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A cinematographer since the late 1990's, Richard Rutkowski has worked for directors as renowned and varied as Adrian Lyne, Darren Aronofsky, Tommy Schlamme, Neil Burger, Wes Craven, and Roman Polanski. His resume includes a wide range of subject matter and nearly all modern camera formats. In addition to film and television productions, Richard has filmed gallery installation works for fine artists Robert Wilson, Dan Colen and Sharon Lockhart

Richard has just completed his 2nd Season of Manhattan, a period drama set at Los Alamos during the top secret creation of the first atomic bomb. Created by Sam Shaw and produced/directed by Thomas Schlamme, this one-hour original program earned Richard an ASC Award Nomination for the epsiode "Perestroika." This past spring he wrapped up Season 3 of The Americans, a period spy drama on the FX Network starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys. And in 2012 he filmed Boss, featuring the Golden Globe winning performance of Kelsey Grammer as a larger than life Mayor of Chicago. In 2003 Richard was a Best Cinematography Nominee at the Independent Spirit Awards for Neil Burger's Interview with the Assassin, which was also nominated as Best First Feature in that year.

Working over a three-year period with theater director and artist Robert Wilson, Rutkowski produced and directed a new feature documentary, The Space in Back of You. This film depicts the influence of Japanese dancer Suzushi Hanayagi on Wilson and a circle of avant-garde collaborators. The film had its US premiere at Lincoln Center and has screened in Tokyo, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the ZKM Museum in Germany and at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in New York.

Richard's second-unit DP credits include Roman Polanski's The Ghost Writer, Wes Craven's My Soul to Take, Darren Aronofsky's Requiem for a Dream, The Number 23  directed by Joel Schumacher, and Harmony Korine's Julien Donkey Boy. Rutkowski contributed additional photography for Iron Man 2 Neil Burger's Limitless, and in 2001 Rutkowski teamed with director Adrian Lyne and cinematographer Peter Biziou on Unfaithful, serving as second-unit DP and camera operator.

Born in Oklahoma, Richard grew up on eastern Long Island, the son of landscape painter Casimir Rutkowski. He began making short films while a student at Harvard College, studying with documentary filmmakers Ross McElwee, Robb Moss and Robert Gardner. Richard is also an avid still photographer, whose work has been exhibited in New York and Los Angeles and seen in publications internationally.  He lives in New York City with his wife Betsy and step-daughter Daisy.