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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  • amy clarke
    amy clarke Gün 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 2 gün önce

    And Gabriel Figueroa?

  • William F
    William F 3 gün önce

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

  • Eliah Holiday
    Eliah Holiday 3 gün 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 4 gün önce

    Downvoted. You cannot ignore Kubrick!!!!

  • Tony BP
    Tony BP 4 gün önce

    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.

  • partypao
    partypao 5 gün 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 5 gün önce

    Christopher Nolan

  • Christopher McMahon
    Christopher McMahon 8 gün 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 8 gün önce

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

  • Fred Delgado
    Fred Delgado 8 gün önce

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

  • Lawrence Dcunha
    Lawrence Dcunha 9 gün 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 10 gün önce

    Agnes Godard deserved a mention.

  • Kostas Doc
    Kostas Doc 10 gün önce

    No 1. Battleship Potemkin - Sergei Eisenstein

  • Hope Ezcurra
    Hope Ezcurra 10 gün 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 11 gün önce

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

  • Simona Ivancic
    Simona Ivancic 11 gün önce

    robert richardson

  • celestialfilms
    celestialfilms 11 gün önce

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

  • celestialfilms
    celestialfilms 11 gün önce

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

  • celestialfilms
    celestialfilms 11 gün 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 11 gün önce

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

  • WIDLEY1000
    WIDLEY1000 13 gün önce +1

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

  • 3rik
    3rik 13 gün önce +1

    nice to see nykvist on this list!

  • J k
    J k 14 gün önce

    I agree... Roger is the singularity in cinematography

  • clark cimmerian
    clark cimmerian 15 gün önce


  • clark cimmerian
    clark cimmerian 15 gün önce


  • VincentHanna121
    VincentHanna121 16 gün önce

    Dante Spinotti, anyone?

  • Feathermason
    Feathermason 17 gün önce

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

  • shalaka gaikwad
    shalaka gaikwad 17 gün 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 18 gün önce

    Joseph Ruttenberg

  • Panzerino02
    Panzerino02 19 gün 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 20 gün 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 24 gün 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 26 gün önce

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

  • nikhil pillai
    nikhil pillai 27 gün 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 28 gün önce

    Its a little much

  • K ST
    K ST 28 gün önce +2

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

  • Ara Sirwan
    Ara Sirwan 28 gün önce

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

  • Jacob Ashburner
    Jacob Ashburner 28 gün önce


  • m j
    m j 29 gün 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?

  • Keith Ten Eyck
    Keith Ten Eyck Aylar önce

    Amazing list.

  • Elijah Wilson
    Elijah Wilson Aylar önce

    Friendly Correction: The film shown in the top panel at 12:18 is Fences (2016), not The Hunt (2012).

  • The Life of Tony
    The Life of Tony Aylar önce

    00:58 That’s Lillian Gish, in case you’re wondering.

  • soutrik pal
    soutrik pal Aylar önce

    Emmanuel lubezki is the best!!!!!

  • Dávid Kertész
    Dávid Kertész Aylar önce

    So these are ordered by time and not skill? Well I get it, it would be hard to compare cinematographers from different eras.

  • peace and love
    peace and love Aylar önce


  • peace and love
    peace and love Aylar önce

    Look for Gabriel Figueroa's work in Mexico

  • peace and love
    peace and love Aylar önce

    Lubesky has won more Oscars than any of these and you did not mention him for Gravity, the Renegade, etc

  • edmundo oliver
    edmundo oliver Aylar önce

    2019 emmanuel iubezki

  • Haawser
    Haawser Aylar önce

    Colin Watkinson would be in my top ten because of The Fall. Which has to be one of the most beautiful looking films ever made.

  • Gary MacMillan
    Gary MacMillan Aylar önce

    This is bollocks!!!!

  • JD Krasinki
    JD Krasinki Aylar önce

    I'm torn with your #2 choice. Feels like that spot really should go to some other DPs mentioned in the comments below. But it is also important to recognize someone on the fringe whose work is as good as all the men. however, i just dont think #2 is where she belongs but i guess the list is somewhat chronological?

  • DavidMillsSeven
    DavidMillsSeven Aylar önce

    The Deak is the Duke.

  • Paddle and Hook
    Paddle and Hook Aylar önce

    Cant. Stop. Watching. CineFix!

  • Pedro Milano
    Pedro Milano Aylar önce

    Wer is ruby mulure and cordnal hall

  • TheZzZzZzZzZzA
    TheZzZzZzZzZzA Aylar önce

    12:18 titles are wrong, it's Fences & The Hunt.

  • Satvik Garg
    Satvik Garg Aylar önce

    Roger A deakins is the best

  • Mark Ruffalo is a splendid actor

    Roger Deakins better be in this...thank god

  • Josiah Obasa
    Josiah Obasa Aylar önce

    All of the cinematographers are good.

