Best Cinematography Oscar Winners Based Off of Precursor Awards

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1. Charles Rosher

Cinematographer | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Among the foremost technical innovators in his field, a charter member of the American Society of Cinematographers, English-born Charles Rosher had initially aimed for a diplomatic career. Fortunately, he chose a different career option and attended lessons in photography at the London Polytechnic ...

1929- Sunrise, 1947- The Yearling (Color)

2. Karl Struss

Cinematographer | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Oscar-winning cinematographer Karl Struss was born on November 30, 1886, in New York City. He became a professional photographer after studying photography with Clarence H. White and became part of the group associated with the great photographer Alfred Stieglitz. His photographs, which he ...

1929- Sunrise, 1932- Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 1934- The Sign of the Cross

3. Ernest Palmer

Cinematographer | Blood and Sand

Pioneer cinematographer, active from early silent days. Prolific work for Fox (and, later, 20th Century Fox), with a lengthy career from 1925 to 1950. Co-recipient (with Ray Rennahan)of an Oscar for Best Cinematography for Blood and Sand (1941). Retired after 1960.

1930- Street Angel, 1942- Blood and Sand (Color)

4. Arthur Edeson

Cinematographer | Casablanca

Arthur Edeson is an American cinematographer who was a pioneer of his craft. His career spanned four decades and encompassed many films now regarded as classics.

Born in New York in 1891, Edeson first worked as a still photographer. In 1911 he entered the movie business at Eclair Studios, a ...

1930-2- All Quiet on the Western Front, 1944- Casablanca (Black and White)

5. Floyd Crosby

Cinematographer | High Noon

Floyd Delafield Crosby was born in 1899 to Fredrick Van Schoonhoven Crosby (1860-1920) and Julia Floyd Delafield (1874-1952). Floyd had one sibling, Katherine Van Rensselaer (Gregory). Floyd married Aliph Van Cortland Whitehead in 1940 and they had two children, Floyd Delafield Crosby (Ethan) in ...

1931- Tabu: A Story of the South Seas

6. Victor Milner

Cinematographer | Reap the Wild Wind

Pioneering cinematographer Victor Milner acquired his fascination with the celluloid media during the days of the nickelodeon. After working as a lab assistant for a film equipment manufacturer, he joined Pathe Weekly News in the capacity of projectionist and newsreel cameraman. Among other events,...

1935- Cleopatra, 1937- The General Died at Dawn

7. Gregg Toland

Cinematographer | Citizen Kane

Born in Illinois in 1904, the only child of Jennie and Frank Toland, Gregg and his mother moved to California several years after his parents divorced in 1910. Through Jennie's work as a housekeeper for several people in the movie business, Gregg may had gotten a $12-a-week job at age 15 as an ...

1936- Les Miserables, 1942- Citizen Kane (Black and White)

8. Karl Freund

Cinematographer | Key Largo

Karl Freund, an innovative director of photography responsible for development of the three-camera system used to shoot television situation comedies, was born on January 16, 1890, in the Bohemian city of Koeniginhof, then part of the Austria-Hungarian Empire (now known as Dvur Kralove in the Czech...

1938- The Good Earth, 1942- Blossoms in the Dust (Color)

9. Joseph Walker

Cinematographer | His Girl Friday

Frank Capra's favourite cinematographer began his working life as an electrical engineer who collaborated with Lee De Forest on building the first wireless transmitter. However, it was his interest in moving picture photography which led him to work in film laboratories where his numerous ...

1939- You Can't Take It with You

10. Bert Glennon

Cinematographer | Stagecoach

While attending Stanford University in 1912, Bert Glennon was hired as an assistant cameraman, and, upon graduation, went into the film business full-time. Becoming a director of photography in 1916, Glennon became one of the industry's most respected craftsmen and worked often for such ...

1940- Stagecoach (Black and White)

11. Ernest Haller

Cinematographer | Gone with the Wind

Distinguished American cinematographer Ernest Haller started in the industry in 1914 as an actor with Biograph after leaving his first job as a bank clerk. Within one year he discovered his true calling: being on the other side of the camera. By 1920, he had become a full director of photography ...

