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Photographer Principal Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Performs a wide variety of photographic responsibilities and services in fulfillment of department or client requests for use of photographs in various publications, lectures, research, documentation and publicity. Trains and assigns work to photo laboratory personnel.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is fifth in a series of five classifications. It is distinguished from the Photographer Senior in that the incumbent establishes user fees and guidelines for reproduction of prints, has contact with international clients and makes decisions on whether to grant or deny permission to reproduce prints in the collection and/or photographs and writes technical articles for reports, films and museum exhibits involving consultation and research. This classification typically reports to a Director or Assistant Director.

Examples of Duties:

  • Trains, coordinates and supervises photo laboratory operations and processing personnel; schedules and plans photographic production by setting priorities for processing and inspecting work for quality; consults with national and international clients regarding photographic reproduction requirements.
  • Performs specialized artistic, technical and scientific photo assignments requiring extensive knowledge of photographic equipment capabilities and techniques; determines such elements as equipment to be used, film type, lighting requirements, composition, background and exposure time.
  • Conducts extensive research on subject matter; consults with appropriate experts and documents information before and after photographing.
  • Administers copyright regulations, granting or denying permission to reproduce prints in the collection; negotiates terms of copyright and, at times, works with attorneys in resolving copyright violations.
  • Writes material for articles to be published and for book text.
  • Provides written documentation and information in relation to photographs and policies generated from within the department; provides clients with guidelines for obtaining permission from artists or copyright holders outside the university ensuring that reproduction materials can be legally released.
  • Negotiates with various groups and interviews them for photographic documentation of activities.
  • Establishes user fee amounts and guidelines for reproduction of prints; negotiates price adjustments with clients.
  • Determines technical and logistical methods for reproduction of antique nitrate negatives.
  • Selects vendors for subcontracted work.
  • Organizes and maintains extensive photographic print, slide and negative and computer/data files.
  • Provides technical and creative consultation to faculty, staff and students regarding photography assignments.
  • Prepares annual section budget.
  • Monitors inventory of equipment and laboratory supplies; orders supplies as needed according to departmental policies and/or budget constraints.
  • Recommends the purchase of new equipment to supervisor; test equipment and new film materials to determine what equipment and supplies are most suitable.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of techniques, principles and equipment of modern photography including still, motion, color, and black and white photography.
  • Knowledge of film properties, equipment and optics and their suitability for generalized and specialized photography.
  • Knowledge of still photography, film and video equipment capabilities.
  • Knowledge of supervisory practices and principles.
  • Skill in documentation of museum objects, archival processing and storage procedures.
  • Skills in organizing work of self and others and in meeting deadlines.
  • Skill in the use of computer hardware and software.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree in Photography, Fine Arts or related field AND five years experience in photography studio work and photojournalism, which includes photo processing; OR, Eight years experience in photography studio work and photojournalism which includes photo processing; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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