Photographer, Museum Collections – George Washington University, GW University Museum and The Textile Museum

The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum seek a full-time Photographer, Museum Collections for a two-year position. Funded through an IMLS award, the goal of this grant-funded project is to digitize 25% of the museum’s collections. The incumbent will be responsible for shooting objects in the permanent collections for online access, exhibition, and publication. This exciting opportunity provides experience to working on a federally funded grant project, while helping to establish a fully functional photography program for the first time in the museum’s history.

Reporting to the Registrar, the Photographer, Museum Collections is responsible for the following duties:

  • Working with the Registrar to set up the museum’s new photo studio with photography and photo editing equipment.
  • Providing professional-quality photographic services, to include taking high quality, high-resolution images of objects in The Textile Museum’s permanent collections, including flat textiles and 3-dimensional objects (such as costumes on mannequins or mounted objects).
  • Utilizing creativity, artistic skill, technical skill, sound professional judgment, resourcefulness, and initiative to adapt and apply photographic guidelines when processing digital imaging files for color accuracy, contrast, and density.
  • Managing the storage of image files.
  • Collaborating with staff on digital asset management.
  • Maintaining and calibrating equipment as needed, including cameras, lights, printers, and monitors.
  • Collaborating in creating short- and long-term photography program planning.

This position is located on GW’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus in Ashburn, VA, at the museums’ Avenir Foundation Conservation and Collections Resource Center. The incumbent may perform other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization plus 2 years of relevant professional experience, or, a Master’s degree or higher in a relevant area of study. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • BA in photography and/or equivalent course work in museum studies, art history, or fine arts is preferred.
  • Two years of art photography experience in a museum/cultural institution studio setting.
  • Knowledge of Capture One photo editing software is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of tethered capture photography.
  • Experience in lighting 2-D and 3-D objects, with experience with flat textiles is highly desirable.
  • Conversant in latest photography and digital imaging technologies.
  • Experience with museum collections management databases and/or digital asset management systems is highly desirable.
  • Ability to troubleshoot equipment or set up issues and creatively adapt lighting and camera settings to produce accurate high quality images.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and the ability to work well independently as well as part of a small team.
  • Ability to lift up to 40 lbs.
  • Ability to climb and balance when carrying equipment.

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