Top 10 Cinematographers of All Time

  • katma 29 Eyl 2017
  • This week we're looking back at best DPs to ever let light touch film. From every era, from all over the world, from all walks of life, these are the best cinematographers of all time.
    The Picks:
    10 - The beginnings, Billy Bitzer
    9 - The Golden Age, Gregg Toland
    8 - Transition to color, Robert Burks
    7 - Technicolor and Cinemascope, Freddie Young
    6 - New Hollywood, Vittorio Storaro
    5 - Europe, Sven Nykvist
    4 - Around the world, Kazuo Miyagawa
    3 - 80's and 90's, Janusz Kaminski
    2 - Women, Maryse Alberti
    1 - Today, Roger Deakins
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  • nAnDo kOsMiK pRoDuKtIoNs

    Ok. For what it's worth (I understand the educational purpose and/or intention behind your li'il lists for a wider audience), this li'il list of yours is ALL mostly straight out "Visions of Light," the great documentary on cinematographers (the clip with Almendros came straight out of that doc!) and anybody who's really interested in cinematography should watch that great documentary and take your li'il list with a grain of salt and as a mini-mini-mini intro to the subject. Not to mention Gordon Willis, the "Prince of Darkness" ("The Godfather", "Manhattan") and Laszlo Kovacs ("Easy Rider") is unforgivable. Ok. You got a li'il accolade from Deakins. Big deal. You're still pushing it. 😜

  • Oscar Gtz
    Oscar Gtz 7 gün önce

    You can't explain "Chivo" Lubezki or Rodrigo Prieto without Gabriel Figueroa's influence, just watch Luis Buñuel's Los Olvidados or John Houston's The Night of the Iguana, for which he earned an Oscar nomination. He should have been mentioned among the "South American", ahem, Rest of the World photographers.

  • Serkan Görür
    Serkan Görür 11 gün önce

    Nuri Bilge Ceylan

  • takeonparis
    takeonparis 11 gün önce

    The best video on cinematographers I've ever seen.

  • Robbie D
    Robbie D 11 gün önce

    Love Dean Cundey & Daniel Pearls work

  • Andrew P Velasco
    Andrew P Velasco 12 gün önce

    Judging by when this video was made, I thought at the end you were gonna say "The only cinematographer to be nominated for 13 Oscars and lose them all." HE FINALLY WON!!!

  • Hey Momma
    Hey Momma 12 gün önce

    Give Emmanuel Lubezki a few more yrs of work and he’ll be the GOAT.

  • Joco Game
    Joco Game 14 gün önce

    Emmanuel Lubezki OUT? Incredible!!!!! Besides he is not south american. He is North American, Mexico is North located. Gabriel Figueroa or Alex Phillips deserved a latin american mention.

  • Epicrao
    Epicrao 14 gün önce


  • Joker The Reviewer :v
    Joker The Reviewer :v 17 gün önce

    WTF?? Where is Emmanuel Lubezki?? He won 3 Oscars in a row, he is one of the best cinematographers IDIOT!!

  • Nella Rohan
    Nella Rohan 17 gün önce

    I wish when you mentioned how of them were men, that you would have also highlighted the fact that they are white men. I am teaching a film studies class to West Philadelphia middle school students. We constantly have to confront how white and male the history of film is and how because of that, they have been able to largely shape public image about minority groups. I also have been teaching them about there are so many emerging black filmmakers who are now able to create images and narratives they are proud of and consider properly representative of the black American experience.

  • ludlow 889
    ludlow 889 19 gün önce

    You picked all the ones I would have picked and you ranked them in more or less the order I would have ranked them, so...GREAT JOB!

  • Ребята с нашего двора

    Georgy Rerberg, Vadim Usov

  • Colvin Ang
    Colvin Ang 22 gün önce

    As I was watching this video down the line, I was making peace not seeing Roger D. on the list because you've introduced me so much more talented predecessor of cinema art, these amazingly inspiring people that introduced and constructed how frames and lighting are done today.

