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Davison Art Center Imaging Project Photographer

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

A portfolio of art reproduction photography is required (an online portfolio is preferred). All images created in this position will be works made for hire. In order to be hired, the successful applicant will be required to sign a standard agreement that waives any copyright or other legal claim to the images. That noted, the standard practice of the DAC is to include a concise photographer's credit in most contexts of image use. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Position Information

Position Information

Job Posting Number T00288
Position Title Davison Art Center Imaging Project Photographer
Department Davison Art Center-1052
Job Category Temporary Posting
Position Details

The Davison Art Center Imaging Project Photographer will perform rapid digital photography of works of art on paper for a fixed term of six weeks, working 34 hours per week. This temporary position reports to the DAC Manager of Museum Information Services, who is Project Director. All work will take place at the Davison Art Center, using equipment provided by the DAC. The term of work will be June 12 through July 20, 2017, with 34 hours per week (Monday–Thursday, 8:45–6:00; 45-minute unpaid lunch break each day; no work on Fridays or on July 3–4). This collection digitization project is funded by a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Hourly Rate of Pay: $38.00. No benefits.

Responsibilities include:

Work in a precise, efficient, and collegial manner as part of a small team of project employees, collaborating closely with two Imaging Project Specialists, two undergraduate Imaging Project Assistants, and the Project Director.

Use DAC photographic equipment to execute in-house, standardized image workflows in a highly consistent way.

Collaborate closely with fellow project employees chiefly tasked with image and metadata preparation, students working primarily as art handlers, and project director.

Ensure consistent configuration and use of DAC lights, camera, other hardware, capture software, and temporary shooting environment as pre-set in the DAC gallery.

Perform device calibration and other color-management functions in accordance with standard DAC procedures.

If and as requested as the project proceeds, flexibly shift functional role from image capture to post-capture image processing, quality assurance, or other project functions.

Minimum Qualifications

Proven excellence in fine-art reproduction photography with extreme attention to procedural detail, consistency of images, and initial quality control at time of capture. Solid working knowledge of underlying principles and best practices in photographic lighting and capture. Ability to photograph quickly and with rigorous precision in a color-managed workflow, making the highest-quality images the available equipment can produce. Ability to work collegially in a small team with ambitious production goals. Ability to work full days shooting art from above with a vertical photographic stand. Experience with color-managed image handling in Capture One, Photoshop, and/or other software. Ability to work efficiently in Mac OS X.

Competencies:
Functional/technical skills
Meticulous attention to detail
Interpersonal skills/savvy
Teamwork/collaboration
Integrity and trust
Organizational skills
Composure
Time management

Preferred Qualifications

Experience with art reproduction photography of original prints in a museum setting (strongly preferred), DSLR-based rapid-capture workflows, FADGI and Metamorfoze guidelines for cultural heritage imaging, studio flash operation, Nikon D800 camera operation, tethered DSLR (“Live View”) image capture using Nikon Camera Control Pro and/or Capture One. A history of engagement with a community of cultural heritage imaging professionals would be a strong plus.

Special Instructions to Applicants

A portfolio of art reproduction photography is required (an online portfolio is preferred).
All images created in this position will be works made for hire. In order to be hired, the successful applicant will be required to sign a standard agreement that waives any copyright or other legal claim to the images. That noted, the standard practice of the DAC is to include a concise photographer’s credit in most contexts of image use. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents
  1. Digital Portfolio

Supplemental Questions

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