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  • USA, Los Angeles
  • Born in:1984
  • Assistant since:2008
  • Driving licence:Car
  • Personal car:personal car available
  • Passport:yes
  • Languages:English

Photo Assistant, Digital Tech

Zachary Benge

People, Portrait, Architecture, Location Scout, Fashion, Beauty, Reportage, Prod. Assistant, Stillife, Food, Landscape, Transportation, International Exp.

Know How:

My personality, professionalism and ability to remain calm is what I hear the most about why photographers continue hiring me. I have assisted a wide array of photographers for multiple different types of shoots: product, fashion, advertising (both international and domestic), editorial, automotive, fine art, portraiture, key art and not just stills, I have also gaffed on music videos, short films, and web - series. Since each photographer has their own unique style, quarks, preferences, etc I have been able to learn and use loads of different cameras, gear and techniques. Being a

jack of all trades in this industry is key. I am proficient and familiar with most camera systems including Nikon, Fujifilm, Canon, PhaseOne, Hasselblad, Sony, Pentax, Mamiya and Contax systems. Capable of teching in CaptureOne, LightRoom and Phocus. Mostly familiar with Profoto but have experience with Bron, Briese, Hensel, Paul C Buff, Speedotron, Norman. I have been in most rolls (see what I did there) on a photo set and understand that it takes a crew to complete a project or task. We are all trying to achieve the same thing.

References as assistant / Career

Not only am I a photo assistant but I am also a photographer. I started shooting when I was in high school and fell in love with it. Continued my education for 3 years at a community college and then went on to gain my BA from Brooks Institute. Graduated in 2008 and have been in the industry since. Shortly after graduating, I shot for a race team called The Gentleman's Guide To Racing. I have firsted for Nino Muñoz, Kevin Lynch, Yoni Goldberg and Richard Thompson III to name a few. I have also been an assistant for other heavy hitters such as David LaChapelle, Mark Seliger and Steven Klein.

Nino Muñoz, Employed Photo Assistant, more than 1 year
Craig McDean, Photo Assistant, more than 1 year
Yoni Goldberg, Photo Assistant, more than 1 year
Sami Drasin, Photo Assistant, more than 1 year


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