Job posting: Conservation Photographer, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Conservation Photographer (link)

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is seeking an applicant to fill a three-year Conservation Photographer position. The successful candidate will work as part of a dynamic team engaged in a major initiative involving the documentation and digitization of the conservation efforts of the VMFA’s extensive African art collection.  Supported by a major grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the position will serve the conservation staff to provide technically superior, high quality digital images of assigned objects before, after, and during treatments for the purposes of documentation.  The Conservation Photographer is responsible for scientific images as directed by the conservation staff for the purposes of research and study.  The position maintains and profiles image capture hardware and software; related computer hardware; and printing hardware.  The position actively implements best practices for digital workflow, storage, retrieval, and access, following VMFA’s strategic plan to make the collection widely available.

Requirements: Considerable knowledge of all aspects of traditional photography with particular emphasis on professional digital imaging equipment and processes. Proficiency with various lighting techniques and styles for documenting 2D and 3D fine art objects.  Working knowledge of international archival digitization standards for fine art reproduction and the ability to implement those standards.  Experience with scientific imaging techniques such as IR imaging, UV-Induced Visible Fluorescence Imaging, and others.  Extensive computer skills related to digital imaging and digital imaging software including Photoshop and multiple types of camera control software.  Experience working across platforms (I.E. Windows and Macintosh operating systems).  Proficient with various imaging software suites such as Adobe and Hasselblad products.  This position requires the ability to manage multiple priorities and deliver deadline driven work as well as the ability and knowledge of careful practices in working with VMFA’s African art collection.

Qualifications: This position requires a BFA or higher in photography or a related communication arts and design degree. Demonstrated experience with fine art reproduction photography or similar technical reproduction experience.  The selected applicant should have considerable experience with scientific imaging techniques, advanced digital imaging including various formats of digital capture, scanning, and printing, as well as extensive experience in Photoshop editing.  A security background check will be required.

Hiring Range: This position is full-time and includes full state benefits.  Salary will be determined based on qualifications and experience.

To apply, log onto the Commonwealth of Virginia Online Employment System at and submit your application, letter of intent, resume, and portfolio.  Position is open until filled.  Please contact the HR office at 804.340.1485 if you need assistance.  EOE


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