Matthew Libatique’s cinematography will get inside your head. One of the most admired directors of photography working today, Libatique has a talent for creating visual styles that respond to and mirror a character’s psychological state. His cerebral work on the films of Darren Aronofsky, like Requiem for a Dream and Pi, complements the very physical and visceral experiences he creates in other films, like Spike Lee’s Inside Man and Jon Favreau’s Iron Man. Whether he’s spinning the camera to generate the point of view of a twirling ballerina, or using a snorricam to keep us glued to a character’s panicked motion, Libatique is sure to make you feel what a character feels. In our latest installment of our series on cinematographers, Language of the Image, we take a look at why Matthew Libatique is a filmmaker to know and cherish.

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In case you’ve missed our previous installments of Language of the Image, be sure to check out our profiles of Bradford Young, Rachel Morrison, and Vittorio Storaro. And, while you’re here, brush up on your knowledge of other directors of photography with our list of twelve essential women cinematographers, and our profile of the great Roger Deakins.