  • razorgg
    razorgg Aylar önce

    Pretty stunning the work of these Artists, and we don't know who they are , as you noted so many others you might mention as an aside, Movies are such art, compared to Picture hanging in the Louvre, and these images created,
    a picture is worth how many words?

  • Cass Yves
    Cass Yves Aylar önce +1

    Fuck it, i got C on my Film Studies, just because i love France Cinematography, I really love Le Fabuléux Destin - Amelie Poulain... Believe me or not, good cinematography makes u watch the movie all day, even with the worse ever storyline...

    1. The Godfather
    2. Amelie Poulain
    3. Prisoners (2013)
    4. Schindler's List

    5. District B-13 (this hv bad storyline, boooringg)

    All of them, kill me in my entire life.. and all of it, worth me C in Film Studies.... Sheeiit.. i loovve cinematographyyyy....thumbs up if u love too...

  • Eileen Stone
    Eileen Stone Aylar önce

    Where was Adrian Biddle?

  • Criston Sloan
    Criston Sloan Aylar önce

    No Bill Pope? Darkman, Army of Darkness, Bound, The Matrix Trilogy, Spider-man 2&3, Team America, Metallica music vids and all of Edgar Wrights' work from Scott Pilgrim onward - come on, that last mention is enough alone....

  • octagonproplex
    octagonproplex Aylar önce +1

    My top 25
    25. Harris Savides
    24. Dante Spinotti
    23. John Seale
    22. Jordan Cronenweth
    21. Geoffrey Unsworth
    20. Caleb Deschanel
    19. John Alcott
    18. John Mathieson
    17. Robert Elswitt
    16. Darius Khondji
    15. Emmanuel Lubezki
    14. Dariusz Wolski
    13. Janusz Kaminski
    12. Dean Semler
    11. John Toll
    10. Vilmos Zigmond
    09. Robert Krasker
    08. Freddie Young
    07. Jack Cardiff
    06. Gordon Willis
    05. Gregg Toland
    04. Conrad Hall
    03. Roger Deakins
    02. Vittorio Storaro
    01. Robert Richardson

    • octagonproplex
      octagonproplex 28 gün önce

      +Joe Shalanaya Deakins is a virtuoso at tactful formalism in lighting, but he rarely pushes the medium with inventive camera work, and he's never once even attempted anamorphic. Really, I prefer more long and shallow lens parameters than what Deakins is partial to. I like image compression with bokeh accents, and flaring anomalies my self. And native film negative is still the superior aesthetic for authenticity. Nevertheless, Deakins is unquestionably great, but it sure gets annoying having to constantly read and hear tourist hipster casuals pretend they know about cinematography by citing the one to three names they've ever heard of in their backslapping circles (usually Roger Deakins, Emmanuel Lubezki, and maybe Christoper Doyle).
      And they love to pretend they're real inside friends with Lubezki and call him "Chivo", lol. And I'm aquanted personally with the man, we've conversed at length numerous times and exchanged phone numbers, yet I've never once presumed to him Chivo!

    • octagonproplex
      octagonproplex 28 gün önce

      +Joe Shalanaya
      Russan Harlan - I'd prefer Franz F. Planer ("The Big Country", "Breakfast At Tiffanys") or Stanley Cortez ("Night Of The Hunter", "Magnificent Ambersons").
      Lucian Ballard - I'd prefer Bruce Surtees ("Outlaw Josey Wales", "Night Moves").
      William A. Fraker - I'd pare him favorably with John A. Alonzo ("Vanishing Point", "Casey's Shadow").
      For recent contemporary naturalism, I quite like Frederick Elms ("Ride With The Devil", "The Ice Storm") and Geoffrey Simpson ("Fried Green Tomatoes", "Shine")

    • Joe Shalanaya
      Joe Shalanaya 28 gün önce

      Finally something more balanced, Jack Cardiff would be top for me though, more so because he uses the light out of this world, everything is as if painted by hand without fully depending on filters or digital enhancing, which creates an almost blurry image, yet as if it was covered by mist or people appearing as if they're ghosts, very classical and painting-like. Robert Richardson is like the exact opposite, more modern, and too expressionistic in terms of contast of backlighting and detail by calling attention to itself. The same for Roger Deakins, just a popular choice that is less innovative but more repetitive using the same trademarks. What do you think about Russell Harlan (Red River, Tobruk, Land of the Pharaohs, To Kill a Mockingbird), Lucien Ballard (Drum, Wild Bunch) and William A. Fraker, he's also one of the great masters and top favorite too (Paint Your Wagon, Protocol, Bullit, Rosemary's Baby, Street Fighter), and from new ones Masanobu Takayanagi (Hostiles, Out Of The Furnace), despite lacking the depth of the field very often, Mauro Fiore is also great (Driven, Avatar, The Island).