    And at 14:00, I saw the frames Fargo, I was pumped and literally clapped in my room like an idiot. Hahah. Thanks.

  • Sachin Singh
    Sachin Singh 23 gün önce Never Vadim Yusov from the erstwhile USSR, forget him and his epochal work.

  • Inebriated Spirit Productions

    I'm glad Roger Deakins
    is up there, and Wally Pfister got a mention, but a couple of others I like are: Dante Spinotti, and Andrew Laszlo

  • Waya Lyric
    Waya Lyric 29 gün önce

    I need more stuff with cinematography because this awesome and I watch this often. Modern cinematographers next and Bradford young should be on that list

  • nasser taieb
    nasser taieb Aylar önce

    Sergey Urusevsky!!!

  • ballsdeep 69
    ballsdeep 69 Aylar önce +1

    why is the good the bad and the ugly not on this list

  • kanki
    kanki Aylar önce

    Uh huh..that is good list but thats it nothing more..Not that any such will have much meaning to be the best....Some are great but..Most of them are merely technically competent ..And that is not so rare..I have problem with some of the modern names you have shown.Filmmaking is art...What goes around as beautiful images and scenes... shown some in nothing more than the an effected thing.. to pick only the obvious is films of spielberg,cohen,or even blade runner etc.,...the thing is to be able to distinguish between merely affected and artistic image...What artistic value some of these images have ...other than as a mere show piece shots...The work of Urusevsky with Kalatozov on 3 movies is worth more than whole bunch of some movies shown here.Of course different criteria has different lists...Art is a individually experienced thing finally .


    The sunset scene on Sicario is one of the most brilliant scenes i saw this decade, light merging perfectly with the tension building up and the perfect music. Brilliant, brilliant scene.

    MYNEXTPHASE Aylar önce

    Stanley Kubrick was one of the all time great cinematographers.

  • Christian P.
    Christian P. Aylar önce

    Robert Richardson?

  • iliazbek Tashmatov
    iliazbek Tashmatov Aylar önce

    totally agree with no 1.. Roger Deakins deserved Oscar waaay before.

  • vilim_23
    vilim_23 Aylar önce

    12:18 I don't think that's the movie "The hunt". I would say that is "Fences" with Denzel Washington (as seen on the video). Btw thank you for this video, really enjoyed it and actually learned from it!

  • Samuel Alicea
    Samuel Alicea Aylar önce

    12:18 was fences (2017), not “the hunt.” come on now

  • indigo wendigo
    indigo wendigo Aylar önce

    I'll sit through a bad movie if it has good cinematography

  • tapobrataha
    tapobrataha Aylar önce

    If you are out to make a top ten list of anything related to movies, you need to watch some movies yourself. If Subrata Mitra, Satyajit Ray's cinematographer doesn't figure in the list, the whole list is trash. Watch some real movies and you try listing out. Utterly stupid.

  • JCarlitos 3
    JCarlitos 3 Aylar önce

    Wheres Geoffrey Unsworth?

  • CodaPrime
    CodaPrime Aylar önce

    Anyone know what that last epic strings song is? It’s awesome!

  • Andruvious Jamicus
    Andruvious Jamicus Aylar önce

    It’s a shame that Robby Müller wasn’t mentioned :(

  • Faze Man 2
    Faze Man 2 Aylar önce

    It hurts me that nearly all of Maryse's segment was dedicated to how important it is for women to be filmmakers than speaking about her actual art. For an artist, it must hurt to have your creations' success being boiled down to the mere fact of their gender. Otherwise, great video.

  • Ido Jacoby
    Ido Jacoby Aylar önce

    Emmanuel Lubezki is pushing many boundaries of cinematography, he deserves a place, every movie that he makes gives you an unmatched take on different types of cinematography

  • halcyon289
    halcyon289 Aylar önce

    All genders ???? There's only two . And that's the truth.

  • Fly Beep
    Fly Beep Aylar önce

    Starting the vid you better have Roger Deakins up there or I'll be leaving a downvote behind.

