Steven Andrew Soderbergh (born January 14, 1963) is an American film producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, editor, and an Academy Award-winning film director. He is best known for directing the films Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Erin Brockovich, Traffic, Ocean's Eleven and rest of the Ocean's series, Che and The Informant!.
Ricou Browning (born February 16, 1930) is an American film director, actor, producer and underwater cinematographer and action specialist. Browning was born in Fort Pierce, Florida and was a physical education major at Florida State University. He grew up to start a career in water shows, moving on to produce shows.
Gottfried Wilhelm "Billy" Bitzer (b. April 21, 1874, Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, d. April 29, 1944) was a pioneering cinematographer notable for his close association with D. W. Griffith, working with him on some of his most important films and contributing significantly to cinematic innovations attributed to Griffith.
Ron Fricke is an American film director and cinematographer, considered to be a master of time-lapse photography and large format cinematography. He was the director of photography for Koyaanisqatsi (1982) and directed the purely cinematic non-verbal non-narrative feature Baraka (1992). He designed and used his own 70mm camera equipment for Baraka and his later projects. He also directed the IMAX films Chronos (1985) and Sacred Site (1986).
Barry Sonnenfeld (born April 1, 1953) is an American filmmaker and television director. He worked as cinematographer for the Coen Brothers, then later he directed and produced big budget films such as Men in Black.
Paul Strand (October 16, 1890 – March 31, 1976) was an American photographer and filmmaker who, along with fellow modernist photographers like Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston, helped establish photography as an art form in the 20th century. His diverse body of work, spanning six decades, covers numerous genres and subjects throughout the Americas, Europe and Africa.
Lance Acord, A.S.C. (born September 9, 1964) is an American cinematographer. Acord was born in Marin County, California. He attended Sir Francis Drake High School's School Within A School (S.W.A.S. ) program and went on to study photography and filmmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute. He began his professional career with photographer/filmmaker Bruce Weber. Together they made documentaries, commercials, and music videos. Acord continued to work extensively in the latter mediums.
Gregg Toland, A.S.C. (May 29, 1904, Charleston, Illinois – September 26, 1948, Los Angeles, California) was an American cinematographer noted for his innovative use of lighting and techniques such as deep focus, an example of which can be found in his work on Orson Welles' Citizen Kane. During the 1930s, Toland became the youngest cameraman in Hollywood but soon one of its most sought-after cinematographers.
Garrett Brown (native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) an American cinematographer, best known as the inventor of the Steadicam. Brown's invention allows cameramen to film while walking without the normal shaking and jostles of a handheld camera.
Neal L. Fredericks (July 24, 1969 in Newport Beach, California - August 14, 2004 in the Florida Keys) was an American motion picture cinematographer, most famous for The Blair Witch Project, noted and praised by critics for its distinctive cinéma vérité style of camera work. His other credits include Dreamers, Killer Me, The Stonecutter, Erosion, The Burkittsville 7, and Abominable. During his life, Fredericks lived in California, Guam, Spain, Florida, and Maryland.
Ray Dennis Steckler (January 25, 1938 – January 7, 2009), also known by the pseudonym Cash Flagg, was an American film director, producer, screenwriter and actor best known as the low-budget auteur of such cult films as The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies. In addition to Cash Flagg, Steckler was also known by the pseudonyms Sven Christian, Sven Hellstrom, Harry Nixon, Michael J. Rogers, Michel J.
Stanley Cortez, A.S.C. (born Stanislaus Krantz; November 4, 1908 – December 23, 1997) was an American cinematographer. He worked on over seventy films, including Orson Welles' The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), Charles Laughton's The Night of the Hunter (1955), Nunnally Johnson's The Three Faces of Eve (1957), and Samuel Fuller's Shock Corridor (1963) and The Naked Kiss (1964).
George Greenough is an innovative surfer and cinematographer from Santa Barbara, California who now resides in Byron Bay in N.S. W Australia. He was born to a wealthy family but despised its trappings and spent most of his time in the ocean. Greenough is best known for creating the modern surfboard fin. He altered the design from a wide based, cumbersome keel to a more powerful and efficient dolphin fin-like foil.
Floyd Delafield Crosby, A.S.C. (December 12, 1899 – 30 September 1985) was an award winning American cinematographer. Crosby was born and raised in West Philadelphia, the son of Julia Floyd and Frederick Van Schoonhoven Crosby. In 1940, he married Aliph Van Cortland Whitehead and had two children, one of whom is David Crosby of The Byrds and Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. He divorced Aliph in 1960 and married Betty Cormack in the same year.
Peter Hyams (born July 26, 1943) is an American screenwriter, director and cinematographer, probably best known for directing the 1984 sci-fi adventure 2010 (the sequel to Stanley Kubrick's '), Capricorn One, the comic book adaptation Timecop and the Arnold Schwarzenegger horror/action blockbuster End of Days..
Roy H. Wagner, A.S.C. is a two-time Emmy-winning cinematographer known for dramatic, dark imagery. Named by Kodak as one of the "Top 100 Directors of Photography in the World" Wagner's career has spanned 35 years in the motion picture and television industries. He has also received the ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography for a Miniseries.
John Toll A.S.C. is a Cleveland-born American cinematographer. In 1978 he worked on his first film, Norma Rae, as camera operator. He won back-to-back Academy Awards for Best Cinematography in 1994 and 1995, for the movies Legends of the Fall and Braveheart. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for his work on The Thin Red Line in 1998 and a Primetime Emmy Award for the pilot of Breaking Bad.
John Alton A.S.C. (October 5, 1901 – June 2, 1996), born Johann Altmann, in Sopron/Ödenburg, Austria-Hungary, was an American cinematographer. Alton won an Academy Award for An American in Paris (1951).
Ernest Palmer (born in Kansas City, Missouri, December 6, 1885; died in Pacific Palisades, California, February 22, 1978) was a Hollywood cinematographer for more than 160 films. His earliest known credit was for a 1912 adaptation of Ivanhoe. In 1941, Palmer won an Academy Award for Best Cinematography (in collaboration with Ray Rennahan) for Blood and Sand. Palmer was nominated on several other occasions - in 1928 for Four Devils, in 1929 for Street Angel, and in 1950 for Broken Arrow.
Ernest Roscoe Dickerson A.S.C. (usually credited as Ernest R. Dickerson or Ernest Dickerson, born June 25, 1951) is an American film and television director and cinematographer. He is known for his frequent collaborations with Spike Lee.
Russell B. Harlan, A.S.C. (September 16, 1903 - February 28, 1974) was an American cinematographer. Born in Los Angeles, California, Russell Harlan witnessed the city's development from the construction of its first film studio to being the center for motion picture production in the United States. Harlan embarked on a career in film as an actor and stuntman but by the early 1930s was pursuing his interest behind the camera as an assistant.