The Hollywood gender divide isn’t exclusive to acting or directing; there is a serious gap in the world of cinematography, notwithstanding some of the boundless, triumphant work that has been created by women in the past decade (and then some). For every Roger Deakins or Emmanuel Lubezki there’s a Reed Morano or a Maryse Alberti, women who have shot some of the most notoriously beautiful and breathtaking films, yet you, and even this author alike, perhaps didn’t know about all of them. One can hope that within the next few years and another cycle of movies that these cinematographers will get even more accolades and become household names.
In a new video from Jacob T. Sweeney of Fandor, he compiles a list of the twelve greatest female cinematographers, syncopating clips from their finest hours into a melange of aesthetic perfection. The aforementioned Alberti makes the list with her stunning work on “Velvet Goldmine,” Darren Aronofsky‘s “The Wrestler,” and the more recent Michael B. Jordan-starring “Creed.” Natasha Braier makes the list for her unforgettable work on this year’s “The Neon Demon” (read our review here), and 2014’s “The Rover,” while Caroline Champelier‘s camerawork on Leos Carax‘s brilliant “Holy Motors” and “Of Gods And Men” juxtaposes the inimitable Ellen Kuras‘s shots of Coney Island in “He Got Game,” a drug-wielding Johnny Depp in “Blow,” and Michel Gondry‘s magnificent “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.”
Watch the video for some other grand pieces of work by the most talented women in the business. Do you have a favorite moment from a female cinematographer? Let us know in the comments below. [One Perfect Shot]