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Top Ten Directors of Photography

By: Josh Timmermann

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Posted 11/13/2006 - 08:01:38 AM by meatbreak:
 How come all these films were made in the last few years? Some good choices and some odd ones too. Do a couple f great scenes in a film really warrant cally the director of photography a genius? Like Jarhead that you mention - The shot you must surely be thinking of is the one with the oil wells of fire when they're walking up the dunes. I was seriously impressed by that scene, and not much else.

I recommend Sergei Urussevsky for his work in Soy Cuba - probably and arguably the best looking film ever shot, and certainly one of the best films I have ever seen by some margin. The camera work in that still confounds the imagination today and it was made in 1964.

P.S. Last days is a fantastic, depressive slow slide to the grave. Can i really be the only person who thinks it's amaqzing? (except for the crappy soul-leaving-body thing, which was a bad bad bad idea)
Posted 11/13/2006 - 08:50:26 AM by Gobman:
 The only major problem I have with this list is the exclusion of Robby Müller. Admittedly, he hasn't done much since 24 Hour Party People, but the number of fantastically photographed films in his resume should definitely secure him a place in the list, in my opinion, he would likely outrank Christopher Doyle.
Posted 11/14/2006 - 02:59:53 AM by agnamaracs:
 Rudolph Maté? He did Dreyer's "Passion of Joan of Arc" and is responsible for my single favorite shot of all time, from Hitchcock's "Foreign Correspondent" (when an assassin runs through a crowd holding umbrellas).
Posted 11/14/2006 - 05:31:50 PM by J.Timmermann:
 meatbreak/agnamaracs: "What follows below is a personal list of the ten best directors of photography in the business right now."
Posted 11/20/2006 - 11:42:45 PM by asimler:
 Great piece. I totally agree with your choices. Before I even started to read it, I said to myself 'If Chris Doyle is #1, then the rest of the list is invalid'. Great job.
Posted 11/20/2006 - 11:44:23 PM by asimler:
 That is, should be an isn't above. Doyle is the obvious choice. Darn typos.