cin·​e·​ma·​tog·​ra·​pher | \ ˌsi-nə-mə-ˈtä-grə-fər How to pronounce cinematographer (audio) \

Definition of cinematographer

: a specialist in cinematography

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The protagonist's simmering psychosis is echoed in the unrest rippling through the city, given gritty, grubby textures and deep, rich hues by cinematographer Lawrence Sher. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Joker': Film Review | Venice 2019," 31 Aug. 2019 That blueprint is then forwarded to key members of the production team: line producer Lana Pitkin, production designer Ricardo Barcelo, cinematographer James Griffith and directors Tim Wolochatiuk and Mark Mainguy. Daniel Vaillancourt, Los Angeles Times, "‘Air Disasters’: Smithsonian Channel’s hit has a recipe of compelling stories," 30 Aug. 2019 Honeyland treats her practice with profound reverence, and cinematographer Fejmi Daut films the shadows in the Muratova dwelling just the way that Caravaggio painted saints. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Honeyland Is a Stinging Allegory for Man-Made Disaster," 9 Aug. 2019 Favreau and his crew shot The Lion King as one would any conventional movie: with dollies, cranes, and other tools that let cinematographer Caleb Deschanel get just the right angles. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Disney's New Lion King Is the VR-Fueled Future of Cinema," 20 June 2019 In Cameroon the police mistook Herzog’s cinematographer for an escaped mercenary facing a death sentence. Peter Keough,, "In Focus: Werner Herzog offers up a desert diptych," 1 Aug. 2019 Directed by acclaimed Brooklyn filmmaker John Crowley, The Goldfinch also stars Luke Wilson, Sarah Paulson, Jeffrey Wright, Finn Wolfhard, Denis O’Hare, and Ashleigh Cummings, and was shot by legendary cinematographer Roger Deakins. Joey Nolfi,, "Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman lead emotional new Goldfinch trailer," 24 July 2019 That includes esteemed cinematographer Caleb Deschanel, a six-time Oscar nominee. Washington Post, "25 years later, ‘The Lion King’ roars again (with Beyoncé)," 16 July 2019 And the tense group dynamics are suspended, at least at first, by the weird splendor of the gathering that awaits them — a spectacle that cinematographer Pawel Pogorzelski captures in a succession of breathtakingly composed and choreographed images. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: In the unsettling ‘Midsommar,’ the nightmare unfolds in broad daylight," 3 July 2019

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1897, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cinematographer was in 1897

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