Sacha Vierny has worked on a few of the most visually intelligent films of the latter half of the twentieth century, so for my money him.
There are about 12 other threads asking the same question. However I will not give up the opportunity to mention some of my favorite filmmakers of all time:
Freddie Francis or Gordon Willis for b&w. Roger Deakins or Christopher Doyle for colour. I’m certainly no expert though.
Gabriel Figueroa hands down.
And all others previously mentioned….
Stanley Cortez and Gregg Toland for b/w.
Jack Cardiff and Vittorio Storaro for colour.
Ooh yes, Neil – Jack Cardiff for colour and Greg Toland for b&w. Nice.
Roger Deakins, Conrad Hall, Emmanuel Lubezki, Janusz Kaminski, Vittorio Storaro, Guillermo Navarro, Vilmos Zsigmond, Lazlo Kovacs
I’m watching The Man Who Cried right now (Sacha Vierny) and I must say, he has been very impressive so far, one of the best I have ever seen.
Gianni di Venanzo, Not the best, just really good.
Also Xaver Scharzenberger. He’s real good too.
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Take your pick of topics already created.
My topic is better, so I pick this one.
Crobley, your OP has a surprising lack of content, a feature that the other 3 threads do not possess, so I have to lean towards the others here.
Plus you’re clogging up the forums with a repeat topic.
Rossoneri, there is no such thing as clogging, only room for more discussion!
Gregg Toland I previously mentioned him in another cinematography forum, but he was pretty awesome.
Crobley93, wouldn´t it make more sense to discuss the style and work of certain directors of photography instead of just having us mention a couple of names? Especially since there are already so many previous lists where all those names are mentioned which could just be checked out won´t it bring us any closer to understand who the “best” cinematographers were and what makes their work stand out.
Emmanuel Lubezki for sure. Ever since Y tu mama tambien he has captured some of the greatest images i have ever seen imo. His steadicam and hand held work is by far the most impressive. Children of men and the New World, come on.
Contemporary: Peter Deming for incredible range ( Lost Highway to Austin Powers) but the best shot film I have seen in years is probably Innocence as lensed by Benoit Debie.
Benoit Debie, Chivo Lubezki, Alex Fenton, Roger Singh, Sacha Vierny, Robert Atton, Mathew libatique, Harry Savides and raoul coutard.
Didn’t we do this on another thread …?
Well the only reason I even posted this thread was because I never really pay attention to the names of cinematographers and I felt like watching some movies with great cinematography, so I turned to the expertise of Auteurs Forum for some help!
Cesar Charlone by far. I still have the opening sequence of City of God imprinted in my brain. I also loved his work in Blindness.