  • Malabarista
    Malabarista Aylar önce +1

    The same year Deakins finally won the Oscar, Rachel Morrison became the first woman ever to be nominated in this category

  • Joanne Namerow
    Joanne Namerow Aylar önce

    Gordon Willis?

  • Funky Chicken
    Funky Chicken 2 aylar önce

    No Gordon Willis ??!!! Or Robert Richardson ??!! Robby Müller !!??

  • Jasmine Valentine
    Jasmine Valentine 2 aylar önce

    Props for including 1 women, however, when mentioning ' the rest of the world' your list does'nt include that of the African diaspora . ? :-/ Bradford young (selma 2014) is one of many good black cinematographers/filmmakers that exist !

  • James White-Aldworth
    James White-Aldworth 2 aylar önce

    What a fantastic video. People may disagree with some but this is an intelligent, well thought out, informative film that shows cinema the respect it deserves.

  • Christopher Paul
    Christopher Paul 2 aylar önce

    I love Sergio Leone's cinematographer, Tonino Delli Colli! Once upon a time in the west and the Man With No Name trilogy are beautifully shot!!

  • Nate DS
    Nate DS 2 aylar önce

    I think roger deacons is the only cinematographer who most film buffs know by name.

  • Phil Mcahkiner
    Phil Mcahkiner 2 aylar önce

    Awkward being that Birth of a Nation is a film that glorifies the KKK....... >.>

  • jelliscorpio
    jelliscorpio 2 aylar önce

    No Dean Cundey or John Seale?

  • Gaston Mamy
    Gaston Mamy 2 aylar önce

    Waiit a second!!!!! named robert richardson for his colaborations with oliver stone and tarantino and not scorsese!!?????...he actually won 2 of his 3 oscars for scorsese pictures!!!, the aviator, shutter island, hugo!!!! Were incredible visual works.
    Actually you ignored alot scorsese and his cinematographers....scorsese has done one of the best works in cinematography ever in each decade since he has been working : taxi driver 70s, raging bull 80s, the age of innocence, goodfellas, casino, kundun in the 90s,.... the aviator, hugo, wolf of wall street, silence, in the last 15 years.

  • Duncan Sands
    Duncan Sands 2 aylar önce

    Freddie Young Jack Cardiff, Rodger Deakins. But if i had to pick one movie 'Lawrence of Arabia' sit back and have a photographic orgasm!

  • Enri Franco
    Enri Franco 2 aylar önce

    Nice 2nd spot privilege... dislike

  • Rodrigo M. Guerra
    Rodrigo M. Guerra 2 aylar önce +1

    Mexico is North America.

  • jiKSaw
    jiKSaw 2 aylar önce

    Expected at least a mention of John Alcott, but overall great list

    • Sean Locke
      Sean Locke 2 aylar önce

      jiKSaw they did mention Alcott during the #6 spot

  • Deena James
    Deena James 2 aylar önce

    I knew if I watched this long enough it would turn to sh*t...

  • luna
    luna 2 aylar önce

    Thank you

  • jazz maeson
    jazz maeson 2 aylar önce

    andrei tarkovsky? maybe ?

    • SimtekGroup
      SimtekGroup 2 aylar önce

      Vadim Yusov was indeed mentioned, but Tarkovskij didn't have a single truly essential DoP collaborator (at least not after Mirror), like for example the Bergman-Nykvist relationship.

  • popcorn pop
    popcorn pop 2 aylar önce

    this channel is more sincere about movie making than the oscars

  • Kevin Darcy
    Kevin Darcy 2 aylar önce

    No Guillermo Navarro? Maybe a second vid is needed. And maybe a shout to directors who are their own DPs, such as Robert Rodriguez?

  • Amy Baker
    Amy Baker 2 aylar önce +1

    A top ten list of cinematographers without Jack Cardiff? its worthless.

  • Andrés Aguilar
    Andrés Aguilar 2 aylar önce

    HE is a fucking Rockstar, and a GOD of Light.

  • Media Buster
    Media Buster 2 aylar önce

    More SJW gibberish...

