List of Famous Cinematographers People

List of Famous Cinematographers

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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)

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    George Lucas
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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 Star ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Modesto, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, + more
    • Credits: Star Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, Return of the Jedi, Men in Black, + more
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    Christopher Nolan
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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: age 45
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Editor, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film Director
    • Credits: The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, Batman Begins, Inception, Man of Steel, + more
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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 became ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1928-1987)
    • Birthplace: Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Area code 412, Contiguous United States, United States of America, + more
    • Profession: Sculptor, Illustrator, Painter, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Tootsie, Saturday Night Live, Blood for Dracula, Andy Warhol's Frankenstein, Chelsea Girls, + more
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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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    David Lynch
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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 or ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Missoula, Montana, USA
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Television director, Television producer, Musician, Cinematographer, + more
    • Credits: Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive, Eraserhead, The Elephant Man, + more
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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 the ...more

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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Talk show host, Journalist, Police officer, Sailor, Cinematographer, + more
    • Credits: Cop Land, Primary Colors, The Bonfire of the Vanities, Grumpier Old Men, All About Steve, + more
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    Ingmar Bergman
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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, and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 89 (1918-2007)
    • Birthplace: Uppsala, Sweden, Eurasia
    • Profession: Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Seventh Seal, Persona, Fanny and Alexander, Wild Strawberries, Cries and Whispers, + more
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    Bam Margera
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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 he ...more

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    • Age: 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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    Alan Arkin
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    Alan Wolf Arkin is an American actor, director, comedian, musician and singer. He is known for starring in such films as Wait Until Dark, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, Catch-22, The In-Laws, Edward Scissorhands, Glengarry Glen Ross, Thirteen ...more

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    • Age: age 81
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Musician, Screenwriter, Actor, Singer, + more
    • Credits: Edward Scissorhands, Little Miss Sunshine, Argo, The Rocketeer, Glengarry Glen Ross, + more
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    Jean-Luc Godard
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    Jean-Luc Godard is a French-Swiss film director, screenwriter and film critic. He is often identified with the 1960s French film movement La Nouvelle Vague, or "New Wave". Like his New Wave contemporaries, Godard criticized mainstream French cinema's "Tradition of Quality", which "emphasized craft over ...more

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    • Age: age 85
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Television director, Film critic, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Breathless, Pierrot le Fou, Weekend, Band of Outsiders, Vivre Sa Vie, + more
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    Lee de Forest
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    Lee de Forest was an American inventor with over 180 patents to his credit. He named himself the "Father of Radio," and famously said, "I discovered an Invisible Empire of the Air, intangible, yet solid as granite." In 1906 de Forest invented the Audion, the first triode vacuum tube and the first ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1873-1961)
    • Birthplace: Council Bluffs, Iowa, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Cinematographer, Inventor, Film Director, Electrical engineer, + more
    • Credits: My Old Kentucky Home, A Musical Monologue, Ben Bernie and All the Lads, Love's Old Sweet Song, A Few Moments with Eddie Cantor, + more
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    Alfonso Cuarón Orozco is a Mexican film director, screenwriter, producer and editor best known for his dramas A Little Princess and Y Tu Mamá También, the fantasy film Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and science fiction thrillers Children of Men and Gravity. Cuarón is the first Mexican ...more

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    • Age: age 54
    • Birthplace: Mexico City, Greater Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America, Americas
    • Profession: Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film Editor, + more
    • Credits: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Pan's Labyrinth, Gravity, Children of Men, Quantum of Solace, + more
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    Josh Dolgin
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    Josh Dolgin, better known by his stage name Socalled, is a Canadian rapper and record producer, known for his eclectic mix of hip hop, klezmer, and other styles such as drum & bass and folk music. A pianist and accordion player, he has taught the latter at Klezfest London, where he has also run ...more

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    • Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada
    • Profession: Record producer, Journalist, Pianist, Musician, Cinematographer, + more
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    Lars von Trier is a Danish film director and screenwriter. He is closely associated with the Dogme 95 collective – an avant-garde filmmaking movement – although his own films have taken a variety of approaches. Known as a provocateur, his work has frequently divided critical opinion. Nevertheless, Trier ...more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: Denmark, Eurasia, Kongens Lyngby
    • Profession: Television director, Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, + more
    • Credits: Dogville, Dancer in the Dark, Antichrist, Melancholia, Breaking the Waves, + more
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    Antero Alli was born 11 November 1952, in Finland. Alli currently resides in Berkeley, California, where he conducts workshops and stages theatrical productions, some of which have been released as films. Alli is also a professional astrologer and has authored books on experimental theatre, astrology ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Finland
    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film Editor, Actor, + more
    • Credits: The Drivetime, Hysteria, The Book of Jane
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    John Waters
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    John Samuel Waters Jr. is an American film director, screenwriter, actor, stand-up comedian, journalist, visual artist, and art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films. Waters's 1970s and early '80s films feature his regular troupe of actors known as the ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: Baltimore, USA, Maryland
    • Profession: Journalist, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film Editor, + more
    • Credits: Hairspray, Hairspray, Cry-Baby, Pink Flamingos, Serial Mom, + more
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    Gregg Araki
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    Gregg Araki is an American independent filmmaker and film director involved heavily with New Queer Cinema. His film Kaboom was the first ever winner of the Cannes Film Festival Queer Palm awarded in 2010.more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Producer, Screenwriter, Cinematographer, Film Editor, Film Director
    • Credits: Mysterious Skin, Nowhere, The Doom Generation, Smiley Face, White Bird in a Blizzard, + more
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    Andy Milligan was an American playwright, screenwriter, cinematographer, actor, film editor, producer, and director, whose work includes 27 films made between 1965 and 1988.more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1929-1991)
    • Birthplace: Saint Paul, United States of America, Ramsey County, United States, with Territories, + more
    • Profession: Film Art Director, Television director, Businessperson, Soldier, Film Producer, + more
    • Credits: The Rats Are Coming! The Werewolves Are Here!, Guru, the Mad Monk, The Body Beneath, Bloodthirsty Butchers, + more
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    Ai Weiwei is a film producer and film director.more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Beijing, China
    • Profession: Film Producer, Cinematographer, Designer, Film Editor, Contemporary artist, + more
    • Credits: So Sorry, Ordos 100, Ping'an Yueqing, Fairytale, Chang'an Boulevard, + more
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    David Watkin
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    David Watkin BSC was a British cinematographer, an innovator who was among the first directors of photography to experiment heavily with the usage of bounce light as a soft light source. He worked with such film directors as Richard Lester, Peter Brook, Tony Richardson, Mike Nichols, Ken Russell, Franco ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1925-2008)
    • Birthplace: Margate, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Cinematographer
    • Credits: Night Falls on Manhattan
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