August 11, 2016

Watch: Meet 12 Essential Female Cinematographers

This stunning montage will make you wonder why female DPs don't get more work.

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?

Fandor Keyframe's Jacob T. Swinney highlighted some of the best working female cinematographers today. Commit these names to memory; one day, you'll hear them at the Oscars.

Featured cinematographers

Top article image from 'Holy Motors'

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Great post!!!!

August 11, 2016 at 1:22PM

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Ben Meredith
Cinematographer/Filmmaker
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Awesome!

August 11, 2016 at 2:32PM, Edited August 11, 2:32PM

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Thales Banzai
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August 11, 2016 at 3:50PM

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Yes!! AMAZING.

August 11, 2016 at 7:38PM

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Oren Soffer
Director of Photography
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Amy Vincent's Black Snake Moan stole the show, impeccable. Also, wrt cinematography tutorials, I guess everyone is following Shane Halbert's Instagram page, Trust me it's as good as a MasterClass. Thank you Shane, this is the best thing ever in terms of learning about on set cinematography. Respect.

August 11, 2016 at 9:54PM

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Arun Meegada
Moviemaker in the Making
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I really love women touch in cinematography. I can usually recognize it. My favourite one is Bamboozled!

August 12, 2016 at 5:13AM

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The still is from Holy Motors because Caroline Champetier was 1 of the 2 cinematographers of Holy Motors.
If you haven't seen this movie: go watch it!
It is crazy, bizarre and original :-)

August 13, 2016 at 10:45AM, Edited August 13, 10:45AM

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WalterBrokx
Director, DOP, Writer, Editor, Producer
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the work of Ellen Kuras, is just amazing! she had to be on that list.

August 16, 2016 at 6:59AM

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rodrigo calderon
director / dp / creative director
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Nice post..

April 13, 2018 at 12:57AM

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Justine Marie
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