Museum Fine Art Photographer (part-time) at Harvard Art Museums

The incumbent is the primary practitioner for the production of archival photographic documentation of objects in the Harvard Art Museums’ collections (http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/collections) for use in publications, catalog records, and a variety of analogue and digital formats.

Schedule: 28 hours per week
Location: Harvard Art Museums, Somerville Research Facility, Somerville, Massachusetts

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create still images that are compliant with current museum standards and that accurately represent the objects from all the museums’ collections.
  • Photograph gallery exhibits and installations for the museums’ archive, analog and digital publications, and press releases.
  • Work with the DIVR coordinator, curators, conservators, and other staff to prepare project plans and establish and set timetables to meet project deadlines.
  • Independently and collaboratively create imaging workflows for maximum productivity.
  • Maintain and develop skills in the use of professional digital capture systems, both hardware and software, according to current museum best practices.
  • Test new equipment and technologies. Make recommendations on equipment purchases and repairs to keep studio updated and functioning.
  • Maintain and/or oversee maintenance of studio and imaging equipment.
  • Consult with conservators and curators to determine views, appropriate setup, and lighting for museum objects. Work with conservators, curators, and collections management staff to ensure safe handling of works of art.
  • Process digital files to match original art objects, maintaining industry standards for color managed workflows. Conduct and/or supervise color correcting, retouching, and processing of raw digital files.
  • Prepare Photoshop scripts to automate file processing and to develop efficient workflows tailored to specific projects.
  • Provide technical guidance to other HAM staff and collaborate with colleagues at other institutions on the production of images.
  • Produce written and visual documentation of studio projects and workflows as part of a shared resource of reference material.
  • Other related photography duties will be assigned as necessary.

Basic Qualifications
BA in photography or related field required, MFA preferred; 5+ years’ professional digital photography experience in a museum or library, or similar setting required. Recent portfolio of images relevant to the position required.

Additional Qualifications
MFA preferred. Proficiency with studio cameras, lenses, and other necessary equipment; proficiency in Adobe Photoshop, other graphic arts applications, and museum software applications; visual sensitivity to a wide range of 2D and 3D objects; demonstrated skill with color-correcting image files; advanced knowledge of lighting techniques and sources; knowledge of large and medium format cameras; demonstrated ability to learn and to adapt to advancements in digital imaging technologies; working knowledge of contemporary art and art history, excellent problem solving; excellent written and verbal communication skills; ability to work under tight deadlines; strong time and project management skills; ability to work as part of a team as well as independently; professional experience handling art preferred.

Please note: The Harvard Art Museums requires pre-employment screening for all positions.

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