21 Cinematographers in London You Should Know in 2021

People May 14, 2021

A cinematographer, also known as a director of photography, can easily make or break a production. Their support and talents are essential to fulfilling any director's vision.

Looking to hire a DoP, or maybe even to become one? Here's our list of 21 talented cinematographers in London you'll want to check out.

1. James Matthews

Filmmaker and storyteller James Matthew is known for his contemporary videos, vlogs, and filmmaker tips.

Besides having amassed a sizeable following of almost 250K subscribers on YouTube, James is also a Sony ambassador. His favorite camera for commercial work is the FS5M2 - a great choice!

Check out James's website and find his socials here:

Youtube | James Matthews
Filmmaker // Youtuber James Matthews Contact Page

2. Rina Yang

Cinematographer Rina Yang is a force to reckon with narrative filmmaking, music videos, and commercials. Her dedication and work ethic gained the recognition of being selected for the BAFTA Breakthrough 2020, and she is the first female DoP to win a cinematography award at the British Arrows.

Rina has worked with artists like Rihanna, Kendrick Lamar, Dua Lipa, Zara Larsson, and many more...

To see her impressive portfolio, check out her website at: https://rinayang.com/

3. Benedict Spence

Benedict Spence freelance cinematographer specializes in commercials and promotional videos, while also working on featured series like Netflix's The End Of The F**king World.

Benedict claims that he's "feeling his way" through his career, having had no film school education. It's working out great for him!

Find more about Benedict's work: https://www.benedictspence.com/

4. Philip Bloom

Philip Bloom world-renowned filmmaker is well-known in the circles of aspiring filmmakers. His in-depth reviews of a range of cameras helped many creators choose their perfect gear.

He's won awards and recognition with his cinematography in Salient Minus Ten and The Skiathos Cats, and his independent project How to Start a Revolution was awarded a BAFTA.

Find out more about Philip on his website:

Philip Bloom- Work | DP, Director, Filmmaker
<p>Philip Bloom- DP, Director and Filmmaker</p>

5. Olan Collardy

Olan Collardy 's cinematography is visibly influenced by his passion for art and style. His work ranges from TV drama series to promotional videos to several fashion, lifestyle and luxury brands.

Olan created a range of short films as well and got recognized as a selection for the Sundance Film Festival, the Short of The Week, and the BFI Future Film Festival.

Find Olan's work at:

SELECTED WORK | Olan Collardy Site

6. Mike Staniforth

Mike Staniforth DoP is a Mancunian-born creator whose passion for filmmaking began at a young age.

Mike started out in the field of documentary filmmaking, and his first short Shelter: a look at Manchester's homeless was awarded at multiple film festivals.

Since then he's turned his attention towards drama and features, where he envisions his future.

Check out what Mike is up to:

Mike Staniforth
<p>Mike Staniforth is a modern cinematographer based in Manchester, UK.<br />Shooting commercials, documentary and feature films.</p>

7. Edgar Dubrovskiy

Edgar Dubrovsky started out in the industry as a unit set photographer, and climbed the ladder to DPing, gaining a great amount of industry experience.

He loves being involved in post-production and the way it affects filmmaking from the very beginning.

Edgar worked on exciting projects like Running in North Korea and Master of None, and on music videos for artists like Clean Bandit and Mumford & Sons.

Check out Edgar's portfolio: https://www.edgardop.com/

8. Anna Patarakina

Anna Patarakina began studying her craft at the Russian State University of Cinematography. She relocated to London after spending several years in Sweden.

During this time she developed her style as a narrative and commercial cinematographer. She worked on music videos for established artists, and on the Netflix TV series, The One.

Find Anna's work at:

HOME | patarakina

9. Don McVey

Don McVey award-winning DoP and cameraman is experienced in a range of platforms, including commercials, documentaries, branded content, features, and more.

Don created specialized visuals for a range of artists, like Ellie Goulding, John Legend, Olly Murs. His commercial portfolio includes brands like LEGO, Cadbury, American Express, and Levi's.

Find Don's impressive portfolio at:

Don McVey | DOP | CAMERAMAN | London
<p>Director of Photography based in London with a wide range of experience across various platforms, including: Commercials, Features, Documentary, Shorts, and Music Videos.</p>

10. Diana Olifirova

Diana Olifirova is a commercial, music promo, and narrative cinematographer, who strongly believes in creating intriguing and captivating shots through action, space, and rhythm.

Diana's short films have been played at festivals worldwide, and her work on the short film All of Me won the Emerging Cinematographer's Award from the British Society of Cinematographers.

Diana worked with brands like ELLE, Dove, and Sainsbury's.

See more of her work at:

Diana Olifirova | Cinematographer
I tell stories using lighting, composition, and colour.

11. Michael Coulter

Michael Coulter is undoubtedly one of the most accomplished cinematographers in London today.

His work with feature films like Love Actually, The Bank Job, Sense and Sensibility, and more recently The Hustle has him recognized with many international awards, including an Oscar nomination.

