Head Museum Photographer
Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco - San Francisco, CA

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The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is looking for a Head Museum Photographer. Under the direction of the Director of Photo Services and Imaging, the Head Museum Photographer photographs all museum artworks for the purpose of internal database population; publication on FAMSF website; publication in FAMSF print and electronic publications; research; study; and conservation treatment. Exercises care and skill in handling art. Processes image files using computer software. Produces color accurate reference prints.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:
Prepares, sets up, arranges, and adjusts studio lighting and other professional photography equipment. Photographs Museums' holdings digitally for publication. Photographs museum bookstore material for advertisements, postcards, and other retail purposes. Photographs complete exhibitions and gallery installations. Photographs artwork in studio and gallery locations.

Handles art safely and expertly in accordance with the FAMSF Guidelines for Art Handling in all aspects of photographing artwork.

Processes digital files using various software/hardware including color management and image editing systems. Prepares images files for publication, study, and/or verification by experts in other museums. Produces color accurate reference prints.

Undertakes activities and follows FAMSF protocols related to image capture of the art collections including but not limited to file naming and image management. Uses various FAMSF systems in day-to-day workflow management including but not limited to collection and asset management software.

Maintains and makes minor repairs to photographic equipment. Estimates and orders supplies for photography purposes using the existing purchase-order system. Contacts service technicians as needed.

Stays abreast of current best practices in imaging and preservation standards especially as applied to cultural heritage imaging, including camera systems, studio equipment, hardware, and software.

Documents museum environments and exhibitions for FAMSF archive using still and video cameras.

Minimum Qualifications:
Education: Bachelor of Arts degree in photography or a related field from an accredited college or university.

Work Experience: At least three years of increasingly responsible experience in various phases of digital photography and related photographic studio work in a museum environment, OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Skills and Abilities:
Considerable theoretical and working knowledge of the principles and techniques of studio lighting and digital photography, with specific application to illustrative work, together with some knowledge, interest in, and appreciation of works of art.

Ability and skill to use good judgment and ingenuity in solving complex problems in photographing 3D and 2D art objects for special purposes, in color correcting digital files, and in handling irreplaceable works of art in compliance with FAMSF standards and guidelines.

Familiarity with video cameras and video production.

Excellent facility with hardware and software such as Photoshop, Phocus, color management systems and workflows, and Mac and PC environments.

Good facility with peripheral systems such as Microsoft Office, CMS, DAMS, and web technologies.

Good working knowledge of image preservation standards.

Ability and desire to learn new technologies/methodologies in keeping with best museum imaging practices.

Outstanding organization skills and strong detail management.

Excellent written and verbal communications abilities.

Ability to work independently and as a team player.

Ability and desire to work collaboratively with staff in an art directed environment.

Ability to multi-task with a sense of urgency.

Hourly Rate of Pay: $25.05 (equivalent to $2,004 biweekly)

This is a union position with a full benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision insurance, plus vacation, sick, and holiday time.

Application Deadline: February 14, 2013

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco are the city's largest public arts institutions and comprise the de Young and the Legion of Honor museums. The de Young, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and located in Golden Gate Park, showcases American art from the 17th through the 21st centuries, international contemporary art, textiles and costumes, and art from the Americas, the Pacific, and Africa. The Legion of Honor displays a collection of over 4,000 years of ancient and European art including Auguste Rodin's The Thinker and houses the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts in a Beaux-Arts style building overlooking Lincoln Park and the Golden Gate Bridge.

COFAM is the Corporation of Fine Arts Museums and is the privately funded non-profit corporation which supports the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, a department of the City and County of San Francisco.