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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  • Igor M
    Igor M 2 gün önce

    Russia isn't Europe?

  • Fernando Salcedo Pintos

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

  • Paul Kyriazi
    Paul Kyriazi 3 gün 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-

    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 6 gün 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 8 gün önce

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


    dude, where is Robert Richardson?

  • Fer Rosas Córdoba
    Fer Rosas Córdoba 9 gün önce

    Alice Guy Was the first director - cinematographer !!!

  • Hachi Feria
    Hachi Feria 9 gün önce

    Emmanuel Lubezki?????

  • Jim M
    Jim M 10 gün önce

    Frederich Elmes?

  • Travis Drahozal
    Travis Drahozal 11 gün 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 14 gün 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 15 gün önce

    where is Emmanuel lubezki

  • tassiana catein
    tassiana catein 17 gün 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 17 gün 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 18 gün 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 19 gün 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 20 gün önce

    michael ballhaus needs a mention

  • Anatole Ara
    Anatole Ara 21 gün önce

    At 12:18 it shows a shot from FENCES, but it says THE HUNT

  • naveed wani
    naveed wani 23 gün önce

    This list is nothing without Raoul Coutard

  • Pysch Maniax
    Pysch Maniax 23 gün önce

    Santosh sivan + mani ratnam = heaven

  • Amaan Sheikh
    Amaan Sheikh 24 gün önce

    I didn't know much about the work of cinematographers ,. Till now . I like your countdown , giving some basic information about the work of cinematographers .....
    Love from India 🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳🇮🇳

  • John Hintergardt
    John Hintergardt 26 gün önce

    I wish they had mentioned Lisa Rinzler, Ellen Kuras, Sandi Sissel, and Rachel Morrison.

  • Dr Tim O'Shea
    Dr Tim O'Shea 27 gün önce

    the reader sounds like he's reading-- the phone book

  • chad stephens
    chad stephens 29 gün önce

    I met Roger Deakins in Atlanta. I manage a restaurant and he can in alone. Only I recognized him. I went over and talked to him but not about movies (which I wanted to do). He said, “who is that?” The music in the restaurant was playing a song that I love so I said, “that’s a Bob Dylan song.” He smiled and went on ad on about Bob Dylan... and then I told him about the time I met Bob Dylan in the restaurant! He looked like a kid in a candy store and we laughed and talked about our favorite songs.... before he l left I told him I loved his work. He was perplexed that I recognized him, which I did. Amazing human being. Very grounded, very down to earth. Hope he comes back.

  • Gero Z
    Gero Z Aylar önce

    I hope that Roger Deakins is at least in the top 3....

  • ctdtfiveoupNup
    ctdtfiveoupNup Aylar önce

    Excellent.....except more praise for birth of a nation for its technical achievements and no mention of the crimes against humanity it perpetuated on Black Americans. Can you image if a black writer director and producers made the godfather films and ignored the pleads of Italian Americans those films devalue them all in the name of art?

  • Jonathan Bridge
    Jonathan Bridge Aylar önce

    Not forgetting James Wong Howe, William H.Clothier, Lucien Ballard, William Fraker, Jack Cardiff, Lucien Andriot, Rudolph Mate, Arthur Edeson, Stanley Cortez, Russell Metty and many others.

  • proover
    proover Aylar önce

    Phil Meheux for me just has something unique I cannot describe but notice every time especially night exterior lighting and framing/movement.

  • Miles Montemore
    Miles Montemore Aylar önce

    Thanks. Can't argue with your list, but not even a mention of Freddie Francis or the great Claude Renoir?

  • ThePulp0
    ThePulp0 Aylar önce

    Loved this list. These are some of my favourite cinematographers as well.
    I was (just a little) disappointed you didn't even mentioned some heavyweights like Slawomir Idziak, Asakazu Nakai, Cesar Charlone, Harris Savides or even newer talents like Matthew Libatique, Thimios Bakatakis and Benoit Debie. And being so "Zerkalo's lovers" I also missed Georgi Rerberg lol
    But cool list, I love your videos :)

  • Carlos Saraiva
    Carlos Saraiva Aylar önce

    Roger Deakins work on Blade Runner 2049 is beautiful beyond description. Well, like most of his work, really.