1940- Gone with the Wind (Color), 1946- Mildred Pierce (Black and White)

12. Ray Rennahan

Gone with the Wind

Ray Rennahan started working behind movie cameras from 1917. Early on, he had the foresight to recognise the potential for dramatically enhancing motion pictures by the application of colour cinematography. During the 1920's, he was regarded as a leading innovator in the development of the ...

1940- Gone with the Wind (Color), 1942- Blood and Sand (Color)

13. George Barnes

Cinematographer | Rebecca

Veteran cinematographer George S. Barnes had a well-earned reputation for reliability and a knack for combining artistry with economic efficiency. As a result, he was seldom out of work.

Having started as a still photographer for Thomas H. Ince in 1918, Barnes quickly rose through the ranks to ...

1941- Rebecca (Black and White)

14. Georges Périnal

Camera_department | The Thief of Bagdad

Active in French films from 1913. In the 20's and early 30's, enjoyed a successful collaboration with directors 'Jean Gremillon' and René Clair. After 1933, spent most of his time in England with Alexander Korda's London Films at Denham Studios. First major international success with The Private ...

1941- The Thief of Bagdad (Color)

15. W. Howard Greene

Camera_department | The Adventures of Robin Hood

W. Howard Greene, a pioneer in color cinematography, was nominated for an Oscar seven times, including five straight years from 1940 to 1944. All of his nominations were for his work in color, in the days when color and black and white cinematography were different categories at the Academy Awards.

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1942- Blossoms in the Dust (Color)

16. Stanley Cortez

Cinematographer | The Night of the Hunter

Stanley Cortez was born Samuel Krantz in New York City, New York, the son of Sarah (Lefkowitz) and Moses/Morris Krantz, Austrian Jewish immigrants. His famous actor brother, born Jacob Krantz, changed his name to Ricardo Cortez in order to acquire a more suitably romantic Hollywood image. Stanley ...

1943- The Magnificent Ambersons (Black and White)

17. Rudolph Maté

Cinematographer | Gilda

One of the most respected cinematographers in the industry, Polish-born Rudolph Mate entered the film business after his graduation from the University of Budapest. He worked in Hungary as an assistant cameraman for Alexander Korda and later worked throughout Europe with noted cameraman Karl Freund...

1943- The Pride of the Yankees (Black and White)

18. Leon Shamroy

Cinematographer | Cleopatra

Leon Shamroy, born Leon Shamroyevsky, was an American film cinematographer. He is best known for The Black Swan (1942),Wilson (1944), Leave Her to Heaven (1945), David and Bathsheba (1951), The Robe (1953), Cleopatra (1963), The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965) and Planet of the Apes (1968).

He and ...

1943- The Black Swan (Color), 1946- Leave Her to Heaven (Color)

19. Edward Cronjager

Cinematographer | Sun Valley Serenade

Member of the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC).

1944- Heaven Can Wait (Color)

20. John F. Seitz

Cinematographer | Double Indemnity

Distinguished veteran cinematographer John F. Seitz had eighteen patents for various photographic processes to his name. These included illuminating devices, processes for making dissolves and the matte shot, which he perfected during filming of Rex Ingram's Trifling Women (1922). Seitz started ...

1945- Double Indemnity (Black and White), 1951- Sunset Blvd. (Black and White)

21. George J. Folsey

Cinematographer | Forbidden Planet

Pioneer cinematographer George Folsey started out in 1914 as an errand boy with the Lasky Feature Play Company in New York. His introduction to camerawork came, when he was asked by cinematographer H. Lyman Broening to assist with post-production (tracking dissolve and fades for intercutting). By ...

1945- Meet Me in St. Louis (Color)

22. Leonard Smith

Cinematographer | The Yearling

President American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) 1943-1947.

1947- The Yearling (Color)

23. Arthur E. Arling

Cinematographer | The Yearling

Arthur E. Arling was born on September 19, 1906 in Missouri, USA as Arthur Edward Arling. He is known for his work on The Yearling (1946), I'll Cry Tomorrow (1955) and Pillow Talk (1959). He died on October 16, 1991 in Riverside County, California, USA.

1947- The Yearling (Color)

24. Arthur C. Miller

Cinematographer | How Green Was My Valley

Arthur was known as one of Hollywood's most accomplished lighting cameramen, a master at black and white cinematography. Miller began his career at 13, serving as an assistant to cinematographer Fred J. Balshofer. (They co-authored a book entitled "Two Reels and a Crank" in 1967.) Miller ...

