This year has already featured some standout work when it comes to cinematography. From the nerve-wracking shadows of Jordan Peele’s “Us” (Mike Gioulakis) to the vibrant 35mm photography of Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (Robert Richardson, an instant Oscar contender), 2019 has been a visual knockout at the movies and things are only set to get more eye-popping as the fall movie season begins. From major Hollywood tentpoles like “Doctor Sleep,” “1917,” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” to indie awards hopefuls such as “Jojo Rabbit” and “Uncut Gems” and foreign titles “Parasite” and “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” there is an overwhelming amount of visually-appealing cinema set to hit fall festivals and movie theaters this season. Even better, the fall awards season marks the return of such cinematography heavyweights as Roger Deakins, Rachel Morrison, Darius Khondji, Hoyte van Hoytema, and more.
As the fall awards season gets started with the major festivals (Venice, TIFF, Telluride, and New York), IndieWire has singled out the 30 cinematographers that every moviegoer needs to know through the remainder of 2019. Whether or not these films become Oscar contenders is beside the point. What’s important here is that these 30 behind-the-camera artists are all shaping the look of cinema and will continue to do so for years to come.
The following list of cinematographers is presented in alphabetical order.