  • manny perez
    manny perez 2 aylar önce


  • William Stolley
    William Stolley 2 aylar önce

    Ironic in that Roger deakins who had lost more Academy award nominations than anyone went on to win his Oscar the next year for Blade Runner.

  • Brett Peacock
    Brett Peacock 3 aylar önce

    So where do you fit in Bruce Surtees and Lucien Ballard? They are not "also means..."

  • amy clarke
    amy clarke 3 aylar önce

    10 a jc 10😎9 i m 8 g t 7 bb b 6 w j 5 gwtw vl 4 r a 3 c h 2 s s 1 i l

  • Pablo A. Casas Cruz
    Pablo A. Casas Cruz 3 aylar önce

    And Gabriel Figueroa?

  • William F
    William F 3 aylar önce

    The 3 Times winning the Oscars Emmanuel Lubezki....? Really?

  • Eliah Holiday
    Eliah Holiday 3 aylar önce

    How beautiful those old film stocks look compared to the current day digital with slapped on orange and teal colour grading.

  • Sharon R
    Sharon R 3 aylar önce

    Downvoted. You cannot ignore Kubrick!!!!

  • Tony BP
    Tony BP 3 aylar önce +1

    I'm glad this year the ASC gave Cold War its top prize instead of Roma. Cuarón said he wanted a "digital" Black and White which sounds more like a cop out to not hire Lubezki and have him take the credit. Cuarón's Black and White has some terrible overexposed whites throughout the film and it looks just what it is: a movie set in the 70s but done in 2018 as opposed to Cold War's Black and White which really takes you back in time. Anyway, I'm glad the ASC went for true merit and not popularity like the Oscars do.

    • Vorol Drwarfff
      Vorol Drwarfff Aylar önce

      True, the best look for black and white is the high contrast look from the 40s. Cold War totally nailed it.

  • partypao
    partypao 3 aylar önce

    It's really hard to appreciate the cinematography of the films when it's only shown 2 seconds each in sets of twos and fours. Do the guys of Cinefix think the people who watch this kind of vids are in a hurry?

  • Kung Jangkung
    Kung Jangkung 3 aylar önce

    Christopher Nolan

  • Christopher McMahon
    Christopher McMahon 3 aylar önce

    It's idiotic to have a section for females, simply have a cinematographer. The ammount of females or minorities within an occupation does not matter however what does matter is quality so leave it at that. The reason there are more males is because cinematography just happens to be more of a masculine interest.

  • JBMoneyGaming
    JBMoneyGaming 3 aylar önce

    I was going to be mad until I saw who was #1.

  • Fred Delgado
    Fred Delgado 3 aylar önce

    I can't agree more. Roger Deakins is absolutely brilliant.

  • Lawrence Dcunha
    Lawrence Dcunha 3 aylar önce

    I always watch your videos. it's so inspiring, also love the way you do it. Fun... I'm a cinematographer learned on sets. It's fun to explore. Roger Deakins u r the best...

  • Nirlash Karki
    Nirlash Karki 3 aylar önce

    Agnes Godard deserved a mention.

  • Kostas Doc
    Kostas Doc 3 aylar önce

    No 1. Battleship Potemkin - Sergei Eisenstein

  • Hope Ezcurra
    Hope Ezcurra 3 aylar önce

    Duuuuuuuude what about the cinamatographer for 2001, that movie was gorgeous. I saw it decades ago and still can't get it out of my head. I also thought that Rosemary's baby was brilliantly shot.

    XTASY 3 aylar önce

    Every time a name is mentioned, I was like, "It's gonna be Robert Deakins!" Ghad

  • Simona Ivancic
    Simona Ivancic 3 aylar önce

    robert richardson

  • celestialfilms
    celestialfilms 3 aylar önce

    Allen Daviau (E.T., The Color Purple, Empire of the Sun)
    Vilmos Zsigmond (Deliverance, Close Encounters of the Third Kind)

  • celestialfilms
    celestialfilms 3 aylar önce

    John Toll (Braveheart)
    Russell Carpenter (Titanic)
    Jan DeBont (Die Hard)

  • celestialfilms
    celestialfilms 3 aylar önce

    Dean Cundey! He started with John Carpenter and went on to work with Zemeckis and Spielberg. His cobalt blue lighting on Halloween is legendary, as well as his use of 2.35:1 Panavision anamorphic widescreen to lend class and elegance to that low-budget horror film. He's also great at mixing different colors of light like in Romancing the Stone!

