An artistic number to the art of photography but I believe that the presence of so many important photographers from its birth to the present day gives it the right to be treated as an independent art and let whoever wants to rank it where he wants. It should also be noted that photography in cinema as a profession has nothing to do with that of applied photography. Different training and other knowledge is required for both cases. After all the name of the photographer who shoots a film is also different. His official title as spelled out in the languages I know is Cinematographer in English Directeur de la photographie Director of Photography in French Director of Photography in Italian and Cinematographer or again Director of Photography in Greek.
The word photographer in the language of cinema refers to the photographer on the set who captures a few scenes before they are shot to serve in the commercial promotion of the film. An artistic proposal and language can only be the vision of a person e-commerce photo editing an artist a creator. In photography this is this is the director. He has ultimate responsibility for all collaborators and contributors and all filmmaking choices. The director of photography must not only follow the instructions and wishes of the director but also help him realize his vision which will bear his artistic signature. The cinematographer is mainly responsible for the lighting of the film according to the instructions of the director who also defines the choice of the shooting angle but also the frame.
The director of photography and all the individual contributors to the film from the actors to the stylist passing through the composer the set designer and the costume designer talk to the director and are his valuable collaborators but always following his own instructions. This collaboration is so important that a good director does not want to part with his collaborators which is why very often a few names accompany the director in many of his films. It is also typical that great directors of photography such as Gianni Di Venanzo who associated his name with great Italian directors Federico Fellini Michelangelo Antonioni.