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Famous Female Cinematographers

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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?"


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    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: Woodstock, Monterey Pop, Festival Express, The Rolling Stones' Get Yer Ya Ya's Out, Keep On Rockin', + more
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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 SSR
    • 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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    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: age 76
    • 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 Gonzales-Foerster

    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: age 50
    • 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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    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: age 87
    • Birthplace: Brussels, Eurasia, 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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    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: age 79
    • 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: age 53
    • 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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    Mary McIlwain is an actress, screenwriter, film producer, director, editor and cinematographer.more

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    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film Editor, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Holiday Road, The Diamonds of Metro Valley
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    Gunvor Grundel Nelson is a cinematographer, film director and producer.more

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    • Age: age 84
    • Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
    • Profession: Film Producer, Cinematographer, Film Editor, Artist, Film Director
    • Credits: Natural Features, Trace Elements, Schmeerguntz, Kirsa Nicholina, Field Study #2, + more
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    Jessica Dimmock is a cinematographer and film producer.more

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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Cinematographer, Photojournalist
    • Credits: Without, Too Young to Wed
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    Hyeong-ju Kim is a cinematographer, film editor, and director.more

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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: South Korea
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film Editor, Film Director
    • Credits: The Basement Satellite
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    Liz Canner

    Elizabeth Canner is a film director, editor and cinematographer.more

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Cinematographer, Film Editor, Film Director
    • Credits: Orgasm Inc.
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    Akie Namiki is a film actress.more

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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Japan, Saitama
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Actor
    • Credits: United Red Army, Fit
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    Archana Phadke

    Archana Phadke is a cinematographer and an actor.more

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    • Profession: Cinematographer, Actor
    • Credits: Virgin Goat, Uski Baarish
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    Eriko Sonoda is a film producer, editor, art director, score composer, director, screenwriter, and cinematographer.more

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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Film Art Director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, + more
    • Credits: Garden/ing, KAGI, Space is the Place, Landscape, semi-surround
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    G. B. Jones is a Canadian artist, filmmaker, musician, and publisher of zines based in Toronto, Canada. Her art work has been featured at galleries around the world, and her films screened at numerous film festivals, both in Canada and abroad. Her most recent musical project is Opera Arcana.more

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    • Birthplace: Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
    • Profession: Publisher, Musician, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film Editor, + more
    • Credits: No Skin Off My Ass, The Yo-Yo Gang, The Lollipop Generation, Bruce and Pepper Wayne Gacy's Home Movies, Boy, + more
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    Jennifer Fox is an American film producer and director, as well as president of Zohe Film Productions, an independent film company based in New York City. She has produced and directed many documentaries which has earned her critical acclaim and awards, including the Grand Jury Prize award for her first ...more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Cinematographer, Film Director
    • Credits: Frontline, My Reincarnation, Love & Diane, Flying: Confessions of a Free Woman, Beirut: The Last Home Movie
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    Kate Brooks

    Kate Brooks is a television producer.more

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer
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    Joanna Priestley is an award-winning, independent animator and teacher. She currently resides in Portland, Oregon. Animation Magazine says that "The exquisite animated world of Joanna Priestley has been one of the best kept secrets of the toon community. Whether she’s exploring our common fears and ...more

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    • Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Art Director, Production Designer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, + more
    • Credits: She-Bop, All My Relations, Utopia Parkway, The Dancing Bulrushes, Voices, + more
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