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Film 101: What Is the Director of Photography and Is Director of Photography the Same as Cinematographer?

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Aug 2, 2021 • 9 min read

The director of photography is an integral part of the storytelling process as they are the person who captures the director’s vision on camera. The relationship between a director and his or her DP is a deeply collaborative one and often spans multiple films.