Roger Deakins is quite literally one of my favorite people working in cinema today. Period. At age 61, he is considered an icon in the world of film cinematography. He works nearly exclusively with Joel and Ethan Coen, and photographed their best work including the white plains of Fargo, the orange and gray of O Brother and the dark world of No Country for Old Men. Deakins has done wonderful work with other filmmakers, most notably on The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which is not without its flaws, but the picaresque cinematography is not one of them.
Wally Pfister, also a cinematographer, is held as nearly in high esteem. As with Deakins his work is linked with a director, Chris Nolan, and his signature crisp images.
Both nominated for Oscars this year. Deakins for True Grit, Pfister for Inception. They are both at the top of their game and are two of the best at what they do, and neither have won an Oscar. Below are interviews with each conducted by David Poland at Movie City News.com who has a library of 30 minute sit downs with big names working in the business today.