Object Photographer at a Museum facility – Bowie, MD

Duties and Responsibilities:

Collection Photography: Define, articulate and produce appropriate and effective still photography of two- and three-dimensional material from the Museum’s holdings (artifacts, artwork, documents, textiles, etc.).

Studio Management: As part of the Collections Management photography team, prepare studio and equipment and stage collections material for photography session.

Photography Editing: Review and edit the photographs taken during a photography session and choose the most useful images for the Museum to keep and upload into its collections database. Prepare photography for uploading into the collections database by assembling metadata about a photography session (accession numbers, image numbers, image views, and session date). Load edited photos into system in a timely manner.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Three to five years’ experience in studio photography of both two and three-dimensional objects or demonstrated equivalent experience.
  • Knowledge of Museum collections management processes and methods sufficient to handle collections material for purposes of photography.
  • Knowledge and experience of the application of a variety of digital cameras, associated lenses, accessories and lighting equipment, and the effect of alternative approaches to a particular photographic assignment in order to modify or adapt available equipment or the necessity of securing additional equipment.
  • Knowledge and experience with databases or other software programs designed to manage photographic images.
  • Knowledge of various photographic practices, such as still life, portrait, reportage and lifestyle photography.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, to provide technical information and training, and to resolve problems.

Additional Information:

The incumbent in this position works under the direction of the Chief, Collections Management Branch. The Branch is responsible for the physical and legal care of the Museum’s collections including accessioning, preservation, legal file maintenance, inventory control, and collection access

The incumbent must be self-directed and self-motivated, able to work in a team environment, highly organized and have a detail-oriented approach to responsibilities. The incumbent must grasp the Museum’s mission, strategy and messages and know how to translate collections material into visual products. The material to be photographed varies in size, configuration and color and may present a significant range of technical challenges that the incumbent must analyze and meet.

The incumbent will be required to select, adapt and modify a wide variety of still photographic equipment to meet this end. The position requires an understanding of the sensitivities associated with the subject matter and the vision and skills to help create a unified visual identity for the Museum through photography. The purpose of the work is to plan and execute the complete photographic coverage of the Museum’s holdings. The incumbent’s work will have a far-reaching impact on the impressions and opinions that the public and donors form about the Museum and its collections holdings. The Collections Photographer will primarily function to conduct object photography for presentation on the Museum’s online catalog.

Further Information

This is a full time contract position with benefits, including ten paid federal holidays, paid vacation and paid sick leave, Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliant health insurance and 401(k). There is no company sponsored relocation.

Corestaff Services is a nationwide professional staffing services firm, specializing in administrative/clerical, information technology, library/museum, records management and human resources placements.   

Corestaff Services is an Equal Opportunity Employment Employer. People from racial minority groups, veterans and the disabled are strongly encouraged to apply.

For consideration email your resume to contracts@corestaff.com

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