Top Ten Best Cinematographers

The Top Ten

1 Vittorio Storaro

He is the best cinematographer in the world, because he is the God of chiaroscuro!

2 Roger Deakins

The man has 11 oscar nominations and no win what is going on Hollywood!?

His work in many movies amazes me

The absolute master. When he needs to disappear into the background and let the story tell itself, he does so while maintaining well formed images. When he needs to grab your attention, he does so with as much beauty and capability as any in his field.
His abilities with lighting are brilliant, and each shot is framed to perfection. He is able to slip genres from thriller, to comedy, to war, and can wow whether in black and white or colour.
He is proficient in his trade, with a long list of notable films, from "Shawshank Redemption", "Skyfall", and "No Country for Old Men", and has been working steadily in the industry for over 40 years. He is as reliable as they come, and continues to develop his craft, never being satisfied with relying on old techniques.
He is truly the master, and deserves to top this list.

3 Conrad Hall
4 Christopher Doyle
5 Gordon Willis
6 Sven Nykvist
7 Sergei Urusevsky
8 Janusz Kaminski
9 Emmanuel Lubezki
10 Vilmos Zsigmond

The Contenders

11 Kazuo Miyagawa
12 Santhosh Sivan

Eye catching.. Stunning... Unbelievable work of... Santhosh sivan is a gifted person in the field of cinematography.. We can see it in his works. There is no doubt

This indian cinematographer makes movie look much bigger than it's original budget, what a tremendous beauty and graceful style they are!

Amazing... Tremendous.. Extra ordinary work of cinematography... He reveals the beauty of Indian culture... And creates the vastness of art...

He is great

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13 John Toll
14 Nestor Almendros
15 Ed Lachman
16 Wally Pfister

Why isn't he at the top? Haven't you people seen The Dark Knight?

17 Robert Richardson

Robert richardson maintains his own style of cinemotography making the powerful impact on the visuals...

18 Matthew Libatique
19 Carlo Di Palma
20 Willy Hameister

The cinematographer for the 191 "Cabinet of Dr. Caligary." I think he did some Nazi olympics stuff too. Genious! but messed up.

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Top Remixes

1. Conrad Hall
2. Christopher Doyle
3. Vittorio Storaro



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