1947- Anna and the King of Siam (Black and White)

25. Alfred Junge

Production_designer | Black Narcissus

Alfred Junge was Born in Gorlitz, Germany, in 1886. He studied art in Germany and Italy and became a scenic artist at the Berlin State Opera and State Theatre Studios. Later he undertook art direction for UFA, Ewald André Dupont and Alexander Korda on many famous continental classics. He worked with...

1948- Black Narcissus (Color)

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 ...

1948- The Ghost and Mrs. Muir (Black and White), 1960- Some Like It Hot (Black and White)

27. Nicholas Musuraca

Cinematographer | Out of the Past

Italian-born Nicholas Musuraca's first job in the film business was as a chauffeur to early pioneering producer/director J. Stuart Blackton. Having a knack for photography, he worked behind the cameras in a variety of jobs before finally becoming a cinematographer (or, as they were called in those ...

1949- I Remember Mama (Black and White)

28. Robert H. Planck

Cinematographer | The Three Musketeers

Robert H. Planck was born on August 19, 1902 in Huntington, Indiana, USA as Robert Herbert Planck. He is known for his work on The Three Musketeers (1948), Lili (1953) and Anchors Aweigh (1945). He died on October 31, 1971 in Camarillo, California, USA.

1949- The Three Musketeers (Color), 1950- Little Women (Color)

29. Charles Edgar Schoenbaum

Cinematographer | The Love Special

Member of ASC (American Society of Cinematographers).

1950- Little Women (Color)

30. Franz Planer

Cinematographer | Roman Holiday

Descended from a wealthy family of landowners in what was then Austria-Hungary, Franz Planer understood the importance of photography as an art form early in his life. He first stood behind the camera as a portrait photographer, working out of Vienna from 1910. He soon branched out, filming ...

1950- Champion (Black and White), 1952- Death of a Salesman (Black and White), 1954- Roman Holiday (Black and White)

31. Robert Surtees

Cinematographer | Ben-Hur

Robert L. Surtees began his working life as a portrait photographer and retoucher, before becoming camera assistant at Universal in 1927. He spent a lengthy apprenticeship (15 years) working under such experienced cinematographers as Hal Mohr, Joseph Ruttenberg and Gregg Toland. Between 1929 and ...

1951- King Solomon's Mines (Color), 1952- Quo Vadis (Color), 1953- The Bad and the Beautiful (Black and White), 1960- Ben-Hur (Color), 1968- The Graduate

32. William V. Skall

Cinematographer | Quo Vadis

Director of Photography, who specialized almost exclusively in Technicolor film during the "Golden Age of Hollywood".

1952- Quo Vadis (Color)

33. Winton C. Hoch

Cinematographer | The Quiet Man

Winton C. Hoch was born on July 31, 1905 in Storm Lake, Iowa, USA. He is known for his work on The Quiet Man (1952), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964) and The Searchers (1956). He died on March 20, 1979 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

1953- The Quiet Man (Color)

34. Archie Stout

Camera_department | The Quiet Man

Archie Stout was born on March 30, 1886 in Renwick, Iowa, USA as Archibald Stout. He is known for his work on The Quiet Man (1952), Fort Apache (1948) and The Arm of the Law (1932). He was married to Evelyn. He died on March 10, 1973 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

1953- The Quiet Man (Color)

35. Henri Alekan

Cinematographer | Der Himmel über Berlin

Henri Alekan was born on February 10, 1909 in Paris, France as Henri Albert Alakan. He is known for his work on Wings of Desire (1987), Roman Holiday (1953) and La Truite (The Trout) (1982). He was married to Nadia Starcevic. He died on June 15, 2001 in Auxerre, Yonne, France.

1954- Roman Holiday (Black and White)

36. Loyal Griggs

Cinematographer | Shane

Loyal Griggs entered the film industry in the mid-1920s, directly out of high school, as an assistant in the special effects department of Paramount. He was a cameraman for nearly 30 years before graduating to director of photography, and he proved his worth by winning an Academy Award for ...