  • j675446
    j675446 Aylar önce

    >calling a woman top 10 all time because you felt you should include a woman
    there goes your credibility

  • Sarvesh Parakh
    Sarvesh Parakh Aylar önce

    Just add a female for the sake of gender? WRONG! Plus, please rename the video. It's not the top 10. It's the best 10. #10 on this list was as important as #1 in his Era.

  • broderick
    broderick Aylar önce

    Roger Deakins is a mother fucking animal his movies are always BEAUTIFUL, Prisoners, No Country for Old Men, Blade Runner 2049, Jarhead, Unbroken, and many many more. Just wow the guy knows what he’s doing.

  • Brian Davies
    Brian Davies Aylar önce +1

    Very surprised that Jack Cardiff didn't even get a mention.

  • jan hsnr
    jan hsnr Aylar önce

    you forgot tarkovsky. for this i cant take you seriously

  • saneill17
    saneill17 Aylar önce

    Anyone have any tips on where/how I can watch older / more obscure movies that are hard to get your hands on?

  • Minh Pham
    Minh Pham Aylar önce

    In terms of concept execution, commenting, editing and soundtrack, I believe this video is Cinefix at its finest

  • Arableciderboy
    Arableciderboy Aylar önce

    “All genders”? Fuck off

  • AlexanderFilmWorks
    AlexanderFilmWorks Aylar önce

    I just rewatched this, and I still think Jimmy Wong Howe should have been included instead of Toland. Howe's aesthetic had more reach, more diversity than Toland; it's a close thing, but I rate Howe over Toland. YMMV.

  • litosolar
    litosolar Aylar önce

    Mexico is not South America, you stupid idiot

  • Juan Jose Serrato
    Juan Jose Serrato Aylar önce

    Mexico is also north (America). Great video, however geographic mistakes make the complete content un-thrusting

  • Serjohn
    Serjohn 2 aylar önce +1

    all genders ? do you mean both genders ?

  • Michelle Lekas
    Michelle Lekas 2 aylar önce

    Even if they often worked in the US, like Freund (seen 'Metropolis' anyone?...AND he shot 'I Love 'Lucy'), the non-USA directors, excepting Miyagawa and Nykvist, really get short shrift here. I guess that there are a LOT of DPs to parse through. But to just hurriedly MENTION Raoul Coutard is kind of nuts. I mean, the narrator here cites Maryse Alberti's use of "French New Wave aesthetics," but these aesthetics were literally CREATED by Coutard. No one argues that. Watch 'Breathless,' 'Shoot the Piano Player,' 'Une femme est une femme,' 'Jules and Jim,' 'Contempt,' 'Pierrot le fou,' 'Alphaville,' 'La Peau Douce,' 'Le petit soldat,.' 'Bande a part,' and especially, for almost hypnotic lighting, 'Vivre sa vie,' and for imagery, 'Weekend.'
    I mean, think about it?
    Apologies for being a you tube complainer, but either CineFix dislikes Godard and Truffaut or imagines that the naturalistic look of their films came naturally?
    CineFix might dislike England as well: leaving out Jack Cardiff completely is simply bizarre: I mean, 'Black Narcissus[!!!]' 'The Red Shoes,' 'A Matter of Life and Death,' 'The African Queen"? And Robert Krasker ('The Third Man,' [best cinematography Oscar and to an English 1950], 'Brief Encounter,' and 'Odd Man Out') gets nothing???
    I hope that I wasn't listening closely enough, and hat may be the case, because this would fail film class 101.

  • Smasher277
    Smasher277 2 aylar önce

    I freaking love Roger Deakins.

  • Amir Fld
    Amir Fld 2 aylar önce

    It would be really nice if we hear something about "Barry Lyndon" cinematography in this video!

  • Tim Francis
    Tim Francis 2 aylar önce

    Much better than I expected, there are some of the greats here no doubt, ( although I think Elswit and Lubeski especially should be there). That's also why it's so ridiculous to wedge in this lone female director with her rather pedestrian body of work, ( comparatively speaking of course). It just shows you how the industry needs to do more for women in cinematography period.

  • mbear1
    mbear1 2 aylar önce

    I come to this channel to feel dumb. (And here I thought i knew film.....)

  • Alex K
    Alex K 2 aylar önce

    No Doyle/Lubezki ---> DISLIKE

  • Igor M
    Igor M 2 aylar önce

    Russia isn't Europe?

  • Fernando Salcedo Pintos
    Fernando Salcedo Pintos 2 aylar önce

    Everything is alright, but, one forgoten mention that's very important. Edward Tisse, the photographer of Einsestein.

