Job Posting: Photographer, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Division: Collections
Department/Section: Conservation & Collections Management/ Photographic Studio
Reporting to: Object Photography Team Leader
As the world’s greatest museum of art and design, the V&A enriches people’s lives by promoting the practice of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed world.

The Photographic studio has two teams, Object Photography and Digital Management. These teams supply photography of the museum’s collections to support the museum’s objectives. The V&A is seeking to employ a photographer to work within the Object Photography Team. They will be based primarily in the museum’s South Kensington and Blythe House studios but will also be required to travel occasionally to other locations.

Purpose of job
The collection of the V&A is both varied and large and the post holder will be expected to be both versatile and to be able to respond quickly and efficiently to cope with a wide variety of cultural objects. The post will contribute to the photography of the collection for V&A print and digital publications, exhibition and gallery support and collection documentation. Candidates will have a recognised photographic qualification, a portfolio of professional work and be able to demonstrate a full knowledge of imaging software. They will be expected to become part of a large team and to be able to work both under supervision and under their own initiative.

The post holder will also be expected to undertake training to become proficient at scientific imaging techniques for x-ray imaging, infra-red and ultra-violet photography.

Main tasks

1. Photograph all types of cultural objects in the collection and on loan to the museum, as assigned by the Object Photography Team Leader, to deadlines agreed with internal clients.
2. Apply creative style sympathetic to museum collection and design requirements for print and digital publications.
3. Record image metadata to departmental standards.
4. Manage workflow for own image output from photography to ingestion into the museum’s Digital Asset Management System.
5. Maintain and calibrate equipment in accordance with departmental standards and provide support to Object Photography team leader in planning for equipment continuity.
6. Act as one of three HPA accredited Radiological Protection Officers within the museum, with shared responsibility for x-ray, infrared and ultraviolet photography, operation of equipment and Health and Safety issues.
7. Be committed to health and safety and ensure familiarity with all of the Museum’s health and safety policies and procedures.
8. Be security conscious, ensure familiarity and co-operation with all museum security procedures and ensure you wear a security pass at all times when on museum premises.
9. Promote equality and diversity in all aspects of your work by developing and maintaining positive working relationships, ensuring that colleagues are treated fairly and with respect/dignity and actively contributing to developments that support the museum’s strategy for widening access, inclusion and diversity.
10. Carry out ad hoc duties as requested by appropriate managers within your department.

Essential requirements
1. Degree level or equivalent qualification in a photographic discipline.
2. Demonstrable professional experience in a studio based environment.
3. Proficient in use of digital photography workflows and image processing software.
4. Ability to work efficiently and with minimal supervision to manage demands on own time to meet tight deadlines.
5. Demonstrable ability to interpret a photographic brief.
Desirable requirements
1. Experience of working in a studio environment in the cultural heritage sector preferably a major national museum.
2. Understanding of processes related to x-ray, infra-red and ultra-violet photography.
3. Proficiency in the use of digital photography equipment by a range of manufacturers including Hasselblad and Sinar.
4. Demonstrable understanding of the requirements for the care and handling of cultural objects during the photographic process.
5. Have experience of using Adobe Photoshop CS4 or later.

Application process:

Please apply online via the V&A’s website at

If you have any queries regarding the recruitment process, you can email us – or telephone us on 020 7942 2937.

Closing date for receipt of applications is Wednesday 25th May 2016

Interviews to be held in the week of 6th June 2016

Interview expenses will not be paid unless there is a prior agreement.

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