  • Mark Dillon
    Mark Dillon Aylar önce

    Jack Cardiff, Jack Cardiff, Jack Cardiff. And Vadim Yusov.

  • eric blair
    eric blair Aylar önce

    Amazing how the pc chick choice zipped up that ladder - she could have shown Gregg Toland a thing or two. And when you take your head out of the sand look up Jack Cardiff and Robert Krasker who belong in the top 5. I understand the need to be trendy but in the case of these two guys you owe followers an apology. Ask your pal, Deak, he'll tell you how off course you are.

  • tryptychUK
    tryptychUK Aylar önce

    Conrad Hall, Vilmos Zsigmond, Darius Khondji... plenty of greats missed out.

  • Lucy Fer
    Lucy Fer Aylar önce

    Why Gabriel Figueroa , Mexican cinema Golden age cinematographer is NOT in this Beyond me....

  • Craig Joseph
    Craig Joseph Aylar önce

    Fuck the white ppl version of birth of a nation i only watch nat Turner version

  • Cheetarah
    Cheetarah Aylar önce

    Fortunately /unfortunately I'm late to this party. OMG how patronising is no 2? I feel people should be credited on their own account, or not. But that was not it. Either its worthy or not, pick one.

  • i asimov
    i asimov Aylar önce

    I know how it is to be partial to someone you have met.

  • Christopher Thorkon
    Christopher Thorkon Aylar önce

    Great list in most respects and I understand your choices. But Jack Cardiff should have been included on the list instead of just barely mentioned. You kind acted like Technicolor was some sort of mistake but Jack Cardiff made it sing.

  • Gizgirl70
    Gizgirl70 Aylar önce

    Did I hear a mention of Michael Ballhaus somewhere? If not, then he should be in there.

  • Miguel McQueen
    Miguel McQueen Aylar önce

    12:18... that scene with Denzel Washington isn't from The Hunt, it's from Fences 2016, nonetheless it was Charlotte Bruus Christensen for both so.. I guess it doesn't matter?

  • Jeffrey J
    Jeffrey J Aylar önce

    Did I miss Vilmos Zsigmond? The Deer Hunter should be worth a mention.

  • David Payne
    David Payne Aylar önce

    Roger Deakins in 3... 2... 1... wait he's actually 1

  • Radical Atlas
    Radical Atlas Aylar önce

    what's the name of the music at 12:38 ?

  • No Body
    No Body Aylar önce

    Robert Yoeman should have gotten #1

  • Buscador Final
    Buscador Final Aylar önce

    Americans always have to ruin a joke by telling you it's a joke. It's that uniquely American trait of treating other people as if they're morons.
    Otherwise a superb list giving ignoramuses who haven't studied film information they maybe never thought about. I never understood why I thought Fanny and Alexander the most beautiful film I've ever seen, and now I know why.
    It is, however, astonishing how, when one looks at these lists, one discovers that in the first seventeen years of the twenty-first century, more superior films have been made than in the seventy-odd years preceding the twenty-first century.
    And was the woman cinematographer included in order to play to the gallery or because she is up there with the greats?

  • Mango Steel
    Mango Steel Aylar önce

    Number 10 should’ve been number 1

  • Jack Miller
    Jack Miller Aylar önce

    John Alcott and Emmanuel Lubezki deserved spots imo

  • Samuel MAC
    Samuel MAC Aylar önce


  • Mark Angelo Artagame
    Mark Angelo Artagame Aylar önce

    i was waiting for roger deakin's name.... losing hope till he was number one.... it sent shivers... hes just so great!

