This stupendous book is a study and tribute to 150 of cinema's often most under appreciated artists - the cinematographers. Covering every period of cinema world wide over the last 100 years and just about every cinematographer worth mentioning, this is an incredible achievement by the authors and a must for serious film students. Each profile covers two pages; with a photo (that alone is invaluable as we can now put faces to those much loved names) and brief biography of the subject and a detailed analysis of a trademark film he was director of photography for. On the other page are double vision photographs of the film in question, specially reworked by the brilliant cinematographer Vittorio Storaro who serves as one of the editors of this towering achievement. This is obviously a great labor of love for all concerned and I for one really appreciate the effort because I have always admired the work of the "cameraman" and always take note who was DOP on a film. You may hate a film because of the bad direction, poor acting, appalling script or overwrought music, but can you really name a film that has been badly photographed. These guys are true artistes! The book is written in both English and Italian, is beautifully designed and as a bonus, there is a 100-minute DVD featuring images from all the films mentioned. An expensive book but considering the content well worth the price.