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Top 10 Most Influential Cinematographers Voted on by Camera Guild.

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Who are the most influential cinematographers in the relatively brief history of filmmaking? Billy Bitzer, Jordan Cronenweth, ASC, Conrad L. Hall, ASC, James Wong Howe, ASC, Sven Nykvist, ASC, Vittorio Storaro, ASC, AIC, Gregg Toland, ASC, Haskell Wexler, ASC, Gordon Willis, ASC, Freddie Young, BSC, and Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC topped the list according to a survey of International Cinematographers Guild (ICG) members. They will be recognized on a Wall of Fame at the Guild's new national headquarters on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. ICG will celebrate its 75th anniversary and commemorate the opening of the new building at a gala event on November 8.

"We didn't ask our members to select the most talented or creative cinematographers, because that would be like asking artists to choose between Dali and Rembrandt," says ICG National President George Spiro Dibie, ASC. "We invited them to choose the cinematographers who have done the most to influence the art form. More than 300 cinematographers received votes."

The ICG Top 10 Most Influential Cinematographers list, which is comprised of 11 names due to a tie, features cinematographers whose work spans the history of the industry. Bitzer (BIRTH OF A NATION), Howe (THE ROSE TATTOO), Toland (WUTHERING HEIGHTS) and Young (LAWRENCE OF ARABIA) were in the first and second generation of cinematographers who were literally inventing a new visual language. Cronenweth (BLADE RUNNER), Hall (BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID), Nykvist (CRIES AND WHISPERS), Storaro (APOCALYPSE NOW), Wexler (WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?), Willis (THE GODFATHER), and Zsigmond (THE DEER HUNTER) were in the front ranks of a new wave of filmmakers who transformed the art form beginning in the 1950s. They were "outsiders" with diverse backgrounds and different ways of thinking than the Hollywood cinematographers who worked under contracts at studios.

There are some 6,000 ICG members, including cinematographers and camera crews who create the images for virtually all studio features and narrative films produced for U.S. television networks and cable outlets, in addition to most of the best commercials, music videos and documentaries, and television news. ICG also represents still photographers and publicists who work on these projects. For additional information, visit the International Cinematographers Guild website at .

CONTACT: Bob Fisher, +1-760-438-5250,, for International Cinematographers Guild

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