  • Ronald Collins Productions

    interesting assessment of the best cinematographer a few however were omitted,such as Geoffrey Unsworth,
    Douglas Slocombe, Oswald Morris,Wilkie Copper ETC

  • Sarah S
    Sarah S Aylar önce

    hoyte van hoytema should have been much more than a mention! he may not have done many movies but his work on interstellar, Her, Spectre, and especially dunkirk is spectacular!

  • drstrangelove09
    drstrangelove09 2 aylar önce

    Why is it good news that "it's changing fast"? Why do we care about the gender of a person? Are you a sexist? I would say definitely yes.

  • Oma Rumunna
    Oma Rumunna 2 aylar önce

    Their No.1 seems pretty cool.

  • Nirlash Karki
    Nirlash Karki 2 aylar önce

    a mention to agnes godard would have been appreciated

  • Adrian Simone
    Adrian Simone 2 aylar önce

    0:24 anybody else recognize this from family guy? "Damn! Play me off Johnny!!"

  • Jonas Coutinho
    Jonas Coutinho 2 aylar önce

    Ron Fricke ... c'mon, he's my absolute master! I love his work.

  • Silviu Stefan
    Silviu Stefan 2 aylar önce

    Of course. No German or Russian.

  • Aaron Bruce
    Aaron Bruce 2 aylar önce

    At 12:22, are you sure that wasn't a clip from "Fences"? (It was labled as "The Hunt)

  • مارتين سكورسيزي

    Kazuo did not make kagemusha
    Get your shit together cinefix

  • Gareth Ransome
    Gareth Ransome 2 aylar önce

    How can you not mention Jack Cardiff?

  • Max Shoham
    Max Shoham 2 aylar önce

    No Vilmos Zsigmond???

  • pacoiec
    pacoiec 3 aylar önce

    I think you missed Gabriel Figueroa in the Latam mention.

  • Patryk Węgierkiewicz
    Patryk Węgierkiewicz 3 aylar önce

    Great work People! To quate a classic: "Impressive. Most impressive" :-)

  • Marten Dekker
    Marten Dekker 3 aylar önce

    Cinifix : interesting subjects...skimmed over too quickly & thinly...& failing to delve into the odd example properly. Ugh

  • sarah elizabeth
    sarah elizabeth 3 aylar önce

    roger deakins is a god

  • Louis Dubois
    Louis Dubois 3 aylar önce

    Automatic ill stem scan format chaos protest history.

  • Dennis Barać
    Dennis Barać 3 aylar önce

    Just watching Once Upon a Time in the West and Tonino Delli Collis cinematography is breathtaking...definitely the type of cinematography I would prefer if I were a cinematographer

  • Matthew Mosca
    Matthew Mosca 3 aylar önce

    This is impossible! One of -if not THE greatest color cinematographer was, and is Jack Cardiff. His work with Michael Powell and Emeric Pressberger- A matter of Life and Death, Black Narcissus and The Red Shoes- is unsurpassed. It is all about the manipulation of color, vivid and subtle, that propels the stories forward. Real color be damned!

  • Kevin Havers
    Kevin Havers 3 aylar önce

    Tonino Delli Colli ?

  • Quid Est Veritas
    Quid Est Veritas 3 aylar önce

    Jack Cardiff? Christopher Doyle?

  • Suraj Roy
    Suraj Roy 3 aylar önce

    thank you for mentoning the god of lighting santosh shivan in the list

  • Kyle W Hytonen
    Kyle W Hytonen 3 aylar önce

    Conrad A Hall was instrumental in the transition of Black & White to Color.

  • viviandarkbloom100
    viviandarkbloom100 3 aylar önce

    The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford is the most beautiful film I have seen. Deakins is pretty good.

  • Liam Mellon
    Liam Mellon 3 aylar önce

    I think Rob Hardy is a new cinematography god

  • Harshit Goyal
    Harshit Goyal 3 aylar önce

    how do you make all these videos???
    Just Excellent observations , its the best film school right here!

