Photographer, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution

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Published September 23, 2022
Location Washington, DC
Category Other  
Job Type Full-time  
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Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $74,950
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $97,430
Hourly or Salary? Salary
Pay Grade GS11
Twitter Handle @hirshhorn


This position is located at the Smithsonian Institution (SI), Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden (HMSG). HMSG is a leading voice for contemporary art and culture and provides a national platform for the art and artists of our time and is seeking to share the transformative power of modern and contemporary art with audiences at all levels of awareness and understanding by creating meaningful, personal experiences in which art, artists, audiences, and ideas converge.

As a Photographer within the Collection Care and Management Department, Photo Services Office, the Collection Care and Management Department is responsible for the safeguarding and proper documentation of all works of art at the Museum, whether from the Hirshhorn's permanent collection or on loan from other institutions. The incumbent, reporting to the Digital Asset Manager, provides photographic services for all Museum departments.

Typical duties:

  • Complete demanding and aesthetically challenging photographic assignments, requiring considerable technical skill and expertise, and evaluates the technical requirements of each project, selecting and operating cameras for each assignment and the proper supporting equipment to produce final images that meet rigid museum standards of quality.
  • Arrange and light objects to emphasize an object’s most important features; eliminates glare and the reflective properties of object surface with appropriate filters; renders fine details or exact color renditions using specialized lighting techniques; and ensures accurate color representation between the image captured and the object photographed.
  • Create museum-quality digital images and scans traditional photographic media for any image or work they create; manages the lifecycle of the digital assets, providing digital files, color match prints, and proofs in a variety of formats.
  • Manage the daily operations of the Photo Services Office, including developing short- and long-range plans and budgets, and acts as a Museum expert on digital imaging technology.