Ten of the Best Cinematographers of All Time

While the director and stars of a film are typically the names most people call to mind when they think of it, the cinematographer is one of the most important members of the crew, heading the choices of camera, lenses, filters, lighting etc. to help achieve the vision of the director. Here are 10 of the best cinematographers of all time. 

I'm of the mind that movies are an almost bottomless trove of education and inspiration for creating imagery, and as a photographer, perhaps no aspect of a film is more instructive and exciting to me than the cinematography. Coming to you from CineFix, this list details 10 incredible cinematographers all across the history of the film. One of my personal favorites is the work of Robert Richardson with Oliver Stone on "JFK," which won Richardson the 1992 Oscar for Cinematography. It's a masterful blend of actual and created historical footage with modern techniques all amazingly filmed that suit the dark and unsettling nature of the film. Combined with Stone's direction, John Williams' music, and some stellar performances, it's an impressive ride. Check out the clip below (beware that it contains some graphic violence).

Do you have any favorite cinematographers or film examples? Share them in the comments! 

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Elan Govan's picture

Award winning photographer Amit Madheshiya began chronicling India's famous travelling cinemas in 2008. Here's a selection of his pictures and an account of the project, in his words. http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-41358425

Del Robertson's picture

Roger Deakins springs to mind. He always seems to be one step ahead of the game. Blade Runner 2049 looks astonishing.

manoj manchu's picture

Cinematographer plays a major role in a movie who captures the best of a scene all the time always. On the other hand, cinematographer (direction of photography) must be the finest piece of work for any film which highlights scenes. I have observed in a lot of movies while watching on beetv app (https://beetvapp.com/)