The Photographer creates high-resolution digital images of objects in the museum’s permanent collection, libraries, archives, and exhibition installations for the purpose of documentation and in support of publications, marketing and promotion of exhibitions, graphic and exhibition design, merchandising, commercial partnerships, digital audience engagement projects, and external reproduction requests.
The position plays a key role in developing and maintaining technical standards with respect to the museum’s image production, and, in collaboration with the Director of Digital Collections and Services, continually assesses new technology and procedures necessary to create engaging visual assets in alignment with the museum’s goals.
- Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in photography or fine arts
- Minimum of 5 years’ experience in a photography studio, preferably in a museum or similar fine-arts organization
- Experience photographing works of art of varying medium, size, and complexity, exhibition installations, building interiors and exteriors, and events and activities under challenging lighting conditions, and creating engaging photographic portraits
- Strong knowledge of digital and analog photography techniques, including large- and medium-format analog and digital capture systems, DSLR and mirrorless camera systems, lighting equipment, color workflow management for displays and printers, and archival inkjet printing
- Experience maintaining best practices for digital workflows, including precision color calibration and image accuracy, especially as applied to cultural heritage preservation
- Advanced knowledge and skill in Adobe Creative Suite, particularly Photoshop, Lightroom, and Bridge
- Knowledge of Capture One camera software, i1Display Pro calibration software, and Microsoft Office Suite
- Excellent eye for color, texture, tone, and visual design and ability to follow museum style guide to maintain standards
- Strong organizational skills, excellent interpersonal skils, and the ability to be detail oriented
- Physical requirements: ability to sit, stand, and bend as may be required to facilitate normal job functions and ability to climb, balance, and work from ladders, move fine art objects safely, and lift and carry equipment of moderate weight.
Under the supervision of Director of Digital Collections and Services:
- Create high-resolution photographs of works of art; document exhibition installations; update seasonal photographs of the museum building and grounds, and create photographic portraits of Museum staff and trustees.
- Perform all post-production editing, delivering final assets named according to established naming conventions
- Generate, organize, and manage photography schedule with the relevant staff members in Digital Collections, Collections Management, Conservation, and other internal collaborators
- Maintain databases tracking projects and generate regular progress reports
- Manage multiple time-sensitive projects simultaneously and be responsible for meeting deadlines
- Collaborate with multiple departments to identify gaps in collection documentation and artworks in need of updated photography, in order to keep the Museum’s Open Collection pages and digital asset offerings visually current
- Research newly available technology and recommend upgrades as necessary.
- Participate in equipment research, testing, and implementation
- Supervise color printing (Museum Technician) and review quality of images produced by intern(s), volunteers, and contract photographers working on imaging projects and event photography
- Participate in digital collections initiatives, both in the Museum and in the larger cultural heritage preservation community
Start date: Immediately
Department: Digital Collections and Services
Reports to: Director of Digital Collections and Services
Position type: Full-time
Grade & salary: H - $66,000
Union status: UAW Local 2110
FLSA status: Exempt
Schedule: 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm
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