Leading Cinematographers

by aanensonb | created - 05 May 2012 | updated - 25 May 2013 | Public

1. 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 ...

Gregg Toland was a skilled technician his work on The Grapes Of Wrath and Citizen Kane were examples of his craft.

2. James Wong Howe

Cinematographer | The Rose Tattoo

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 ...

James Wong Howe photographed a significant amount of films.

3. 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...

Geoffory Unsworth was one of Britain's leading cinematographers notable films which he photographed were 2001: A Space Odyssey,Cabaret,Murder On the Orient Express.

4. 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...

He photographed many of Ingmar Bergman's films his work displayed his talent for creating a natural atmosphere in the films that was involved in films like Cries & Whispers and Fanny & Alexander.

5. 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 ...

Another cinematographer who created a natural effect in the films he photographed in films like Days Of Heaven and Kramer Vs Kramer.

6. 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 ...

One of the world's leading cinematographers his work with Bernardo Bertolucchi with films such as The Conformist and Last Tango In Paris and The Last Emperor as well as his work on Francis Coppola's Apocalypse Now and Warren Beatty's Reds have demonstrated his talent for creating stunning images.

7. 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...

He came to notice for photographing Oliver Stone's film JFK for which recieved his first Academy Award other films of note have been The Horse Whisperer directed by Robert Redford and Hugo directed by Martin Scorsese for which he recieved his second Academy award his other notable work was Snow Falling On Cedars.

8. Russell Boyd

Cinematographer | Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

Russell Boyd was born on April 21, 1944 in Victoria, Australia. He is known for his work on Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) and Gallipoli (1981).

Russell Boyd photographed several films for Peter Weir his noted efforts have been Picnic At Hanging Rock and My Brilliant Career and Gallipoli and Master & Commander.

9. 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 The Road Warrior (1981). He is married to Annie Semler.

A former NWS 9 cinecameraman he also worked for the ABC and went on to work for Kennedy/Miller Entertainment for the second and third Mad Max films and mini series features also for Kennedy/Miller. he later worked as Director Of Photography for the film Dances With Wolves for which he recieved an Academy Award.

10. Giuseppe Rotunno

Cinematographer | The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Giuseppe Rotunno was born on March 19, 1923 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He is known for his work on The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1988), Amarcord (1973) and Fellini's Casanova (1976).

He photographed some films directed by Fedrico Fellini,he later worked in America where he photographed the film All That Jazz.