  • Paul Kyriazi
    Paul Kyriazi 2 aylar önce

    Jack Cardiff 'The Vikings', 'The African Queen' went on to direct the most intense action movie ever: 'Dark of the Sun' out in Blu-ray mid-Dec. 2018.

  • -Clouds above us crying-
    -Clouds above us crying- 2 aylar önce

    One of the best videos I've seen on this channel, the list included literally everyone!! That was amazing, I would love to learn more about cinematography! It's so interesting!

  • David Worth
    David Worth 2 aylar önce

    An Excellent Job! Sorry to have not seen this earlier! However with 2 Billion uploads to social media every week it's lucky I found it at all! I also scanned through the comments and of course your not going to please everyone with ANY Top 10 List, but you came very close to pleasing me... I was the Cinematographer (DP) on two Clint Eastwood Films: BRONCO BILLY & ANY WHICH WAY YOU CAN... I was also the DP on the original BLOODSPORT, before Directing the original KICKBOXER... For the past ten years, I've been teaching Cinematography, Directing & Production. I was amazed at how close you came to the examples I've been utilizing both in my courses as well as in my textbook: MILESTONES IN CINEMA, 50 Visionary Films & Filmmakers (Worth, David 2014 - Bitzer & Griffith INVENTED the language of film by doing over 450, 1 & 2 reel films at Biograph Studios in the early 1900's. & their extraordinary work on INTOLERANCE was later called "Intellectual Montage" by Sergei Eisenstein & led to all of his Theories Of Montage! Toland and Welles visionary work in CITIZEN KANE was so far ahead of its time that in the 5 minute "Mocumentary" that opens the film you can find at least four techniques that were not popularized until 20 years later by the French New Wave: 1. The Jump Cut 2. The Flash Frame 3. The Freeze Frame 4. The Hand Held Camera! When it comes to Color, I favor Jack Cardiff but Robert Burkes was also an excellent choice as were the staggering achievements of Freddy Young... & Vittorio Storaro's Theories & Artistry are head and shoulders above everyone else! (Kind of like Kubrick's Directing!) Kaminsky & Spielberg & of course Roger Deakins who should receive an Academy Award just for being Roger Deakins! I'm personally thrilled that today Everyone from Anywhere can make a contribution with the excellent new technology and I love the fact that both Indies like Sean Baker & Big Time Directors like Steven Soderbergh are actually utilizing iPhones to make groundbreaking Cinema & Cinematography... Again CineFix I apologize for being so "late" with my comments: IMDb: David Worth (II) Kickboxer...

    IANinALTONA 2 aylar önce

    not even a single mention of Owen Roizman? This list is worthless!!!


    dude, where is Robert Richardson?

  • Fer Rosas Córdoba
    Fer Rosas Córdoba 2 aylar önce

    Alice Guy Was the first director - cinematographer !!!

  • Hachi Feria
    Hachi Feria 2 aylar önce

    Emmanuel Lubezki?????

  • Jim M
    Jim M 2 aylar önce

    Frederich Elmes?

  • Travis Drahozal
    Travis Drahozal 2 aylar önce

    Sometimes it's all about subtly. We don't think of a specific style with them, but which one of us did not grow up loving a movie shot by Dean Cundey. The movies he shot are iconic.

  • Anuar Rodríguez
    Anuar Rodríguez 2 aylar önce

    So no Lubezki because you think gender is a different cathegory or achievement by itself? Sorry but that is stupid

  • Godwin Lesner
    Godwin Lesner 2 aylar önce

    where is Emmanuel lubezki

  • tassiana catein
    tassiana catein 2 aylar önce

    you forgot Alice Guy-Blaché. First cinematography and often overlooked, but a pioneer in many ways. including a pioneer in the color process of her films

  • DUcE Dev!lsTear
    DUcE Dev!lsTear 2 aylar önce

    What do you mean by "all genders" ??? How many are there ?
    And while I'm at it, where is your black candidate, chinese, latino, gay & lez, all kind of trans ... Oh ! And muslim of course, coz that's the hot trend nowadays ... I thought u stand for equality ...

  • MovieNerd_EP
    MovieNerd_EP 2 aylar önce

    I was worried for a second there that Roger Deakins wouldnt be #1, i would probably have unsubscribed XD. The man is a genius

  • Fabiano Gallindo
    Fabiano Gallindo 2 aylar önce

    What Deakins achieved on Blade Runner 2049 is almost fantastic. I've seen the movie again and again without sound and those astounding images tell us a different story, a different movie much better than the complete (sound and image) Villeneuve´s one.

  • Eloise Grech
    Eloise Grech 2 aylar önce

    michael ballhaus needs a mention