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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
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Christopher Nolan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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Andy Warhol is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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Janis Joplin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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David Lynch is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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Geraldo Rivera is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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Ingmar Bergman is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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Bam Margera is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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Alan Arkin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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Jean-Luc Godard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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Lee de Forest is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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Alfonso Cuarón is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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Josh Dolgin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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Lars von Trier is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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Antero Alli is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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John Waters is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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Gregg Araki is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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Andy Milligan is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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Ai Weiwei is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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David Watkin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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Mark Gatiss is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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David Cronenberg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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Georges Méli&egra... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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Gaspar Noé is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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Barry Sonnenfeld is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Cinematographers
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