His commercial portfolio includes brands like Nascar, Burberry, Nike, and Ford Fusion.

If you haven't yet, get familiar with Michael's work here:

Michael Coulter BSC - Cinematographer
Michael Coulter BSC - (Mick Coulter) Oscar nominated British cinematographer / director of photography

12. Richard Bell

London-based Richard Bell grew up in South Africa and lived in Australia before settling down in London.

He works on commercials, music videos, and narrative projects as a freelance DoP.

His clients include brands like the Dodge Demon and Lurpak.

Find Richard's award-winning shorts and more:

DOP London | Richard Bell | Director of Photography
London based DOP | Cinematographer focusing on commercials, Promo, Music Video and Drama Director of Photography located in London +44(0)7721674639 DOP London
cinematographer shooting a scene

13. Felix von Nida

Director and filmmaker Felix von Nida has a passion for non-scripted storytelling.

His brand films have a natural, intimate feel to them that draw in viewers emotionally.

Felix also does still photography, which you can find with the rest of his portfolio at:

Felix von Nida
freelance filmmaker Brand Stories &amp; Documentary

14. Kiosa Sukami

Kiosa Sukami is a self-shooting filmmaker, writer, and director born in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

After moving to London and graduating from film school, Kiosa built a diverse portfolio of advertising, editorial, and corporate work, next to animation, music videos, and film.

Kiosa's short films were screened at festivals like the London Short Film Festival, and the British Urban Film Festival.

Check out his website at:

Freelance Filmmaker & Videographer London | Kiosa Sukami
Kiosa Sukami is a professional corporate video, music video, filmmaker & commercial self-shooting videographer/director based in London. His unique vision and co-ordination always give him an edge as a video producer.

15. Paul Bates

Award-winning London-based filmmaker Paul Bates has a passion for creating video content that drives positive social change.

Paul has worked for clients like The National Maritime Museum, Microsoft, and Hugo Boss. His business is dedicated to reducing its carbon footprint by using 100% green renewable energy from the UK.

Find Paul's work at:

Videographer in London | Filmmaker and Editor - PAUL BATES
Videographer, filmmaker and video editor in London, creating promotional video content for brands, businesses and organisations

16. Catherine Goldschmidt

Catherine Goldschmidt is an American-British cinematographer specializing in cinematic and compelling feature films, TV shows, documentaries and, commercials.

She has worked on the latest season of Doctor Who and the Emmy-nominated Dummy, amongst others.

Catherine is one of the founding members of illuminatrix, a collective of female cinematographers in London, and across the UK.

Check out Catherine's work at:

Catherine Goldschmidt | Cinematographer

17. David Wright

David Wright, cinematographer of the Sundance Festival's 2020 Winner The Devil's Harmony has great experience in music videos and branded ads as well.

He's worked with artists like Drake, Zara Larsson, Years and Years, and Aurora, amongst many others. He's shot in over 65 countries all around the world.

Find David's work at: https://www.davidwrightdop.com/

18. Yana Rits

Yana Rits is the visual artist behind several music and fashion videos, and commercials that empower women.

Besides her passion for cinematography, she's also an avid photographer!

Learn more about Yana's projects: https://www.yanarits.com/

19. Fraser John Stephen

West London-based Fraser is a freelance cinematographer originally from Scotland.

His career started as a commercial photographer before finding his passion for filmmaking, and now he's a DoP working with cast and crew to realize the vision of the brands he works with.

His clients included Amazon Music, Royal Bank Of Scotland, Elle, and more. His films have been featured at festivals around the world.

Find Fraser's portfolio and more: https://www.fraserstephen.com/

20. Vanessa Whyte

Vanessa Whyte DoP specializes in drama, comedy, music promos, and commercials. She was recognized for several projects like Murdered for Being Different for BBC, and she won a BAFTA for her short film Operator in 2016.

Her commercial clients include brands like Gucci, Rimmel, Vogue, and Marie Claire. She also collaborated on theatre productions, and even animations.

Check out Vanessa's portfolio at: https://www.vanessawhyte.com/

21. Bart Sienkiwicz

Bart Sienkiewicz Polish cinematographer works internationally from his home base in London.

His feature film work includes sci-fi, drama, and comedy movies that were nationally recognized. He also has a penchant for TV drama and short films.

Find Bart's commercial work and features at https://bartsienkiewicz.com/

Closing thoughts

London is a place with no shortage of creatives. Whether you're looking for inspiration, the next member of your crew, or "just browsing", I hope this list introduced some visual artists you've found interesting.  

Want to learn more about the craft? Read our comprehensive guide of all you need to know about cinematography.

If you're already getting started on your next project, consider hiring a camera or even subscribing to one.

Know any talented cinematographers in London that we missed? Reach out today!

Regina Dörflinger

Regina is a digital marketing intern who enjoys creating content for the community. In her free time, she likes baking for her friends and writing fiction.