Studio Art Photographer

The Studio Art Photographer brings knowledge and skills in photographic equipment, composition and lighting, digital processing, and file organization to the photographic needs of the Clark’s fine arts programming. The Photographer is responsible for photography of the Clark’s permanent collection, objects brought to the Clark for study or loan, installation photography of all Clark exhibitions, and occasional photography of the Clark campus and buildings, for use in documentation, publication, and use online. 
The ideal candidate has significant experience photographing art in a variety of media as well as exhibition or gallery installations, for documentation and publication purposes, and enjoys working as part of a high-functioning team to meet the institution’s needs and goals.

Essential Functions:
  • Work with colleagues to assess and prioritize requests for photography based on deadlines of requestor and relevant schedules.
  • Photograph art objects, installations, and other assignments with an eye to the highest quality as well as work efficiency.
  • Plan and manage photo department budget.
  • Maintain photography equipment and suggest upgrades to keep level of quality and efficiency high within the financial constraints of the institute. 
  • Photograph paintings, sculpture, decorative objects, works on paper, furniture, books, archival and historical objects, and other art related to the Clark’s collections and programs.  Provide photographs to curatorial, publications, library, communications, museum shop, other Institute needs, and outside clients.
  • Position and illuminate objects, build studio sets, and use computer skills to create photographs that best meet requestor’s needs.
  • Competently handle, move, and safeguard artwork while it is being photographed and/or stored in the studio area.
  • Working with Registration and Curatorial Department, Publications Department, Director’s Office, and Library, create shooting and processing schedules and schedule access to art for photography. Work to meet schedule; discuss and resolve scheduling conflicts and demands with appropriate individuals.
  • Work as part of the Image Team to establish priorities and strategies for achieving long- and short-term goals for the Institute’s image program.
  • Produce optimized image files of works in the collection for print and/or web use, color match prints when requested, and unretouched and dated files for registrars’ files. 
  • Maintain a comprehensive and secure digital archive of image files, including RAW files and other relevant image types of all collections and installations.
  • Maintain a color-managed workflow and physical environment compatible with sound industry practice.
  • Maintain photo budget and make purchases for Photo Department. Propose appropriate capital expenditures for department.
  • Maintain studio, camera, printer, and computer equipment and monitor inventory to ensure availability for producing studio photographs, digital files, and prints related to the collections.
  • Make match prints, as well as occasional custom, high-quality digital prints related to the collections.
  • Remain current on digital photographic technologies and software and hardware appropriate to the work, balancing quality, production, and cost while incorporating new trends and approaches as appropriate.
  • Provide photo documentation of the Clark’s exhibition program, occasionally shooting installations for exhibition catalogues.
  • Upon occasion, when requested and when schedule allows, produce images of the Clark campus and buildings.
  • Meet regularly with supervisor to discuss departmental projects and issues; attend other relevant meetings as requested.
The ideal candidate:
  • Can provide a portfolio of publication-quality images of works of art in a variety of media, as well as images of gallery installations.
  • Preferably holds a bachelor’s degree in a related field.
  • Has a minimum of several years’ experience working as a studio photographer of works of art.
  • Has advanced understanding of and facility with current digital technologies related to the creation, processing, and storage of publication-quality images, and a welcoming disposition to embrace and learn new technology as needed.
  • Has a track record working effectively as part of a team within a fast-paced work environment.
  • Demonstrates strong organizational and communication skills. 

Key Relationships:
  • Reports to Director of Collections and Exhibitions.
  • Works closely with the Image Team to assess and schedule work requests.
Workplace Requirements:
  • Some flexibility in schedule is necessary. Must be able to work occasional evenings as circumstances dictate.
  • Moderate physical exertion required, including: the ability to work standing for a full day, with short breaks; the ability to work sitting for a full day, with short breaks; the ability to bend up to 100 times in a day; and the ability to lift up to 75 pounds occasionally and up to 30 pounds regularly.

Application Process:

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and the names of three professional references via e-mail to [email protected] with the subject line Studio Art Photographer_[last name]. Candidates will be contacted if the Clark would like to move forward with an interview.

Employment at the Clark is contingent on the verification of background information submitted by the applicant.
The Clark is an equal opportunity employer.