Have you ever heard of a woman who was nominated for an Oscar for Best Cinematography? Nah? That's because, in the entire history of the Academy Awards, not a single female cinematographer has been on the list. It's the only category for which that statement holds true—and it's not for want of eligible women producing awards-worthy work. (Why didn't Maryse Alberti get nominated for Creed ?)
That being said, there are far fewer female cinematographers getting hired than their male counterparts. As of 2015's Celluloid Ceiling report, female cinematographers shot only 6% of the top 250-grossing films that year. With collectives and databases of talented female DPs readily available online, what will it take to dispel the myth that cinematography is a man's job?
- Maryse Alberti (Creed)
- Maya Bankovic (The Rainbow Kid)
- Natasha Braier (Neon Demon)
- Caroline Champetier (Of Gods and Men)
- Charlotte Bruus Christensen (The Hunt)
- Autumn Durald (Palo Alto)
- Agnes Godard (Golden Door)
- Ellen Kuras (Bamboozled)
- Reed Morano (The Skeleton Twins)
- Rachel Morrison (Fruitvale Station)
- Amy Vincent (Dope)
- Mandy Walker (Australia)
Top article image from 'Holy Motors'