  • sounak chakravarty
    sounak chakravarty 3 aylar önce


  • Edward Neale-Scullion
    Edward Neale-Scullion 3 aylar önce

    Literally took notes on this, I have so many films to watch now, either again with a different eye, or for the first time. Can Not Wait.

  • Ping Medina
    Ping Medina 3 aylar önce

    You mentioned Chivo twice.

  • Ondřej
    Ondřej 3 aylar önce

    Good list, except Kaminski, I really dot like him

  • Matthew Ward
    Matthew Ward 3 aylar önce

    Though he hasn't shot any blockbusters, the work of Ron Fricke has had an immense impact on popular culture; advertisements and music videos have fully cannibalized elements of his style, which is ironic considering the subject matter of his most notable films, Koyaanisqatsi, and Baraka.

  • lunatiksAlterEgo
    lunatiksAlterEgo 3 aylar önce

    I love cinematography.

  • Santiago Arizti
    Santiago Arizti 3 aylar önce

    we call people from he US United-states-dians or gringos for short. IDK but American sounds like From America, not from the US

  • Santiago Arizti
    Santiago Arizti 3 aylar önce

    Mexico in South America? lol, I guess geography is not your strength

  • Michael Teret
    Michael Teret 3 aylar önce

    My favorites are Robby Muller and Christopher Doyle.

  • O.E. Morgan
    O.E. Morgan 4 aylar önce

    Gordon Willis revolutionized cinematography, ridiculous he only has a casual nod to. You'll find he's made the biggest influence to all cinematographers since the 1970's. Shame to not see him and his incredible work celebrated on here.

  • 90AlmostFamous
    90AlmostFamous 4 aylar önce

    50s and 60s look beautiful

  • Mitxel Sadaba
    Mitxel Sadaba 4 aylar önce

    Billy Bitzer is not the first one making close ups...

  • Patrick McCord
    Patrick McCord 4 aylar önce

    What about Alice Guy-Blanchè? She beat Bitzer and Griffith to a dozen punches. History doesn't see women but early filmmakers saw Alice's films, she made 1,000. Search Benatural and Ocean Waif. Check out lighting, deep focus, framing...

  • sara sofía
    sara sofía 4 aylar önce

    Luca Bigazzi
    - Le conseguenze dell'amore
    -La grande bellezza
    -The Young Pope

  • David Kashner
    David Kashner 4 aylar önce

    If Deakins says Conrad Hall is the best, I’d probably put him in there.

  • samnangpoe
    samnangpoe 4 aylar önce

    i was totally happy that deakins made the list!! awesome list guys

  • Omar Barradi
    Omar Barradi 4 aylar önce

    Steven Soderbergh? Nothing?

  • Benjamin REIS
    Benjamin REIS 4 aylar önce

    I'd like to throw Benoit Debbie in there too.
    Amazing work on colors, natural lighting, long take, darkness and weird camera movement.

  • uzefulvideos
    uzefulvideos 4 aylar önce

    "I find dialogue a bore for the most part."
    I wish more directors and scenarists would think like this.
    I think that storytelling should be done more through what you see and the music.

  • chel3SEY
    chel3SEY 4 aylar önce

    Too much. Not just 10 cinematographers, but scores of films crammed in, often 4-at-a-time. My eyes are sore and my head is spinning. Less is more.

  • kushan shah
    kushan shah 4 aylar önce

    To put Roger Deakins above Sven Nykvist is stupid!

  • Phillip Soriano
    Phillip Soriano 4 aylar önce

    Unbelievable!!! Not even a mention to Caleb Deschanel.( The Black Stallion - The Right Stuff)??? I think you might want to reconsider this list after watching those two movies. Vittorio Storaro at 6? C'MON Man - perhaps he should be much much much much much closer to the top. Thank You for the list - but needs a lot of work.

  • Kevin Rubio
    Kevin Rubio 4 aylar önce

    I have no qualms with any of your pics, but I'm disappointed you left out Caleb Deschanel.