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 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 ever large scale public performance was at the Monterey Pop Festival; this led her to becoming very popular and one of the major attractions at the Woodstock festival and the Festival Express train tour. ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 27 (1943-1970)
Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States of America
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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 believed, like most art forms, was to create an experience; each one of her films would evoke new conclusions, lending her focus to be dynamic and always-evolving. She combined her interests in dance, Haitian Vodou and subjective psychology in a series of surreal, perceptual, black and white short films. Using editing, multiple exposures, jump cutting, superimposition, slow-motion and other ...more on Wikipedia
Age: Dec. at 44 (1917-1961)
Birthplace: Eastern Europe, Rus', Europe, Ukraine, Kiev, + 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 on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of Americasee more on Barbara Hammer
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 processes. I like the fact that at the beginning I don't know how to do things and then, slowly, I start learning. Often exhibitions don't give me this learning possibility anymore." ...more on Wikipedia
Birthplace: Grenoble, Europe, Metropolitan France, France, Rhône-Alpes, + more