1954- Shane (Color)

37. Boris Kaufman

Cinematographer | On the Waterfront

Boris Kaufman, the Oscar-winning cinematographer who shot Jean Vigo's oeuvre and helped introduce a neo-realistic style into American films, was born on August 24, 1897, in Bialystok, Poland, then part of the Russian Empire. The youngest son of librarians, the Soviet directors Denis Kaufman (a.k.a. ...

1955- On the Waterfront (Black and White)

38. 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 ...

1955- Rear Window (Color), 1956- To Catch a Thief (Color), 1966- A Path of Blue (Black and White)

39. Joseph LaShelle

Cinematographer | Laura

Trained as an electrical engineer, Joseph LaShelle entered the film industry as a lab assistant with Paramount in 1920 in order to finance entry to Stanford University. Having worked his way up to superintendent of the Paramount printing room after three years, he decided to stay on. By 1925, he ...

1956- Marty (Black and White)

40. Harold Rosson

Cinematographer | The Wizard of Oz

Harold G. "Hal" Rosson, a cinematographer known for his subtle and imaginative lighting, was born in Genaseo, New York, on August 24, 1895, although some sources cite his birthday as April 6, 1895, or in 1889.

Rosson entered the movie industry in 1908 as an actor at the Vitagraph Studios in Brooklyn...

1957- The Bad Seed (Black and White)

41. Joseph Ruttenberg

Cinematographer | Gigi

Four-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Joseph Ruttenberg was born in St. Petersburg, Russia. In 1893, at the age of four, his family moved to the United States, eventually settling in Boston. After schooling, he got his first job in 1907 working as a newsboy and personal runner for William ...

1957- Somebody Up There Likes Me (Black and White)

42. Jack Cardiff

Director | Sons and Lovers

Almost universally considered one of the greatest cinematographers of all time, Jack Cardiff was also a notable director. He described his childhood as very happy and his parents as quite loving. They performed in music hall as comedians, so he grew up with the fun that came with their theatrical ...

1957- War and Peace (Color)

43. Jack Hildyard

Cinematographer | The Bridge on the River Kwai

Jack Hildyard was a British cinematographer. He made several films with David Lean including The Sound Barrier (1952), Hobson's Choice (1954), and The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography.

He also work in Another Time, Another Place (1958), ...

1958- The Bridge on the River Kwai

44. Sam Leavitt

Cinematographer | Anatomy of a Murder

Began as a camera operator at Biograph in New York in the early 1930's. Director of photography from 1952, his varied career encompassing many routine assignments as well as occasional gems, such as Anatomy of a Murder (1959) and Cape Fear (1962).

1959- The Defiant Ones (Black and White)

45. James Wong Howe

Cinematographer | Seconds

Master cinematographer James Wong Howe, whose career stretched from silent pictures through the mid-'70s, was born Wong Tung Jim in Canton (now Guangzhou), China, on August 28, 1899, the son of Wong How. His father emigrated to America the year James was born, settling in Pasco, Washington, where ...

1959- The Old Man and the Sea (Color), 1964- Hud (Black and White)

46. Freddie Francis

Cinematographer | The Straight Story

During his last years at school he spent most of his time writing a thesis on 'the future of film' On leaving school he joined Gaumont British Studios at Lime Grove as an apprentice to a stills photographer for a year. He claimed this taught him more about the art of photography than any other form...

1961- Sons and Lovers (Black and White)

47. Russell Metty

Cinematographer | Spartacus

Cinematographer Russell Metty, a superb craftsman who worked with such top directors as John Huston, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg and Orson Welles, was born in Los Angeles on Septmeber 20, 1906. Entering the movie industry as a lab assistant, he apprenticed as an assistant cameraman and ...

1961- Spartacus (Color)

48. Eugen Schüfftan

Cinematographer | The Hustler

Eugen Schüfftan moved from his motherland, Germany, to France in 1933 to escape the rising Nazi movement. He moved to the US in 1940 and became a member of Local 644, the East Coast cinematographers chapter of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE). He invented the ...

1962- The Hustler (Black and White)

49. Daniel L. Fapp

Cinematographer | West Side Story

American cinematographer who spent the bulk of his career at Paramount (1923-1959). After two years apprenticed in the studio lab, Fapp first worked the movie camera as an assistant in 1925. By 1941, he had graduated to full director of photography at the behest of cinematographer, turned director, ...

