PDN's All-Star Assistants: Ubald Rutar

By Libby Peterson

Courtesy of Ubald Rutar

Type of Assistant: Digital Tech & First Assistant

Location: Roznov pod Radhostem, Czech Republic

Best Skills: Daylight shooting; digital capture and software; light metering; managing other assistants; photo archiving/image editing/image delivery; post-production software/retouching; still cameras: 35mm, digital backs and medium format; still lighting: continuous/tungsten/HMI/Lowel/Kino Flo and strobes/flash systems; video lighting

Has Assisted: Adam Hinton, Alex Howe, John Huet, Jim Naughten, Garry Owens, Mark Seliger, Simon Stock, Anton Watts and Robert Wilson

Ubald Rutar worked with advertising photographer John Huet on a few commercial projects before joining him to cover the London Olympic Games for a 28-day assignment. Though being a sports photographer at the Games is one of the most grueling jobs out there, working as a photographer’s assistant at the sporting event is even harder, Huet says, but Rutar could not have done a more impressive job. Working on very little sleep, Rutar downloaded, edited and uploaded more than 160,000 photos over the course of the 28 days, all the while with a good attitude and a smile on his face, Huet says. “I have never worked with another assistant who worked so hard and made no mistakes,” he says. “He did such an amazing job that he was the only person I asked if he wanted to work the Winter Olympics in February with me. And thankfully he said yes.”

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