10 Contemporary Cinematographers You Should Know

Robert Richardson

HIGHLIGHTS: JFK, Hugo, Kill Bill, Natural Born Killers, Inglourious Basterds, Bringing Out the Dead, The Horse Whisperer, Snow Falling on Cedars, The Aviator, Nixon, Platoon
AWARDS: Three Oscars, four nominations; ten ASC award nominations
TRADEMARK: Richardson was Oliver Stone’s regular cinematographer through 1997’s U Turn (they parted ways right around the time Stone’s filmography took a quality dip — coincidence?); in the years since, he’s made several films with Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino, among others. If you’re looking for a tip-off that you’re watching a Richardson movie, look up; the use of powerful, almost blown-out top lighting is one of his specialties. He also helped Stone develop the mixed-media shooting style that became so prevalent in the filmmaker’s ’90s movies, and has also crept its way into films like Kill Bill.
UP NEXT: Reteaming with Tarantino for Django Unchained this Christmas; he also lensed the troubled World War Z, out next year.

Those are some of our favorite contemporary cinematographers — who are yours?