Variety has published its annual list of “10 Cinematographers to Watch.” The list is heavily indie-focused, highlighting DPs who have earned kudos for their work on low-budget projects for indie breakouts such as Ryan Coogler, Damien Chazelle, Diane Bell, Eliza Hittman, David and Nathan Zellner, Thomas Vinterberg, J.C. Candor, Ava DuVernay and others.
See the full list below (along with some of their most noteworthy credits) in the order listed by Variety:
Jarin Blaschke (Robert Egger’s “The Witch”)
Martin Ahlgren (“House of Cards”)
Zak Mulligan (Diane Bell’s “Obselidia”)
Charlotte Bruus Christensen (Thomas Vinterberg’s “The Hunt”)
Sharone Meir (Damien Chazelle’s “Whiplash”)
Radium Cheung (Sean Baker’s “Tangerine,” J.C. Chandor’s “All Is Lost”)
Rachel Morrison (Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station,” Rick Famuyiwa’s “Dope”)
Sean Porter (“Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter,” Eliza Hittman’s “It Felt Like Love”)
Nigel Bluck (Alain Choquart’s “Ladygrey”)
Bradford Young (Ava Duvernay’s “Selma,” J.C. Chandor’s “A Most Violent Year”)
They’re a worthy lot who deserves all the attention they get. At the same time, the criteria for inclusion here is suspect: Alongside some of the newcomers, one can find established and award-winning DPs such as Rachel Morrison, Radium Cheung, Bradford Young and Sean Porter.
What do you think? Are there other worthy cinematographers who didn’t make the cut? Share your suggestions in the comments section below.