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Cinematography is the art and the craft of the authorship of visual images for the cinema, extending from conception and preproduction through postproduction to the ultimate presentation of the images. All and any processes that may affect these images are the direct responsibility and interest of the Cinematographer.
Cinematography is not a subcategory of photography. Rather, photography is but one craft that the cinematographer uses in addition to othef physical, organizational, managerial, interpretive and image-manipulating trechniques to effect one coherent process.
Cinematography is a creative and interpretive process that culminates in the authorship of an original work rather than the simple recording of the physical event.The images that the Cinematographer brings to the screen come from the artistic vision, imagination and skill of the Cinematographer as he or she works within collaborative reltionship with fellow artists.

- John Hora,ASC

See also camera, photographic film, film formats, digital cinema, video, film technique, forced perspective