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Jeffrey Scott Cronenweth, ASC[1] (born January 14, 1962) is an American cinematographer based in Los Angeles, California who is known for his role as the director of photography on the David Fincher films Fight Club, The Social Network, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (the latter two earned him Academy Award for Best Cinematography nominations). He graduated from the USC School of Cinematic Arts and was invited to join the cinematographers branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2004.[2] He is the son of Jordan Cronenweth, one of the most influential cinematographers in motion picture history.[3]

Jeff Cronenweth
Born (1962-01-14) January 14, 1962 (age 57)
Years active1984-present



Jeff worked with father Jordan Cronenweth (cinematographer most notable for Blade Runner) as a camera loader and second assistant camera during high school,[4] working his way up to first assistant camera and then camera operator until the mid-1990s. The first major motion picture where he acted as a DP was Fight Club. Other notable feature films on which he worked as a DP are One Hour Photo, K-19: The Widowmaker, Down With Love, The Social Network, Hitchcock, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, and Gone Girl.

Jeff and his brother Tim ("The Cronenweths") have worked as a director/DP team, doing numerous commercials and music videos in and out of Los Angeles.

In 2011, Cronenweth was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on The Social Network.

In 2012, Cronenweth was nominated for a second time for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography for his work on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.


Jeff is known for his dim-lit, close-up, long shot filming as shown in Fight Club including many of the music videos and commercials he has worked on. As he says of Fight Club, "Whether we were inside or outside, we always wanted to keep a shallow depth of field to keep the audience focused on what we wanted them to see."[5]



  1. ^ "The ASC Roster". American Society of Cinematographers. Archived from the original on June 19, 2018. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  2. ^ Jeff Cronenweth - Biography
  3. ^ "Jordan Cronenweth". Archived from the original on 2017-09-07. Retrieved 2014-10-14.
  4. ^ Jeff Cronenweth
  5. ^ Anarchy in the USA - page 3

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