Directors

#95 on The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

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Eleanor Coppola is an American documentary filmmaker, artist, and writer. She is the wife of director Francis Ford Coppola. She is most known for her 1991 documentary film Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse as well as other documentaries chronicling the films of her husband and children. ...more

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Age: 80

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Documentary Filmmaker, Cinematographer, Writer, Artist Film Director

Credits: Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmakers's Apocalypse, On the Set of CQ

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Toni English is a screenwriter, film director and producer. ...more

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Age: 55

Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film Editor Film Director

Credits: Young Felecia, In Deep, Boot Camp: Sex Survival Weekend, Bad Company Tied Up, + more

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