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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 acid rock band Big Brother and the Holding Company, and later as a solo ...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
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