Job Posting: Fine Art Photographer (Part-time, temporary), Harvard Art Museums, MA

The Harvard Art Museums is seeking an experienced fine art photographer for short term project based work. The photographer produces museum-quality, high resolution digital photographic documentation of art objects for identification, inventory records, and publication projects. The photographer works in the studio of the Digital Imaging and Visual Resources (DIVR) department at the museums’ Somerville Research Facility. Work will be 28 hours/week.

The Fine Art Photographer will:

  • Create high-quality photographic images that document a variety of 2D and 3D objects.
  • Ensure that images are accurate to original art objects, maintaining department standards for quality and color managed workflow. Perform color correcting, retouching, and processing of all digital files.
  • Work with the DIVR Coordinator to schedule and set timetables for object delivery and photography in order to meet project deadlines, regularly working under tight deadlines and independently organize imaging workflow for maximum productivity.
  • Consult with fellow photographers, conservators, and curators to determine the angle and desired view for museum objects, set up, and appropriate lighting.
  • Work with conservators, curators, and collections management staff to ensure safe and appropriate handling of works of art.
  • Other related photography duties will be assigned as necessary.

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications :

Basic Qualifications: BFA required for this position.

Additional Qualifications: MFA preferred, in Photography or related field; a minimum of 5 years of professional digital photography experience in a museum or library, or similar setting. Proficiency with studio cameras, lenses, and other necessary equipment; proficiency in Adobe Photoshop and other graphic arts applications, museum software applications; visual analysis abilities and demonstrated successful skill with color-correcting files; advanced knowledge of lighting techniques and sources; knowledge of large and medium format cameras; demonstrated ability to learn and to adapt to advancements in digital imaging technologies; excellent problem solving and communication skills; strong self-management, time management, project management, supervisory and teamwork skills; professional experience handling art preferred; knowledge of art history preferred.

How to apply: Please email your resume, cover letter, and portfolio (PDF or website) to: jeff_steward(at)


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