My Best Cinematographers

by bxrubp | created - 03 Sep 2013 | updated - 27 Oct 2013 | Public

1. Gianni Di Venanzo

Cinematographer |

Gianni Di Venanzo was born on December 18, 1920 in Teramo, Abruzzo, Italy as Feliciano Di Venanzo. He is known for his work on (1963), Juliet of the Spirits (1965) and Le Amiche (1955). He died on February 3, 1966 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

Best Films: * Otto e mezzo [8½] (1963) * L'eclisse (1962) * Giulietta degli spiriti (1965)

2. Sven Nykvist

Cinematographer | The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Sven Nykvist was considered by many in the industry to be one of the world's greatest cinematographers. During his long career that spanned almost half a century, Nyvist perfected the art of cinematography to its most simple attributes, and he helped give the films he had worked on the simplest and...

Best Films: * Offret (1986) * Persona (1966) * Viskningar och rop [Cries and Whispers] (1972)

3. Otello Martelli

Cinematographer | La dolce vita

Member of AIC (Association of Italian Cinematographers).

Best Films: * La dolce vita (1960) * Le notti di Cabiria (1957) * I Vitelloni (1953)

4. Gunnar Fischer

Cinematographer | Smultronstället

Gunnar Fischer was born on November 18, 1910 in Ljungby, Sweden as Erling Gunnar Fischer. He is known for his work on Wild Strawberries (1957), The Seventh Seal (1957) and Summer with Monika (1953). He was married to Gull Söderblom. He died on June 11, 2011 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden.

Best Films: * Det sjunde inseglet [The Seven Seal] (1957) * Smultronstället [Wild Strawberries] (1957) * Sommaren med Monika [Summer with Monika] (1953)

5. Tonino Delli Colli

Cinematographer | Der Name der Rose

Tonino Delli Colli was born on November 20, 1922 in Rome, Lazio, Italy as Antonio Delli Colli. He is known for his work on The Name of the Rose (1986), Life Is Beautiful (1997) and Once Upon a Time in America (1984). He was married to Alexandra Delli Colli. He died on August 16, 2005 in Rome.

Best Films: * Accattone (1961) * Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo (1966) * Once Upon a Time in America (1984)

6. Yoshio Miyajima

Cinematographer | Seppuku

Best Films: * Seppuku [Harakiri] (1962) * Ningen no joken III [The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer] (1961) * Ningen no joken I [The Human Condition I: No Greater Love] (1959)

7. Gordon Willis

Cinematographer | Zelig

Gordon Willis was an American cinematographer. He's best known for his work on Francis Ford Coppola's Godfather films, as well asWoody Allen's Annie Hall (1977) and Manhattan (1979).

His work on the first two Godfather films turned out to be groundbreaking in its use of low-light photography and ...

Best Films: * The Godfather (1972) * The Godfather: Part II (1974) * Annie Hall (1977)

8. Kazuo Miyagawa

Cinematographer | Yôjinbô

Kazuo Miyagawa was born on February 25, 1908 in Kyoto, Japan. He is known for his work on Yojimbo (1961), Rashomon (1950) and Brother (1960). He died on August 7, 1999 in Tokyo, Japan.

Best Films: * Rashômon (1950) * Ugetsu monogatari (1953) * Sansho Dayu [Sansho the Bailiff] (1954)

9. Giuseppe Rotunno

Cinematographer | All That Jazz

Giuseppe Rotunno was born on March 19, 1923 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is known for his work on All That Jazz (1979), The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988) and Amarcord (1973).

Best Films: * Rocco e i suoi fratelli (1960) * Roma (1972) * Il gattopardo (1963)

10. John Alcott

Cinematographer | Barry Lyndon

John Alcott, the Oscar-winning cinematographer best known for his collaboration with director Stanley Kubrick, was born in 1931, in Isleworth, England, the son of movie executive Arthur Alcott, who would become the production controller at Gainsborough Studios during the 1940s.

Alcott began his film...

Best Films: * A Clockwork Orange (1971) * Barry Lyndon (1975) * The Shining (1980)

11. Robert Burks

Cinematographer | Vertigo

The favorite cinematographer of legendary director Alfred Hitchcock began working at Warner Bros. when he was 19 years old. He climbed his way up from camera operator to assistant camera man and eventually took over the Special Photographic Effects unit at Warners on Stage 5 in 1944. He became an ...

Best Films: * Vertigo (1958) * North by Northwest (1959) * Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds (1963)

12. Raoul Coutard

Director | Hoa-Binh

Raoul Coutard was born on September 16, 1924 in Paris, France. He was a cinematographer and director, known for Hoa Binh (1970), Contempt (1963) and Pierrot le Fou (1965). He died on November 8, 2016 in Labenne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France.

Best Films: * Le mépris (1963) * À bout de souffle (1960) * Une femme est une femme (1961)

13. Gabriel Figueroa

Cinematographer | La perla

Gabriel Figueroa was born on April 24, 1907 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico as Gabriel Figueroa Mateos. He is known for his work on The Pearl (1947), The Young and the Damned (1950) and María Candelaria (Xochimilco) (1944). He died on April 27, 1997 in Mexico City.

