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Famous Male Cinematographers

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List of famous male cinematographers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male cinematographers list contains the most prominent and top males known for being cinematographers. There are thousand of males 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 male aspiring to be a cinematographer then the people below should give you inspiration.

Examples of people on this list include Bill True and Reuben Steinberg.

While this isn't a list of all male cinematographers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male cinematographers?" and "Who are the best male cinematographers?"
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    • Birthplace: Tennessee, Knoxville, Great Smoky Mountains, United States of America, United States

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  • George Lucas
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