Cinematographers in History

Birthdays in Film & TV

  • 1892-01-06 Ludwig Berger, German film director and cinematographer (The Thief of Bagdad), born in Mainz (d. 1969)
  • 1894-08-02 Hal Mohr [Harold Leon Mohr], American Cinematographer and husband of Evelyn Venable (Captain Blood), born in San Francisco, California (d. 1974)
  • 1898-07-17 Osmond Borradaile, Canadian cinematographer (d. 1999)
  • 1901-10-05 John Alton [Johann Jacob Altmann], American cinematographer, born in Sopron, Austria-Hungary (d. 1996)
  • 1902-03-27 Charles Bryant Lang Jr., American cinematographer, born in Bluff, Utah (d. 1998)
  • 1902-10-09 Freddie Young, British cinematographer (Lawrence of Arabia), born in London (d. 1998)
  • 1903-02-12 Joseph F. Biroc, American cinematographer (d. 1996)
  • 1908-05-22 Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker and cinematographer (Tang), born in Bangkok, Thailand (d. 1970)
  • 1908-11-04 Stanley Cortez, American cinematographer (Magnificent Ambersons), born in NYC, New York (d. 1997)
  • 1910-12-30 Herman van der Horst, Dutch cinematographer (Faja Lobbi)
  • 1912-08-29 Wolfgang Suschitzky, Austrian-Polish cinematographer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 2016)
  • 1913-02-10 Douglas Slocombe, British cinematographer (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Raiders of the Lost Ark), born in London (d. 2016)
  • 1914-08-07 Ted Moore, South African-British cinematographer (James Bond), born in Western Cape, South Africa (d. 1987)
  • 1914-09-18 Jack Cardiff, British cinematographer (Black Narcissus), born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk (d. 2009)
  • 1914-12-04 Claude Renoir, French cinematographer (Spy Who Loved Me), born in Paris, France (d. 1993)
  • 1919-03-18 Christopher Challis, British cinematographer
  • 1919-08-10 Sacha Vierny, French cinematographer (d. 2001)
  • 1921-03-02 Norman T. Hatch, American oscar-winning marine cinematographer during WWII (With the Marines at Tarawa), born in Boston (d. 2017)
  • 1922-03-04 Richard E. Cunha, American cinematographer and film director (d. 2005)
  • 1922-12-03 Sven Nykvist, Swedish cinematographer (Cries and Whispers), born in Moheda, Kronobergs län, Sweden (d. 2006)
  • 1925-03-23 David Watkin, English cinematographer (d. 2008)
  • 1926-02-06 Haskell Wexler, American cinematographer & director, born in Chicago, Illinois (d. 2015)
  • 1926-05-08 Erico Menczer, Fiume Italy, cinematographer (Chosen, Miranda)
  • 1926-06-21 Conrad Hall, Tahitian-American cinematographer, born in Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia (d. 2003)
  • 1927-04-24 Pasqualino de Santis, Italian cinematographer, born in Fondi, Latina, Italy (d. 1996)
  • 1928-08-15 Nicolas Roeg, English cinematographer and director (Aria, Eureka), born in London, England (d. 2018)
  • 1930-06-16 Vilmos Zsigmond, Hungarian-American cinematographer (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), born in Szeged, Hungary (d. 2016)
  • 1930-10-30 Néstor Almendros, Spanish cinematographer (Kramer vs Kramer), born in Barcelona (d. 1992)
  • 1934-03-08 Ron Taylor, Australian cinematographer (Those Amazing Animals), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2012)
  • 1934-06-12 John A. Alonzo, American cinematographer (pioneered handheld work, lighting techniques and HD video development), born in Dallas, Texas (d. 2001)
  • 1937-07-23 Bruce Surtees, American cinematographer (Dirty Harry, Lenny), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2012)
  • 1940-04-04 Robby Müller, Dutch cinematographer (Breaking the Waves, Dead Man, Korczak), born in Willemstad, Curaçao, Kingdom of the Netherlands (d. 2018)
  • 1940-05-31 Elfi Mikesch, cinematographer (Erotique, Out of America, Malina)
  • 1940-06-24 Vittorio Storaro, cinematographer (Taxi, Little Buddha, Dick Tracy)
  • 1941-07-03 Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Indian film director and cinematographer (Kathapurushan, Mathulikal), born in Mannadi, Travancore, British India
  • 1941-07-25 Peter Suschitzky, Polish-British cinematographer and photographer, born in London
  • 1942-08-29 James Glennon, American cinematographer, born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2006)
  • 1946-11-04 Frederick Elmes, American cinematographer (The Night Of), born in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey

Person of interestRoger Deakins

1949-05-24 Roger Deakins, English cinematographer (Blade Runner 2049), born in Torquay, Devon, England

Cinematographer Roger Deakins
Cinematographer
Roger Deakins
  • 1955-08-27 Robert Richardson, American cinematographer