1962- West Side Story (Color)

50. Freddie Young

Cinematographer | Lawrence of Arabia

Freddie Young was a British cinematographer. He is best known for his work on David Lean's films Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Ryan's Daughter (1970), all three of which won him Academy Awards for Best Cinematography.

Young was an cinematographer on 130 films, including ...

1963- Lawrence of Arabia (Color), 1966- Doctor Zhivago (Color)

51. Jean Bourgoin

Cinematographer | The Longest Day

Oscar-winning French cinematographer (The Longest Day (1962)). He did some of his best work in the 1950's, creating evocative visuals for Jacques Tati's Mon Oncle (1958) and for Black Orpheus (1959), directed by Marcel Camus.

1963- The Longest Day (Black and White)

1963- The Longest Day (Black and White)

53. Ernest Laszlo

Cinematographer | Logan's Run

Ernest Laszlo, the Academy Award-winning cinematographer best known for his creative collaborations with directors Robert Aldrich and Stanley Kramer, was born on April 23, 1898, in Budapest, Hungary, then part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

After emigrating to the US, he worked as a camera operator...

1964- It's a Mad, Mad, Mad World (Color)

54. Geoffrey Unsworth

Cinematographer | Cabaret

Goeffrey Unsworth was one of the great cinematographers of the 20th Century, the winner of two Oscars, five BAFTA awards, and three awards from the British Society of Cinematographers for his work as a director of photography. Born in 1914 in Lancashire, England, Unsworth started in the industry in...

1965- Beckett (Color), 1973- Cabaret, 1981- Tess

55. Walter Lassally

Cinematographer | Alexis Zorbas

Walter Lassally was born on December 18, 1926 in Berlin, Germany as Walter Israel Lassally. He is known for his work on Zorba the Greek (1964), Heat and Dust (1983) and Before Midnight (2013). He was married to Nadia Lassali. He died on October 23, 2017 in Crete, Greece.

1965- Zorba the Greek (Black and White)

56. Ted Moore

Cinematographer | From Russia with Love

Ted Moore was born on August 7, 1914 in Western Cape, South Africa. He is known for his work on From Russia with Love (1963), A Man for All Seasons (1966) and Dr. No (1962). He died in 1987 in Surrey, England.

1967- A Man for All Seasons (Color)

57. Haskell Wexler

Cinematographer | Medium Cool

Two-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler was adjudged one of the ten most influential cinematographers in movie history, according to an International Cinematographers Guild survey of its membership. He won his Oscars in both black & white and color, for Who's Afraid of ...

1967- Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Black and White), 1977- Bound for Glory

58. Pasqualino De Santis

Cinematographer | Romeo and Juliet

Pasqualino De Santis was born on April 24, 1927 in Fondi, Lazio, Italy as Pasquale De Santis. He is known for his work on Romeo and Juliet (1968), Three Brothers (1981) and Death in Venice (1971). He died on June 23, 1996 in Ukraine.

1969- Romeo and Juliet

59. Conrad L. Hall

Cinematographer | Road to Perdition

Born in Tahiti, the son of writer James Norman Hall, author of "Mutiny on the Bounty," Conrad Hall studied filmmaking at USC. He and two classmates formed a production company and sold a project to a local television station. Hall's company branched out into making industrial films and TV ...

1970- Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, 2000- American Beauty

60. Fred J. Koenekamp

Cinematographer | The Towering Inferno

Fred J. Koenekamp was born on November 11, 1922 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is known for his work on The Towering Inferno (1974), Patton (1970) and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964). He died on May 31, 2017 in Bonita Springs, Florida, USA.

1971- Patton

61. Oswald Morris

Cinematographer | Fiddler on the Roof

Oscar-winning cinematography Oswald Morris was one of the most outstanding directors of photography of the 20th Century, making his reputation by expanding the parameters of color cinematography. Born in November 1915 in Hillingdon, Middlesex, England, a month short of his 17th birthday, he became ...

1972- Fiddler on the Roof

62. 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...

