Digital Photographer Job available at Historic New England in Haverhill, MA


Just passing this along:

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHER position available: Historic New England Haverill, MA

Digital photographer digitally photographs library, archival, and artifactual collections for inclusion in the digital asset management system (ResourceSpace) and for special projects. Requires a bachelor’s degree in photography, studio art, library science or museum studies, and three years of experience. Requires experience with digital SLR and medium format cameras, including tethered capture, studio photography and lighting, Macintosh and PC computers, data entry and digital imaging software. Requires competency in computer applications, including Microsoft(tm) Word and Excel, and digital imaging applications, including Adobe(tm) Photoshop and Lightroom. Experience with museum and archives databases and metadata creation is required. This employee must be able to operate effectively in a team environment, where communication within and among teams is essential to success. Ability to interact and communicate with staff orally and in writing is essential. Requires problem solving skills, ability to work cooperatively, and ability to effectively plan and implement work processes to meet daily, weekly, and monthly deadlines.

Candidate must exercise sound judgment. Requires experience photographing people, objects, and buildings on location. Familiarity with Adobe(tm) InDesign or other publishing software, experience with the photography of bound materials, and/or experience with preparing materials for print-on-demand publishing are preferred. Some familiarity with standard collections care, archives and museum practices, and best practices for object handling is preferred. Knowledge of Hasselblad Phocus capture software, understanding of digital image stitching, and familiarity with digital imaging technology and standards are also preferred. A valid driver’s license is required. Please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Shoot @ Janelia Farms

I had the pleasure of photographing at the well funded and gorgeously situated Janelia Farms laboratory, which is part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, earlier this winter.  There you can find people passionate about what they do and with the money to pursue that passion; ie Nirvana.

It was wonderful to work with reporter/editor Mary Beth Gardiner who is married to DC photographer Paul Fetters.  Everything a girl could ask for: interesting subjects, great display, a mosquito  backpack and butterfly room.

Thanks Mary Beth and Howard Hughes. May the grey goose rise again!

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Template for an Artists Statement

Many people struggle with the artist statement. I recently found in my papers a template that some of you might find helpful as a starting point.  Take what you like and disregard the rest. Here it is:

Title of Work

Artist’s Name

Contact info: One or Two Lines

Body of Artists Statement

Suggestions for creating an Artist’s statement

The goal is to describe your work quickly, succinctly, and clearly.

1. Set the tone to view your artwork and make the viewer want to explore more

2. Make a point, be specific to your exhibited work

3. Include the title to your images

4. Keep sentences short, keep it simple (my weakness!)

5. Use active sentence form

6. Engage the senses; what do you want you audiences to experience


1. Please use 1 inch margins on top and sides. 1 inch margin on the bottom if your text is that long.

2. Your statement should be approximately 150 words or less (obviously I did not write this! 150 words are you kidding? That is my synopsis). Not more than one page, double spaced, and an 11-12 pt. type size

3. Avoid making a list of what you like. (?)

4. Use natural language, write as you would talk.

5. Make it easy to read

Ideas for content:

1. Your approach to working

2. Describe your technique

3. Your philosophy as it is expressed in your art

4. Meaning of your work

5. Symbols, metaphors and analogies.

6. Themes and underlying issues.

7. Life experiences, influence on your work.

Tonight: At the Museum of American Art Caring for your Photography Collection

Collectors, photographers, printmakers and lovers of legacies: Tonight at the Smithsonian Museum of American Art, photographic conservator and author Sylvie Penichon will present a lecture of for collectors of contemporary photographs (hereafter referred to as “My People”). Technical information and tips for what to look for when acquiring artworks and preserving your collection will be discussed.  Come find out how to preserve your pictures for generations to come.

More info available here; My People I will see you at 6.


I Went to the Kutztown Folk Festival and Made One Photo

This one.

JUST got the film back and this frame is sandwiched between an image of a  Petrobras Oil rig in the Atlantic and scantily clad girls cavorting in a waterfall as we (a friend and I not the royal we) practiced some photo geek funnery  testing out our Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue shooter stuff.  It’s really quite a contact sheet. Love that.