Best Films: * Los olvidados (1950) * Él (1952) * Nazarín (1959)

14. Gilbert Taylor

Cinematographer | Star Wars

Gilbert Taylor was born on April 21, 1914 in Bushey Heath, Hertfordshire, England. He is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), Flash Gordon (1980) and The Omen (1976). He was married to Dee Taylor. He died on August 23, 2013 in Newport, Isle of Wight, England.

Best Films: * Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) * Repulsion (1965) * Cul-de-sac (1966)

15. Vittorio Storaro

Cinematographer | Apocalypse Now

Vittorio Storaro, the award-winning cinematographer who won Oscars for "Apocalypse Now (1979)", "Reds (1981)" and "The Last Emperor (1987)". He was born on June 24, 1940 in Rome, where his father was a projectionist at the Lux Film Studio. At the age of 11, he began studying photography at a ...

Best Films: * Apocalypse Now (1979) * Il conformista (1970) * Ultimo tango a Parigi (1972)

16. Rodrigo Prieto

Cinematographer | Brokeback Mountain

Rodrigo Prieto is a Mexican cinematographer. He is best known for Brokeback Mountain (2005), Babel (2006), Argo (2012), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), and Silence (2016).

He also worked with Alejandro González Iñárritu on the acclaimed Amores perros (2000), 21 Grams (2003), and Biutiful (2010).


Best Films: * Amores perros (2000) * Babel (2006) * 21 Grams (2003)

Best Films: * Taxi driver (1976) * Raging Bull (1980) * The Fugitive (1993)

18. Roland Totheroh

Cinematographer | City Lights

Rollie Totheroh worked as cinematographer on Charles Chaplin's movies for over 30 years, right from the earliest shorts in 1915 to Monsieur Verdoux (1947), including all of Chaplin's masterpieces: The Kid (1921), The Gold Rush (1925), City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936) and The Great Dictator (...

Best Films: * City Lights (1931) * Monsieur Verdoux (1947) * The Great Dictator (1940)

19. Lucien Ballard

Cinematographer | The Wild Bunch

Lucien Ballard, the cinematographer best known for his collaboration with director Sam Peckinpah on such films as The Wild Bunch (1969), was born in Miami, Oklahoma. Ballard became a wanderer after dropping out of the Ivy League University of Pennsylvania and the University of Oklahoma, journeying ...

Best Films: * The Wild Bunch (1969) * The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970) * The Killing (1956)

20. Carlo Di Palma

Cinematographer | Mighty Aphrodite

Carlo Di Palma was born on April 17, 1925 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is known for his work on Mighty Aphrodite (1995), Blow-Up (1966) and Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993). He was married to Adriana Chiesa Di Palma. He died on July 9, 2004 in Rome.

Best Films: * Bullets over Broadway (1994) * Il deserto rosso (1964) * Hannah and her Sisters (1986)

21. Timo Salminen

Cinematographer | Mies vailla menneisyyttä

Timo Salminen was born on July 11, 1952 in Helsinki, Finland. He is known for his work on The Man Without a Past (2002), Juha (1999) and Le Havre (2011).

Best Films: * Mies vailla menneisyyttä [The Man Without a Past] (2002) * Ariel (1988) * Le Havre (2011)

22. Javier Aguirresarobe

Cinematographer | Thor: Ragnarok

Javier Aguirresarobe was born on October 10, 1948 in Éibar, Guipúzcoa, País Vasco, Spain. He is known for his work on Thor: Ragnarok (2017), The Road (2009) and The Others (2001).

Best Films: * El sol del membrillo (1992) * Mar adentro (2004) * Hable con ella (2002)

23. Roger Deakins

Cinematographer | Blade Runner 2049

Roger Deakins is an English cinematographer best known for his work on the films of the Coen brothers, Sam Mendes, and Denis Villeneuve.

He is a member of both the American and British Society of Cinematographers.

Deakins' first feature film in America as cinematographer was Mountains of the Moon (...

Best Films: * Fargo (1996) * The Big Lebowski (1998) * Barton Fink (1991)

24. Robert Richardson

Cinematographer | Inglourious Basterds

Robert Richardson an American cinematographer. He is best known for work with Quentin Tarantino, Martin Scorsese, and Oliver Stone.

He has won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography three times, for his work on JFK (1991), The Aviator (2004), and Hugo (2011). He is one of three living persons who...

Best Films: * Casino (1995) * J.F.K. (1991) * Platoon (1986)

25. Tom Stern

Cinematographer | Changeling

Tom Stern was born on December 16, 1946 in Palo Alto, California, USA as Thomas Evans Stern. He is known for his work on Changeling (2008), Flags of Our Fathers (2006) and Letters from Iwo Jima (2006). He was previously married to Françoise Combadière.

Best Films: * Million Dollar Baby (2004) * Letters From Iwo Jima (2006) * Flags of Our Fathers (2006)

26. Charles Lang

Cinematographer | Sabrina

One of the outstanding cinematographers of Hollywood's Golden Age, Lang spent most of his career at Paramount (1929-1952), where he contributed to the studio's well-earned reputation for visual style. Lang was educated at Lincoln High School in L.A., then proceeded to the University of Southern ...

Best Films: * Some Like It Hot (1959) * One-Eyed Jacks (1961) * The Big Heat (1953)

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