The Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) is hiring a full-time Photographer to join the Imaging Services department. Founded in 1973, NEDCC is a not-for-profit conservation and preservation services center, supporting the collections of its private and institutional clients through book, paper, and photograph conservation, digital reformatting, and preservation assistance. The successful candidate will be joining a team of experienced and productive photographers, and will benefit from working alongside conservators and specialists dedicated to the treatment and care of the range of objects the Imaging Services department digitizes.
The Photographer will be charged principally with the digital reformatting of the extensive and diverse collections held by NEDCC’s institutional and private clients. These include virtually all photographic media, particularly nitrate, acetate, polyester, and glass-plate negatives and positives, X-ray film, photographic prints, and direct positives like daguerreotypes and ambrotypes; bound and loose manuscript material; rare books and illuminated manuscripts; and oversized items such as maps and blueprints. To this end, the Imaging Services department utilizes PhaseOne medium format and Nikon SLR digital camera systems; copystands; custom stations for imaging oversized, transmissive, and bound materials; Broncolor strobes; a GE X-ray film scanner; Epson wide format printer; Eizo displays; and a color managed workflow. While we are primarily Mac-based we also use PCs, and maintain our own network, server, and archive.
Reporting to the Director of Imaging Services, the Photographer will: • As needed, establish ideal conditions for digitally photographing a project’s specific material types. • Digitally capture archival and special collection materials. • Apply standard post-capture image adjustments such as rotation and cropping, neutralizing color, and inverting and enhancing negatives. • On a project-by-project basis, perform complex post-capture image adjustments and processing, including file stitching and digital restoration. • Print high-quality reproductions of digitally captured files. • Always strive for process and image quality improvements within individual projects. • Collaborate with colleagues to identify the most efficient workflows for digitizing materials safely, while also maintaining the highest standards of quality. • Track project status and submit daily production reports. • Adhere to NEDCC hours of service. • Perform other duties as assigned.
• Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline. • Experience or training in the handling of rare and fragile paper-based materials. • Minimum 2 years’ experience digitally reformatting archival and special collection materials or works of art. • Proficiency in the use of imaging hardware, particularly digital medium format and SLR camera systems. • Knowledge of studio lighting equipment and techniques. • Experience using RAW workflow software such as Lightroom or CaptureOne, and editing software such as Photoshop. • Strong eye for color, value, composition, and visual accuracy. • Demonstrated ability to work under deadlines in a production-oriented environment. • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively. • Exceptional problem solving skills. • Meticulous attention to detail. • Enthusiasm and creativity.
Founded in 1973, the Northeast Document Conservation Center is the first nonprofit conservation center to specialize in the conservation and reformatting of paper-based materials. NEDCC’s mission is to improve the preservation efforts of libraries, archives, historical organizations, museums, and other repositories; to provide the highest quality services to institutions that lack in-house conservation and reformatting facilities, or those that seek specialized expertise; and to provide leadership in the preservation, conservation, and imaging fields. Its services include book, paper, and photograph conservation; digital reformatting; audio preservation; assessments and consultations; disaster assistance; and workshops and conferences. NEDCC is located in Andover, MA, twenty-five miles north of Boston. For more information, please visit www.nedcc.org.
Only persons with the legal right to work in the United States are eligible. Salary will be commensurate with experience. NEDCC is an equal opportunity employer. This position will remain open until filled.
To apply, please send a cover letter, resume, and names and contact information for three references as a single PDF to: Terrance D’Ambrosio, Director of Imaging Services.