The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is seeking an Image Archive Associate. As part of the Photographic Services team, the Image Archive Associate facilitates the preservation, organization and archiving of all Guggenheim images.
Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The Guggenheim network that began in the 1970s when the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, was joined by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, has since expanded to include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (opened 1997) and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (currently in development). Looking to the future, the Guggenheim Foundation continues to forge international collaborations that take contemporary art, architecture, and design beyond the walls of the museum. More information about the foundation can be found at guggenheim.org.
- Scan legacy and historic film in the Guggenheim Image Archive in high resolution for a wide variety of internal and external clients. Subject matter includes Guggenheim collection works of art, exhibition and architectural views, and conservation documentation images.
- Perform digital file post-production of both scanned and newly captured photographs, including clean up, color correction and metadata entry for new collection, conservation and exhibition-related photography.
- Retouch, composite, silhouette and locally color-correct images for publications, special projects and retail product photography.
- Research and conduct preliminary editing of contemporary and archival still images for a wide variety of museum publications and projects.
- Collaborate with and assist Digital Asset Manager in organization and maintenance of all Guggenheim collection, exhibition and other types of photography created in the Photographic Services Department. Confirm that metadata, formatting, and file naming conform to studio standards. Organize images on servers.
- Prepare web-ready still images for Guggenheim website, Guggenheim App, Media and Public Relations, and Marketing.
- Assist with workflow management of new collection photography to be entered into TMS (Guggenheim collection database).
- Support Licensing with fulfillment of external rights and reproduction requests and internal fulfillment requests.
- Collaborate with Studio Manager to ensure best practices and that digital image production meets standards for long-term archiving, retrieval, and distribution.
- Participate in the planning of interdepartmental projects.
- Assist Chief Photographer and Photographer with location and studio photography shoots, handling equipment and lighting as needed.
- Assist Chief Photographer with post-production for architectural views, museum portrait sessions and exhibition views.
- Print, package, and ship fine art prints to be sold at the museum’s retail and online stores.
Qualifications and Requirements
- Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Masters in Fine Arts, Photography, Digital Imaging or related fields
- Thorough working knowledge of digital imaging techniques and software, including fluency with Photoshop retouching and compositing techniques, Adobe Bridge metadata entry and Adobe Lightroom editing. Familiarity with Media Beacon or other DAM database software is a plus
- Solid working understanding of digital image file standards and color management, Macintosh operating system and related digital asset management practices
- Familiarity with traditional photography, including film types, formats and digital photography
- Experience with photo editing and research
- Excellent organizational and archival skills
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team
- Fully skilled with scanning of negatives, transparencies, and reflective media using Epson and Imacon scanners
- Good working knowledge of inkjet printing and color calibration tools
The Guggenheim offers a competitive salary and excellent medical, dental, life, disability, and retirement plan coverage. Our staff also enjoys generous vacation, sick leave and personal days, access to a variety of cultural institutions, discounts to museum stores, and a stimulating and collegial work environment.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.
Application Instructions / Public Contact Information
Qualified applicants please send your resume and cover letter, including salary expectations, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Indicate the job title “Image Archive Associate” in the subject line. Only those applicants who meet our requirements for this position will be contacted.