1974- Cries and Whispers, 1984- Fanny and Alexander

63. John A. Alonzo

Cinematographer | Chinatown

John A. Alonzo was born on June 12, 1934 in Dallas, Texas, USA. He was a cinematographer and actor, known for Chinatown (1974), The Magnificent Seven (1960) and Star Trek: Generations (1994). He was married to Jan Murray and Suzanne L. Heltzel. He died on March 13, 2001 in Beverly Hills, California...

1975- Chinatown

64. 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...

1976- Barry Lyndon

65. Douglas Slocombe

Cinematographer | Raiders of the Lost Ark

London-born Douglas Slocombe has long been regarded as one of the film industry's premiere cinematographers, but he began his career as a photojournalist for Life magazine and the Paris-Match newspaper before World War II. During the war he became a newsreel cameraman, and at war's end he went to ...

1978- Julia

66. Néstor Almendros

Cinematographer | Days of Heaven

One of the highest appraised contemporary cinematographers. He was born in Spain but moved to Cuba by age 18 to join his exiled anti-Franco father. In Havana, he founded a cineclub and wrote film reviews. Then, he went on to study in Rome at the Centro Sperimentale. He directed six shorts in Cuba ...

1979- Days of Heaven

67. 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).

1980- All That Jazz

68. Ghislain Cloquet

Cinematographer | Tess

Ghislain Cloquet was born on April 18, 1924 in Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium as Ghislain Pierre Cloquet. He is known for his work on Tess (1979), Love and Death (1975) and Le Trou (1960). He was married to Sophie Becker. He died on November 2, 1981 in Montainville, Yvelines, France.

1981- Tess

69. 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 ...

1982- Reds, 1988- The Last Emperor

70. Jost Vacano

Cinematographer | Das Boot

Jost Vacano was born on March 15, 1934 in Osnabrück, Germany. He is a cinematographer, known for Das Boot (1981), Starship Troopers (1997) and Hollow Man (2000).

1983- Das Boot

71. Chris Menges

Cinematographer | The Mission

Chris Menges was born on September 15, 1940 in Kington, Herefordshire, England as Christopher J. Menges. He is known for his work on The Mission (1986), Michael Collins (1996) and The Killing Fields (1984). He has been married to Judy Freeman since 1982.

1985- The Killing Fields

72. David Watkin

Cinematographer | Out of Africa

David Watkin was born on March 23rd 1925 to a middle class family in Kent, England. Being fond of classical music, he originally wanted to become a pianist despite the lack of support from his religious father.

Watkin served shortly in World War II before finally beginning his career in cinema. His ...

1986- Out of Africa

73. 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...

1987- Platoon, 1992- JFK, 2005- The Aviator

74. Peter Biziou

Cinematographer | Mississippi Burning

Peter Biziou was born on August 8, 1944 in Wales. He is known for his work on Mississippi Burning (1988), The Truman Show (1998) and Time Bandits (1981).

1989- Mississippi Burning

75. Michael Ballhaus

Cinematographer | Goodfellas

Michael Ballhaus was a German cinematographer. He worked on many American films, including Baby It's You (1983), Old Enough (1984), After Hours (1985), The Color of Money (1986), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Goodfellas (1990), Dracula (1992), The Age of Innocence (1993), Gangs of New York ...

1990- The Fabulous Baker Boys

76. Dean Semler

Cinematographer | Apocalypto

Dean Semler was born in 1943 in Renmark, South Australia, Australia as Dean William Semler. He is known for his work on Apocalypto (2006), Dances with Wolves (1990) and Dead Calm (1989). He is married to Annie Semler.

1991- Dances With Wolves

77. Jack N. Green

Cinematographer | Unforgiven

Jack N. Green was born on November 18, 1946 in San Francisco, California, USA as John Newton Green. He is known for his work on Unforgiven (1992), The Bridges of Madison County (1995) and Serenity (2005).

1993- Unforgiven

78. Janusz Kaminski

Cinematographer | War Horse

Janusz Kaminski is a Polish cinematographer and film director. He has established a partnership with Steven Spielberg, working as a cinematographer on his movies since 1993. He won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998).

His ...

1994- Schindler's List, 1999- Saving Private Ryan

79. 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 (...