Person of interestJanusz Kamiński

1959-06-27 Janusz Kamiński, Polish cinematographer (Schindler's List), born in Ziębice, Poland

Cinematographer Janusz Kamiński
Cinematographer
Janusz Kamiński
  • 1967-09-09 Laurence Tremolet, French cinematographer and actress (Cyclo, Metisse), born in Rodez, France
  • 1969-07-19 Matthew Libatique, American cinematographer

Weddings in Film & TV


LoveWedding of Interest

1986-09-01 Actress Whoopi Goldberg (30) weds cinematographer David Claessen

LoveWedding of Interest

1995-05-20 "Broadcast News" actress Holly Hunter (37) weds cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (35)

Actress Holly Hunter
Actress
Holly Hunter
Cinematographer Janusz Kamiński
Cinematographer
Janusz Kamiński
  • 2000-03-04 "American Beauty" actress Mena Suvari (21) weds cinematographer Robert Brinkmann (38)

LoveWedding of Interest

2003-08-22 Film director Leni Riefenstahl (101) weds cinematographer Horst Kettner (59)

Film director Leni Riefenstahl
Film director
Leni Riefenstahl

LoveWedding of Interest

2004-01-12 Two-time Oscar-winning cinematographer Janusz Kaminski (44) weds ABC-TV correspondent Rebecca Rankin in Los Angeles

Cinematographer Janusz Kamiński
Cinematographer
Janusz Kamiński
  • 2012-11-17 Award-winning Chinese actress Chen Yao (33) weds cinematographer Yu Cao in Queenstown, New Zealand

Deaths in Film & TV

  • 1948-09-28 Gregg Toland, cinematographer, dies at 44
  • 1953-05-30 George Barnes, cinematographer, dies at 60
  • 1969-05-18 Ludwig Berger, German film director & cinematographer (The Thief of Bagdad), dies at 77
  • 1970-08-17 Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker and cinematographer (Tang), dies at 62
  • 1974-05-10 Hal Mohr [Harold Leon Mohr], American Cinematographer and husband of Evelyn Venable (Captain Blood), dies at 74
  • 1984-01-06 Ernest Laszlo, Hungarian-U.S. cinematographer (b. 1898)
  • 1985-01-05 Robert L. Surtees, American Oscar-winning cinematographer (Ben-Hur) (b. 1906
  • 1991-06-03 Andy Milligan, cinematographer/director (Sweeney Todd), dies at 62
  • 1992-03-04 Néstor Almendros, Spanish cinematographer (Kramer vs Kramer), dies at 61
  • 1993-09-05 Claude Renoir, French cinematographer (Spy Who Loved Me), dies at 78
  • 1993-10-24 Tonino Nardi, Italian cinematographer (Porte Manifest), dies at 54
  • 1996-06-02 John Alton, cinematographer, dies at 94
  • 1996-06-23 Pasqualino de Santis, Italian cinematographer, dies at 69
  • 1997-12-23 Stanley Cortez, American cinematographer (Magnificent Ambersons), dies at 89
  • 1998-12-01 Freddie Young, British cinematographer (Lawrence of Arabia), dies at 96
  • 2001-03-13 John A. Alonzo, American cinematographer (pioneered handheld work, lighting techniques and HD video development), dies at 66
  • 2001-06-15 Henri Alekan, French cinematographer (b. 1909)
  • 2003-01-04 Conrad Hall, Tahitian-American cinematographer, dies at 76
  • 2005-01-10 Erwin Hillier, British cinematographer (b. 1911)
  • 2006-09-20 Sven Nykvist, Swedish cinematographer (Cries and Whispers), dies at 83
  • 2006-10-19 James Glennon, American cinematographer, dies at 64
  • 2007-07-22 Laszlo Kovacs, Hungarian-born cinematographer (b. 1933)
  • 2009-04-22 Jack Cardiff, British cinematographer (Black Narcissus), dies at 94
  • 2010-05-31 William A. Fraker, American cinematographer (b. 1923)
  • 2012-02-23 Bruce Surtees, American cinematographer (Dirty Harry, Lenny), dies at 74
  • 2012-09-09 Ron Taylor, Australian shark expert and cinematographer, dies from myeloid leukemia at 78
  • 2012-10-09 Harris Savides, American cinematographer., dies from brain cancer at 55
  • 2015-12-27 Haskell Wexler, American cinematographer and director, dies at 93
  • 2016-01-01 Vilmos Zsigmond, Hungarian-born American cinematographer (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), dies at 85
  • 2016-02-22 Douglas Slocombe, British cinematographer (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Raiders of the Lost Ark), dies at 103
  • 2017-04-22 Norman T. Hatch, American oscar-winning marine cinematographer during WWII (With the Marines at Tarawa), dies at 96
  • 2018-07-03 Robby Müller, Dutch cinematographer (Breaking the Waves, Dead Man, Korczak), dies at 78
  • 2018-11-23 Nicolas Roeg, English cinematographer and director (Aria, Eureka), dies of natural causes at 90