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List of famous cinematographers, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Renowned like those found below have helped make a great impact on the world, through a combination of hard work and dedication to their profession. This list includes the most prominent cinematographers, living and dead, from every country in the world. Interesting information is included in this list of notable cinematographers, such as where these historic cinematographers were born and what their nationality is. If your dream job is to be a popular cinematographer then you should look to these people for inspiration.

This is a list that features people like Janis Joplin and Quentin Tarantino.

If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous cinematographers?" and "Who are the best cinematographers?" then you're in the right place. (2416 items)
George Lucas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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George Walton Lucas, Jr. is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and entrepreneur. He founded Lucasfilm and led the company as chairman and chief executive before selling it to The Walt Disney Company on October 30, 2012. He is best known as the creator of the space opera franchise ...more

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Age: 72

Birthplace: Modesto, California, United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Screenwriter Cinematographer, + more

Credits: Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope

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#60 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#27 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked List

#6 on The Most Overrated Directors of All Time

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Christopher Nolan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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Christopher Jonathan James Nolan is a British American film director, screenwriter, and producer. He has created several of the most critically and commercially successful films of the early 21st century. His nine films have grossed over $4.2 billion worldwide and garnered a total of 26 Oscar ...more

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Age: 46

Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London England, + more

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

Credits: The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Inception, Interstellar

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#30 on The Best Directors Never Nominated for Oscars

#13 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#9 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked List

#50 on The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

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Andy Warhol is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol ...more

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Age: Died at 59 (1928-1987)

Birthplace: Pittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania

Profession: Sculptor, Illustrator, Painter, Film Producer Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Chelsea Girls, Empire, Mario Banana I, Blow Job

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#17 on The Most Influential People in Fashion

#14 on The Most Psychedelic People Ever

#50 on The Hottest Silver Foxes

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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous 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: Three Kings, The Dreamers, Watchmen, Little White Lies

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#52 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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David Lynch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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David Keith Lynch is an American film director, television director, visual artist, musician, actor, and author. Known for his surrealist films, he has developed a unique cinematic style. The surreal and, in many cases, violent elements contained within his films have been known to "disturb, offend ...more

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Age: 71

Birthplace: Missoula, Montana, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer, Musician Cinematographer, + more

Credits: Mulholland Drive, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet

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#19 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#60 on Celebrities Who Should Run for President

#10 on The Greatest Living Directors, Ranked List

#9 on The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

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Geraldo Rivera is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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Gerald Michael Riviera, better known as Geraldo Rivera, is an American attorney, news spinner, author, and talk show host. Rivera hosts the newsmagazine program Geraldo at Large and appears regularly on Fox News Channel. He is also well known from his history as a reporter and TV personality, and as ...more

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Age: 73

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

Profession: Talk show host, Journalist, Police officer, Sailor Cinematographer, + more

Credits: Geraldo at Large, The O'Reilly Factor, Grumpier Old Men, Unforgotten: Twenty-Five Years After Willowbrook

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#2 on The Most Trustworthy Newscasters on TV Today

#2 on Favorite Good Morning America Hosts

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Ingmar Bergman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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Ernst Ingmar Bergman was a Swedish director, writer and producer who worked in film, television, and theatre. He is recognized as one of the most accomplished and influential auteurs of all time and is most famous for films such as The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Persona, Cries and Whispers, ...more

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Age: Died at 89 (1918-2007)

Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden

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

Credits: The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries, Persona, Fanny and Alexander

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#9 on The Greatest Directors in Movie History

#6 on The Greatest Auteurs in Film History

#22 on The Greatest Cinematographers in Movie History

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Bam Margera is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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Brandon Cole "Bam" Margera is an American professional skateboarder, actor, musician, and stunt performer. He came to prominence after appearing in MTV's Jackass crew. He has since appeared in MTV's Viva La Bam and Bam's Unholy Union, all three Jackass movies, and Haggard and Minghags, both of which ...more

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Age: 36

Birthplace: USA, West Chester, Pennsylvania

Profession: Stunt Performer, Television producer, Cinematographer, Film Producer Actor, + more

Credits: Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa, Grind, Jackass, Viva La Bam 411VM Skateboarding: Issue 52, + more

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#47 on The Best Ever Howard Stern Interviews

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