Film Cinematographers 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.

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George Lucas is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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 ...more

Christopher Nolan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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 ...more

Andy Warhol is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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 ...more

Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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 ...more

David Lynch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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 ...more

Geraldo Rivera is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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 ...more

Ingmar Bergman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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 ...more

Bam Margera is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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 ...more

Alan Arkin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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 ...more

Jean-Luc Godard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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 ...more

Lee de Forest is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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 ...more

Alfonso Cuarón is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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 ...more

Josh Dolgin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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 ...more

Lars von Trier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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 ...more

Antero Alli is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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 ...more

John Waters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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 ...more

Gregg Araki is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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 ...more

Andy Milligan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
Andy Milligan was an American playwright, screenwriter, cinematographer, actor, film editor, producer, and director, whose work includes 27 films made between 1965 and 1988.

Ai Weiwei is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
Ai Weiwei is a film producer and film director.

David Watkin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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 ...more

Mark Gatiss is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
Mark Gatiss is an English actor, comedian, screenwriter and novelist. He is a member of the comedy team The League of Gentlemen alongside Reece Shearsmith, Steve Pemberton and co-writer Jeremy ...more

David Cronenberg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
David Paul Cronenberg, CC OOnt FRSC is a Canadian filmmaker, screenwriter, and actor. He is one of the principal originators of what is commonly known as the body horror or venereal horror ...more

Georges Méliès is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
Marie-Georges-Jean Méliès, known as Georges Méliès, was a French illusionist and filmmaker famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the ...more

Gaspar Noé is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
Gaspar Noé is an Argentine film director and screenwriter. He is the son of Argentinian painter, writer and intellectual Luis Felipe Noé. Noé graduated from Louis ...more

Barry Sonnenfeld is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
Barry Sonnenfeld is an American filmmaker and television director. He worked as cinematographer for the Coen brothers, then later he directed films such as The Addams Family and its sequel, ...more

Apichatpong Weerasethakul is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
Apichatpong "Joe" Weerasethakul is a Thai independent film director, screenwriter, and film producer. His feature films include Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, winner of ...more

Claude Jutra is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
Claude Jutra was a Canadian actor, film director and writer. The Prix Jutra, and the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television's Claude Jutra Award, are named in his honor because of his ...more

Alex Sander is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
Alex Sander is an actor, film score composer, casting director, film editor, television editor, film director, screenwriter and cinematographer.

Allan Kroeker is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
Allan Kroeker is a Canadian film and television director, cinematographer, screenwriter, film editor and film producer. He has the distinction of directing the series finales for Star Trek: Deep ...more

Dan Harmon is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
Dan Harmon is an American writer and performer. Harmon is best known for creating and producing NBC comedy series Community, co-creating Adult Swim animated television series Rick and Morty, and ...more

Barbara Hammer is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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 ...more

George A. Romero is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
George Andrew Romero is an American-Canadian film director, film producer, screenwriter and editor, best known for his series of gruesome and satirical horror films about a hypothetical zombie ...more

Elliott Erwitt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
Elliott Erwitt is an advertising and documentary photographer known for his black and white candid shots of ironic and absurd situations within everyday settings— a master of Henri ...more

Coen Brothers is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
Joel David Coen and Ethan Jesse Coen, known informally as the Coen brothers, are American film directors, screenwriters, producers, and editors. Their films include Blood Simple, Raising ...more

John F. Seitz is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
John Francis Seitz, A.S.C. was an American cinematographer and inventor. He was nominated for seven Academy Awards.

A.J. Carter is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
A. J. Carter is an Australian film director, screenwriter and producer. In his recent emerging career as a film director, his debut narrative short film Ronan's Escape awarded him and his ...more

Larry Jordan is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
Larry Jordan is an independent filmmaker who has been working in the Bay Area in California since 1955, and making films since 1952. He has produced some 40 experimental and animation films, and ...more

Jesús Franco is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
Jesús "Jess" Franco was a Spanish film director, writer, composer, cinematographer and actor. Franco started out in 1954 as an assistant director in the Spanish film industry, ...more

Bob Burnquist is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
Roberto Dean Silva Burnquist, popularly known as Bob Burnquist, is a Brazilian professional skateboarder. In 2010 he became the first skateboarder to land a "fakie 900", making ...more

John Ott is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
Dr. John Nash Ott was a photographer and cinematographer who developed many modern photographic practices, including time-lapse photography and full-spectrum lighting.

Manoel de Oliveira is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
Manoel Cândido Pinto de Oliveira GCSE, GCIH was a Portuguese film director and screenwriter born in Cedofeita, Porto. He first began making films in 1927, when he and some friends ...more

Calpernia Addams is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
Calpernia Sarah Addams is an American author, actress, musician and spokesperson and activist for transgender rights and issues.

Jared Hess is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
Jared Hess is a film writer, director and producer.

C.M. Pennington-Richards is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
Cyril Montague Pennington Richards was a British film director and cinematographer.

Helen Levitt is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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

Bimal Roy is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
Bimal Roy was an Indian film director. He is particularly noted for his realistic and socialistic films like Do Bigha Zamin, Parineeta, Biraj Bahu, Madhumati, Sujata, and Bandini, making him an ...more

David DeCoteau is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
David DeCoteau is an American and Canadian film director and producer.

Atom Egoyan is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
Atom Egoyan, OC is a Canadian stage director and film director. Egoyan made his career breakthrough with Exotica, a film set primarily in and around the fictional Exotica strip club. Egoyan was ...more

Chris Marker is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
Chris Marker was a French writer, photographer, documentary film director, multimedia artist and film essayist. His best known films are La Jetée, A Grin Without a Cat, Sans Soleil and ...more

George Stevens is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
George Stevens was an American film director, producer, screenwriter and cinematographer. Among his most notable films are A Place in the Sun, Shane, Giant, and The Diary of Anne Frank.