Senior Photographer

Under the direction of the Head of Collections, Information and Access, the senior photographer will produce images and manage imaging operations.

Art Opportunity previously on at San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) in United States.
From Thursday 16 May 2013 to Wednesday 29 May 2013

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The position creates, archives, and delivers images of exceptional quality of art objects, installations, exhibitions, and events. Position supervises the day-to-day imaging operations and strategizes the best outcomes for the museum’s imaging needs by advancing and managing methodologies, capabilities, services, and facilities for imaging.


- Apply advanced skill and judgment in producing images of exceptional quality of art objects, installations, exhibitions, events, and artists:
- collaborate with staff to undertake best approaches for imaging objectives
- photograph in museum facilities and off-site locations
- apply standards for capturing, processing, editing, and accessing
- ingest files into digital asset and collections management systems
- Oversee department’s imaging operations:
- supervise imaging staff, interns, and volunteers
- supervise imaging workflows
- manage studio work environments
- ensure quality assurance for images produced by department
- plan for and maintain hardware, software, and equipment
- advance methodologies, capabilities, services, and facilities
- With appropriate staff, and alone as permitted, ensure safe handling and security precautions consistent with standard practices when moving or imaging objects.

Minimum qualifications:

Education and training: BA or BFA in photography, art, or related field. MA or MFA preferred. Knowledge of modern and contemporary art practices. Knowledge of museum purposes, organization, and procedures.

Work experience: Minimum three to five years recent work in an art museum or similar institution photographing objects, exhibitions, events, and people in studios, storage, and on location. Demonstrated supervisory experience. Studio management experience preferred.

Skills and abilities: Demonstrated ability to produce images of exceptional quality. Advanced knowledge of still image capture devices – including medium and large format cameras, scan backs, and scanners – and of lighting, environmental factors, color management, Photoshop, and image file formats. Knowledge of video cameras, Final Cut Pro, video file formats and codecs highly desired. Experience with digital asset management software.

Ability to maintain high levels of care, accuracy, and organization in a busy environment with challenging and often simultaneous deadlines. Ability to diagnose and problem solve technical issues with hardware, software, and asset files. Ability to work collaboratively and positively to achieve imaging objectives and effectively explore and address challenges. Excellent communication skills. Establish and maintain excellent working relationships with the staff of this and other museums, and with interns, volunteers, and vendors.

Working conditions:

Physical Demands: Must be able to visually inspect artwork. Must be able to lift 30 lbs.

Special Environmental Factors: Close office setting, dimly lit rooms.

Selected candidates will be asked to provide a portfolio.

POSITION: Senior Photographer
DEPARTMENT: Collections Information and Access
SUPERVISOR: Head of Collections Information and Access
SCHEDULE: 35 hours per week (includes benefits)


The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art encourages people of color, residents of SOMA, and other San Francisco residents to apply. The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity.