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Whose visual style is most appealing to you (and why)?

One of my favorites is Vittorio Storaro, pic related. I never knew the name until I started watching early 70s gialli, particularly The Fifth Cord and Le Orme. Those films (and his work with Argento and Bertolucci) had a strong impact on me, more than his later movies that everyone has seen. I love his chiaroscuro of vibrant colors and deep blacks, the repeated use of parallel lines, and the scenes enveloped in light blue haze.


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Here is a profile of Storaro, Writing with Light from 1992 which is also the name of his books.
I could upload more screenshots for some of his films but that's kind of like playing only one note from a piece of music.
Anyway I'll post some other favorite cinematographers when I get the time. :)


Christian Matras
Gábor Medvigy
Sven Nykvist


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The top google image result for "flim noir" is John Alton's iconic shot from The Big Combo. Alton helped define the style with films bathed in black shadows. There's a great DVD including two of his essential films: Raw Deal and T-Men. The steam bath scene in the second film is particularly memorable.

Interesting connection that Alton's book Painting with Light was titled quite similarly to Storaro's Writing with Light.


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A short profile of Alton


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Somebody made a post on cinematography but I don't see it anymore. It reminded me about this thread so I'm bumping, anyone else care to contribute?

Another great artist is Zbigniew Rybczynski, known for his inventive experimental shorts and the serial killer film Angst (1983) which was a huge inspiration to Gaspar Noe.


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The documentary Zbig (2001) is what to watch to learn more about him. I actually found it on youtube but unfortunately the uploader did not add the subtitles


What are good films with amazing cinematography to watch?


I've been trying to suggest some. You could look at Best Shot Films from American Cinematographer magazine but it's mostly a list of familiar titles.




I'm not up to par with the cinematographers as much as I should be but I'd have to say Freddie Young and the guy who DP'd Barry Lyndon, John Alcott.


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A newer talent I've noticed is Manuel Dacosse who is best known for his work with Cattet and Forzani


I want to see more of his projects…especially Nectar (2014) and Evolution (2015)


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Thanks for the recommendations! I would like to add this very good documentary on Jack Cardiff.

Conveniently available on youtube:



Freddie Young


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Check this out:

Visions of Light.The Art of Cinematography (1992)


Ernest Dickerson

Michael Chapman

Allen Daviau

Caleb Deschanel

Conrad Hall

William A. Fraker

John Bailey

Néstor Almendros

Vilmos Zsigmond

Stephen H. Burum

Charles Lang

Sven Nykvist

László Kovács

James Wong Howe

Haskell Wexler

Vittorio Storaro

John A. Alonzo

Victor J. Kemper

Owen Roizman

Gordon Willis

Bill Butler

Michael Ballhaus

Frederick Elmes

with clips from:

Dickson Experimental Sound Film (1895)

Repas de bébé (1895)

L'Arrivée d'un train à la Ciotat (1895)

The Kiss (1896)

Le Spectre rouge (1907)

The Birth of a Nation (1915)

Intolerance (1916)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Way Down East (1920)

Der Letzte Mann (1924)

Ben-Hur (1925)

Napoléon (1927)

Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans (1927)

The Crowd (1928)

The Cameraman (1928)

The Cocoanuts (1929)

On the Waterfront (1954)

Applause (1929)

The Locked Door (1929)

Possessed (1931)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

Shanghai Express (1932)

As You Desire Me (1932)

What Price Hollywood? (1932)

Red Dust (1932)

Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)

Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)

Queen Christina (1933)

Becky Sharp (1935)

Peter Ibbetson (1935)

Desire (1936)

Camille (1936)

Jezebel (1938)

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

Midnight (1939)

The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Gone with the Wind (1939)

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Rebecca (1940)

The Sea Hawk (1940)

The Long Voyage Home (1940)

Citizen Kane (1941)

How Green Was My Valley (1941)

The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

Mildred Pierce (1945)

The Killers (1946)

Out of the Past (1947)

T-Men (1947)

The Naked City (1948)

Oliver Twist (1948)

She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)

Young Man with a Horn (1950)

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

The Big Combo (1955)

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Picnic (1955)

Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Touch of Evil (1958)

Jules et Jim (1962)

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Hud (1963)

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

The Professionals (1966)

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

In Cold Blood (1967)

The Graduate (1967)

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Easy Rider (1969)

Midnight Cowboy (1969)

The Conformist (1970)

McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)

The French Connection (1971)

The Godfather (1972)

Fat City (1972)

Chinatown (1974)

The Godfather Part II (1974)

The Day of the Locust (1975)

Jaws (1975)

Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

Taxi Driver (1976)

Eraserhead (1977)

Annie Hall (1977)

Days of Heaven (1978)

Apocalypse Now (1979)

Raging Bull (1980)

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Blade Runner (1982)

Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)

Blue Velvet (1986)

The Last Emperor (1987)

Empire of the Sun (1987)

The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)

The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)

Do the Right Thing (1989)

Goodfellas (1990)



Jesus it's a mixed bag.


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I didn't see all of it but I thought it was breddy good

Another one is Cinematographer Style (2006)

>Cinematographer Style is a 2006 documentary by Jon Fauer, ASC, about the art of cinematography. In the film, he interviews 110 leading cinematographers from around the world, asking them about their influences and the origins of the style of their films. This is the first major English-language documentary on cinematography since Visions of Light(1993).


Remi Adefarasin, BSC

Russ Alsobrook, ASC

Howard Anderson III, ASC

Howard Anderson Jr., ASC

Peter Anderson, ASC

Michael Ballhaus, ASC

Dion Beebe, ASC, ACS

Bill Bennett, ASC

Gabriel Beristain, ASC, BSC

Larry Bridges

Jonathan Brown

Stephen H. Burum, ASC

Bill Butler, ASC

Bobby Byrne, ASC

Russell Carpenter, ASC

James Chressanthis, ASC

Peter Collister, ASC

Jack Cooperman, ASC

Ericson Core

Richard P. Crudo, ASC

Dean Cundey, ASC

Oliver Curtis, BSC

Allen Daviau, ASC

Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC

Peter Deming, ASC

Caleb Deschanel, ASC

Ron Dexter, ASC

George Spiro Dibie, ASC

Ernest Dickerson, ASC

Bill Dill, ASC

Richard Edlund, ASC

Jon Fauer, ASC

Don Fauntleroy, ASC

Steven Fierberg, ASC

William A. Fraker, ASC, BSC

Michael Goi, ASC

Stephen Goldblatt, ASC, BSC

Jack Green, ASC

Adam Greenberg, ASC

Robbie Greenberg, ASC

Henner Hofmann, ASC, AMC

Ernie Holzman, ASC

Gil Hubbs, ASC

Judy Irola, ASC

Mark Irwin, ASC, CSC

Levie Isaacks, ASC

Johnny Jensen, ASC

Victor J. Kemper, ASC

Francis Kenny, ASC

Richard Kline, ASC

Fred Koenekamp, ASC

Laszlo Kovacs, ASC

Ellen Kuras, ASC

Jacek Laskus, ASC

Andrew Laszlo, ASC

Denis Lenoir, ASC

Matthew F. Leonetti, ASC

Peter Levy, ASC,ACS

Matthew Libatique, ASC

Stephen Lighthill, ASC

Karl Walter Lindenlaub, ASC

Bruce Logan, ASC

Julio Macat, ASC

Isidore Mankofsky, ASC

Chris Manley

Steve Mason, ASC, ACS

Clark Mathis, ASC

Donald McCuaig, ASC, CSC

Robert McLachlan, ASC, CSC

Charles Minsky, ASC

Donald M. Morgan, ASC

Kramer Morgenthau

M. David Mullen, ASC

Fred Murphy, ASC

Hiro Narita, ASC

Michael Negrin, ASC

Sol Negrin, ASC

Daryn Okada, ASC

Woody Omens, ASC

Daniel Pearl, ASC

Ferne Pearlstein

Wally Pfister, ASC

Bill Pope, ASC

Steven Poster, ASC

Robert Primes, ASC

Anthony Richmond, ASC, BSC

Owen Roizman, ASC

Pete Romano, ASC

Paul Ryan, ASC

Nancy Schreiber, ASC

John Schwartzman, ASC

John Seale, ASC, ACS

Dean Semler, ASC, ACS

Michael Seresin, BSC

Steven Shaw, ASC

Newton Thomas Sigel, ASC

Bradley B. Six, ASC

Dante Spinotti, ASC, AIC

Ueli Steiger, ASC

Tom Stern, ASC

Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC

Rodney Taylor

John Toll, ASC

Kees Van Oostrum, ASC

Amelia Vincent, ASC

Haskell Wexler, ASC

Gordon Willis, ASC

Ralph Woolsey, ASC

Robert Yeoman, ASC

Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC


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I never paid attention to Néstor Almendros but I saw him featured on Filmstruck


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Robby Müller Cinematography Masterclass

This video is technical and informative - we see what goes into the decision-making process of a skilled professional as he accommodates the director's wishes for a particular shot


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<In celebration of the 110th anniversary of his birth, Japan Society presents an 11-film retrospective surveying the work of Kazuo Miyagawa (1908-1999), the most influential cinematographer of postwar Japanese cinema. Working intimately with directors like Yasujiro Ozu, Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi and Kon Ichikawa on some of their most important films, Miyagawa pushed Japanese cinema to its highest artistic peaks through his lyrical, innovative and technically flawless camerawork.

Selected filmography

Singing Lovebirds (鴛鴦歌合戦 Oshidori utagassen, 1939)

Rashomon (羅生門 Rashōmon, 1950)

Ugetsu (雨月物語 Ugetsu Monogatari, 1953)

A Geisha (祇園囃子 Gion Bayashi, 1953)

The Woman in the Rumor (噂の女 Uwasa no onna, 1954)

Sansho the Bailiff (山椒大夫 Sanshō Dayũ, 1954)

The Crucified Lovers (近松物語 Chikamatsu Monogatari, 1954)

Street of Shame (赤線地帯 Akasen chitai, 1956)

The Love of a Princess (朱雀門 Suzakumon, 1957)

Enjo (炎上 Enjō, 1958)

The Gay Masquerade (弁天小僧 Benten Kozō, 1958)

Odd Obsession (鍵 Kagi, 1959)

Floating Weeds (1959)

Scar Yosaburo (切られ与三郎 Kirare Yosaburō, 1960)

Her Brother (1960)

Yojimbo (用心棒 Yōjinbō, 1961)

Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold (座頭市千両首 Zatōichi senryō-kubi, 1964)

Tokyo Olympiad (東京オリンピック Tōkyō Orinpikku, 1965)

Zatoichi's Vengeance (座頭市の歌が聞える Zatōichi no uta ga kikoeru, 1966)

Zatoichi the Outlaw (座頭市牢破り Zatōichi rōyaburi, 1967)

Zatoichi and the Fugitives (1968)

Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)

Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970)

Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril (1972)

MacArthur's Children (瀬戸内少年野球団 Setouchi Shōnen Yakyū-dan, 1984)



I'll watch for that name from now on. I know very little about Japanese cinematographers.


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Darius Khondji was DP on Delicatessen, Se7en, Amour, Funny Games (2007), The City of Lost Children, The Lost City of Z, Alien: Resurrection, Stealing Beauty, Okja.


To get familiar, an excerpt from a new book of interviews with him: https://ascmag.com/articles/book-excerpt-conversations-with-darius-khondji

And a general career overview: https://mubi.com/notebook/posts/the-cinematographer-is-in-jordan-mintzer-s-conversations-with-darius-khondji


When you take on a project, how do you begin to visualize it in terms of the framing, the lighting and the overall look you want to give the film?

I would say that’s one of the hardest things for me as a cinematographer: finding the key that unlocks the film in a visual sense, that will illuminate the story so you’re inspired and excited about shooting it everyday for a long time — because when you decide to do a movie it can take anywhere from three months to a year of your life. When I find that key, it ignites what I call the “big bang.”


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Cinematographer Cameos

<This fun montage screened during the 28th Annual ASC Awards ceremony in 2013 and includes onscreen cameos made by cinematographers in a variety of motion picture and television projects.



I had always thought that Tron was filmed entirely in 65-mm.



Yes it was, but 65mm is the width of the film

That chart shows the focal lengths of lenses

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