Cinematography is an aspect of filmmaking that often goes overlooked and undervalued. Sure folks can spot pretty pictures, but the job of a director of photography is much more than making things look good. It involves camera placement, lighting, camera moves, framing—and the best cinematographers know that to maintain the artistic integrity of the film itself, all of these should be motivated by character or story. It’s an incredibly complex job and is an artform all its own.
So with any number of superlatives being thrown out at year’s end, I wanted to highlight the very best cinematography from 2015. It wasn’t easy—there were plenty of great examples to choose from, and the diversity of content was at once refreshing and daunting. But I’ve selected what I see as the best cinematography of the year, so without further ado, let’s get into it.