Who's the Best Director of Photography Working Today

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  1. Joe D

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    Hi folks.

    I was just looking at a free Ali poster that I received, and I saw that Dante Spinotti was not the D.P. for this film, so I was kind of dissapointed since I really love his work with Michael Mann. So it got me thinking, who is your favorite D.P. working today?

    Please state a couple films they've worked on and what you like about their work.

    My favorites:

    Bob Richardson, JFK and Bringing out the Dead.

    Dante Spinotti. Manhunter, The Insider, L.A. Confidential.
     
  2. Agee Bassett

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    Vittorio Storaro (The Conformist, Apocalypse Now, Reds).
    Simply the best cinematographer working today, and the only one I would class with the old masters (Burks, Toland, Howe, Unsworth, August, Garmes, etc.). His sense of color is second to none in the modern industry.
     
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  4. Michael Reuben

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    Roger Deakins for his stunning work on a diverse series of Coen Bros. films (most recently, the rich black-and-white on The Man Who Wasn't There), his clever use of overexposure (if that's what it was) for the flashbacks in Dinner with Friends, and his effortless ability to move from the muted to the joyously colorful (compare Shawshank Redemption with Kundun).

    Also in theaters right now is A Beautiful Mind, but that's not a film you remember for its photography.

    M.
     
  5. Mitty

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    I'll second Michael's recommendation of Roger Deakins, for the reasons he mentioned, plus his work on two other Coen brothers' films, Fargo and O Brother, Where Art Thou?.
    Fargo is a colour film which feels like B&W and 'O Brother' is not just a beautiful looking film, but innovative as well.
     
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    Roger Deakins, Janusz Kaminski, Donald McAlpine
     
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    Robert Elswit

    Robert Richardson

    Janusz Kaminski
     

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