  • pterodidactic
    pterodidactic 3 aylar önce

    Persona as ultimate cinematographic statement on the human visage?
    That honor goes without question to Dreyer's Jeanne d'Arc.

  • WIDLEY1000
    WIDLEY1000 3 aylar önce +3

    Freddie Young 7th !!!! IMHO should be first his day you couldn't digitally enhance, change/amend colours, balance light in post production.

  • Erik Amundsen
    Erik Amundsen 3 aylar önce +1

    nice to see nykvist on this list!

  • J k
    J k 3 aylar önce

    I agree... Roger is the singularity in cinematography

  • clark cimmerian
    clark cimmerian 3 aylar önce


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    clark cimmerian 3 aylar önce


  • VincentHanna121
    VincentHanna121 3 aylar önce

    Dante Spinotti, anyone?

  • Feathermason
    Feathermason 3 aylar önce

    DP's dont get old..they just Stop down...grips dont get old,they just run out of track...

  • shalaka gaikwad
    shalaka gaikwad 3 aylar önce +1

    Yes...roger deakins deserves all the praise. But u didn't even include CHIVO in ur list. It's sad. U definitely haven't seen The Revenant & Birdman !!

  • Brian O'Mahony
    Brian O'Mahony 3 aylar önce

    Joseph Ruttenberg

  • Panzerino02
    Panzerino02 3 aylar önce

    Sven Nykvist had no rival. Vadim Yusov and Georgii Rerberg are missing. Actually, the two goes second after Sven Nykvist.

  • Holly Cromwell
    Holly Cromwell 3 aylar önce

    Completely sidetracked myself with an ethical debate whether Birth of A Nation should have been included even as a small practically unmentioned clip at the start - it's the racist movie credited (on my GCSE history course at least) with transforming the KKK from a tiny group of bigots (1919 when the movie came out) to a massive terrorist organisation that claimed (almost certainly falsely but definitely in the range of) 5 million members by 1925 - and whether any of that should be taken into account when choosing the films to represent early cinema
    Otherwise really enjoyed this

  • Marco Antonio Olmos
    Marco Antonio Olmos 3 aylar önce

    First of all, I want to thank you, because your videos are absolutely enlightening to me as a Filmmaker learner. Even though, I want to let you know that way before Emmanuel Lubezki there was the international renowned and Oscar nominated (1964) cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa. I bet Lubezki studied Figueroa's work at College, to become who he is today, my dear friend. Gabriel Figueroa he even worked for Luis Buñuel, Dali's Cinematographic counterpart, as well as for John Ford and John Huston. Gabriel Figueroa was a key element to shape the Mexican culture and identity with his cinematography... Cheers!

  • Robert Book
    Robert Book 3 aylar önce

    Not including Willis, Conrad Hall, or Emmanuel Lubezki is...interesting.

  • nikhil pillai
    nikhil pillai 3 aylar önce

    Where is John Alton on the list? of the pioneers to introduce backlight filming...and also responsible to bring film noir cinematography to Hollywood..

  • ulrey productions
    ulrey productions 3 aylar önce

    Its a little much

  • K ST
    K ST 3 aylar önce +2

    Caleb Deschanel - The Black Stallion ... #1 on my list.

  • Ara Sirwan
    Ara Sirwan 4 aylar önce

    So you're telling me that Kubrick and Tarkovsky are dead.

  • Jacob Ashburner
    Jacob Ashburner 4 aylar önce


  • m j
    m j 4 aylar önce +1

    Cinematographer today is as simple as point and shoot. No challenge with a digital camera. Its shot flat and then in the post process is where the look becomes the look. Unlike using actual film. Why was Film Noir not mentioned?