1995- The Shawshank Redemption, 2002- The Man Who Wasn't There, 2008- The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, 2018- Blade Runner 2049, 2020- 1917

80. John Toll

Cinematographer | The Thin Red Line

John Toll is an American cinematographer. His filmography spans a wide variety of genres, including epic period drama, comedy, science fiction, and contemporary drama. He won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography in both 1994 and 1995 for Legends of the Fall and Braveheart respectively.

He has ...

1996- Braveheart

81. John Seale

Cinematographer | Mad Max: Fury Road

John Seale was born on October 5, 1942 in Warwick, Queensland, Australia as John Clement Seale. He is known for his work on Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), The English Patient (1996) and Witness (1985). He has been married to Louise Seale since September 23, 1967. They have two children.

1997- The English Patient, 2016- Mad Max: Fury Road

82. Russell Carpenter

Cinematographer | Avatar 2

Russell Carpenter was born on December 9, 1950 in Van Nuys, California, USA as Russell Paul Carpenter. He is known for his work on Avatar 2 (2021), Titanic (1997) and Ant-Man (2015).

1998- Titanic

83. Peter Pau

Cinematographer | Wo hu cang long

Pau has been one of the top cinematographers in Hong Kong. After his graduation of Filmmaking at San Francisco Art Institute in 1983, he directed his first feature "The Temptation of Dance" and Wu du qing chou (aka Misty) in the 1990s. Pau has been working with the top directors such as John Woo (_...

2001- Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

84. Edward Lachman

Cinematographer | Carol

Edward Lachman was born on March 31, 1948 in Morristown, New Jersey, USA. He is known for his work on Carol (2015), Far from Heaven (2002) and Ken Park (2002).

2003- Far From Heaven

85. Eduardo Serra

Cinematographer | Girl with a Pearl Earring

Eduardo Serra was born on October 2, 1943 in Lisbon, Portugal. He is known for his work on Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003), Unbreakable (2000) and Blood Diamond (2006).

2004- Girl with a Pearl Earring

86. Xiaoding Zhao

Cinematographer | Shi mian mai fu

Xiaoding Zhao is a cinematographer and director, known for House of Flying Daggers (2004), Curse of the Golden Flower (2006) and Shadow (2018).

2005- House of Flying Daggers

87. 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).

...

2006- Brokeback Mountain

88. Emmanuel Lubezki

Cinematographer | Gravity

Lubezki began his career in Mexican film and television productions in the late 1980s. His first international production was the 1993 independent film Twenty Bucks (1993), which followed the journey of a single twenty-dollar bill.

Lubezki is a frequent collaborator with fellow Mexican filmmaker ...

2007- Children of Men, 2012- The Tree of Life, 2014- Gravity, 2015- Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

89. Wally Pfister

Cinematographer | Inception

Wally Pfister is an American cinematographer and film director, who is best known for his work with Christopher Nolan. He is also known for his work on director F. Gary Gray's The Italian Job (2003) and Bennett Miller's Moneyball (2011).

He made his directorial debut with the film Transcendence (...

2009- The Dark Knight, 2011- Inception

90. Christian Berger

Cinematographer | Das weiße Band - Eine deutsche Kindergeschichte

1973 founded own production company TTV Film. Extensive work as a documentary film-maker. 1977 building of experimental video studio. Work with and technical support for various young film-makers working under TTV Film. 1980/81 increasing work in TV plays, screen adaptations with various authors, ...

2010- The White Ribbon

91. Claudio Miranda

Cinematographer | Life of Pi

Claudio Miranda was born in 1964 in Santiago, Chile. He is known for his work on Life of Pi (2012), The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008) and Oblivion (2013).

2013- Life of Pi

92. Linus Sandgren

Cinematographer | No Time to Die

Linus Sandgren is an Academy Award winning Swedish cinematographer. He is best known for his work with Damien Chazelle on La La Land (2016) and his collaboration with David O Russell on the films American Hustle (2013) and Joy (2015).

He also worked with Gus Van Sant on Promised Land where he shot ...

2017- La La Land

93. Alfonso Cuarón

Writer | Gravity

Alfonso Cuarón Orozco was born on November 28th in Mexico City, Mexico. From an early age, he yearned to be either a film director or an astronaut. However, he did not want to enter the army, so he settled for directing. He didn't receive his first camera until his twelfth birthday, and then ...

2019- Roma



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