The Best Cinematography of 2019

“A cinematographer is a visual psychiatrist–moving an audience through a movie […] making them think the way you want them to think, painting pictures in the dark,” said the late, great Gordon Willis. As we continue our year-end coverage, one aspect we must highlight is, indeed, cinematography. From talented newcomers to seasoned professionals, we’ve rounded up the examples that have most impressed us this year. Check out our rundown below and, in the comments, let us know your favorite work.

Ad Astra (Hoyte Van Hoytema)

After conducting a symphony of the senses with The Lost City of Z, director James Gray moves effortlessly from jungles and rivers to the far reaches of space. Working with cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema (who also lensed Interstellar), Gray photographs a man’s journey to find his father in the abyss with elegance and finesse. Like many of the great odysseys, Ad Astra is both grand and intimate,
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