Underexposed: The Neglected Art of the Cinematographer

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The artistic contribution that Directors of Photography make to the films that they shoot, in narrative mainstream cinema, has been historically ignored in favour of the director-centred auteur theory. In order to address this imbalance a new approach to attributing authorship in film needs to be implemented, which acknowledges co-authorship in collaborative film-making. By taking established auteur methodologies Philip Cowan, himself a practising Director of Photography, analyses the role of cinematographers, and proposes new ways of evaluating their work.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-96
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Media Practice
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jun 2012


  • Cinematography
  • Film Authorship
  • Citizen Kane
  • Gregg Toland
  • Orson Welles
  • film


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