Favorite Cinematographers?


Apr 10, 2012
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Give a top 5 or top 10 (however much you want I guess), and if you want too, list your favorite works of theirs.

My list isn't really in order but these are my favorites:

Jordan Cronenweth (Blade Runner, Altered States)

Roger Deakins
(TAOJJ, No Country, Shawshank, Fargo, and many others)

Conrad L. Hall
(Road To Perdition, American Beauty, Butch Cassidy)

Vittorio Storaro
(Apocalypse Now)

John Toll
(The Thin Red Line, Braveheart, Gone Baby Gone)

Darius Khondji
(Midnight in Paris, Se7en, The Beach)

Emmanuel Lubezki
(Children of Men, The Tree of Life)

Wally Pfister
(The Prestige, TDK Trilogy, Inception)

John Alcott
(A Clockwork Orange, The Shinning)

Bill Pope
(Bound, The Matrix Trilogy, Army of Darkness)

Peter Suschitzky
(Empire Strikes Back, much of his work with Cronenberg)

Robert Richardson
(Platoon, JFK, Kill Bill, Ingourious Bastards)

Tak Fujimoto
(Badlands, Silence of the Lambs, Signs)

Jeff Cronenweth
(Fight Club, The Social Network, TGWTDT)

Gilbert Taylor
(Dr. Strangelove, A New Hope)
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1. Haskell Wexler (Days of Heaven, The Secret of Roan Inish)
2. Nestor Almendros (Days of Heaven, The Wild Child, The Last Metro)
3. Ron Fricke (Koyaanisqatsi, Chronos, Baraka)
4. Pin Bing Lee (Three Times, Millennium Mambo, In the Mood for Love, Springtime in a Small Town, Flowers of Shanghai, Goodbye, South, Goodbye)
5. David Watkin (Chariots of Fire, Return to Oz)
6. Roger Deakins (WALL*E, Assassination of Jesse James, The Secret Garden (1993))
7. Chris Menges (The Mission, Kundun, Local Hero, Kes, The Killing Fields)
8. Hou Yong (Hero, The Horse Thief, Not One Less, The Road Home, The Blue Kite, September)
9. Emmanuel Lubezki (The Tree of Life, The New World)
10. Slawomir Idziak (Three Colors: Blue, The Double Life of Veronique, The Decalogue)
Off the top

Bruno Delbonnel (Half-Blood Prince)

Wally Pfister (All his works)

Roger Deakins (Jarhead and soon to be Skyfall)

Jeff Cronenworth (Social Network)
I forgot John Mathieson. His work with Ridley Scott in Gladiator and especially Kingdom of Heaven is amazing.
I forgot John Mathieson. His work with Ridley Scott in Gladiator and especially Kingdom of Heaven is amazing.

How did i forget him! Kingdom of Heaven is gorgeous. Easily one of my favorite blurays.
Emmanuel Lubezki's work is amazing, I specially enjoy Children of men.

Wally Pfister work is great too, I love what he did in the TDK trilogy and Inception.

Roger Deakins is one of the best imo, and Skyfall looks incredible, every single shot is beautiful in the trailers.

I really like Jeff Cronenweths work in TGWTDT.
Sticking with the current ones:

-Bruno Delbonnel (Amélie, A Very Long Engagement, Across the Universe, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Dark Shadows)

-Roger Deakins (The Assassination of Jesse James, Jarhead, No Country for Old Men, Revolutionary Road, O Brother, Where Art Thou?)

-John Toll (The Thin Red Line, Almost Famous)

-Emmanuel Lubezki (Tree of Life, Children of Men, The New World, Sleepy Hollow)

-Robert Richardson (Shutter Island, Inglourious Basterds, Kill Bill, The Aviator, Snow Falling on Cedars, Platoon)
- Jeff Cronoweth (Girl With the Dragon Tattoo)
- Wally Pfister (The Prestige, Batman Begins)
- Jack Cardiff (The Red Shoes, The African Queen)
- Dion Beebe (Memoirs of a Geisha, Chicago)
- Guillermo Navarro (Pan's Labyrinth, Twilight: Breaking Dawn)
- Seamus McGarvey (The Avengers, Anna Karenina)
- Mandy Walker (Australia, Beastly)
- Bruno Delbonnel (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, A Very Long Engagement)
- Phillippe Rousselot (The Great Debaters, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Hoyte van Hoytema (Let the right one in, Tinker tailor soldier spy, The Fighter)
Roger Deakins, Wally Pfister, Robert Richardson ,Michael Ballhaus
Wally Pfister



I'm going to mention Zhao Ziaoding for his work in House of Flying Daggers.
Pfister knows how to frame a scene, man.

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