© Zen Sekizawa
Type of Assistant: First Assistant
Location: Diamond Bar, California
Best Skills: Daylight shooting; light metering; managing other assistants; still cameras: 35mm, large format and medium format; still lighting: continuous/tungsten/HMI/Lowel/Kino Flo and strobes/flash systems
Has Assisted: Corey Arnold, Meiko Takechi Arquillos, Marcelo Gomes, JUCO Photo, Spencer Lowell, Claudia Lucia, Simone Lueck, Zen Sekizawa, Joseph Shin and Ryan Young
Meiko Takechi Arquillos has plenty of nice things to say about Damon Casarez’s work as an assistant—but what impresses her most is his personal work. “He has a great eye,” she says. “I love his photography.” Arquillos isn’t the only one who’s noticed Casarez’s vision. Increasingly, publications like Los Angeles Magazine and Bloomberg Businessweek have hired him to shoot assignments on topics such as a gingerbread house factory in Southern California and the Westfield takeover of malls in Los Angeles.