Job Posting 84962

Photographer I
Vancouver Art Gallery
Vancouver & Lower Mainland
Vancouver, B.C.
closes in 19 days (Thu, 14 Jul)
full time  •  Pay Grade 21 Step 1, $27.71 per hour





Reporting to the Photographer II, the incumbent produces photography and prepares digital images for reproduction, publication, publicity and/or archival purposes using studio lighting and equipment, digital cameras, and image software. The Photographer I works with staff in Curatorial, Marketing, Development, Public Programs, Gallery Store, the Director’s office and Museum Services to prepare photo images for internal and external use. The Photographer I works with the Photographer II in administering work-flow and maintenance for the studio, as well as the Photo Imaging archive, image servers and digital asset management.


Responsibilities include photographing art objects, using colour and image management software and equipment; producing press-ready digital image files for reproduction purposes, the web, and for various other outputs. The Photographer I works independently under the guidance of photographer II and assists as needed.




Create photographic images for internal and external use:


  • Using medium format digital cameras, photograph two-dimensional, three-dimensional and multi-media works of art from the Gallery's permanent collection and incoming loans, appraisals, and for cultural property applications.
  • Photograph exhibition installations, documenting all artworks, title walls and didactics.
  • Colour correct, composite and adjust digital image files as necessary to match original art or exhibition.
  • Prepare digital files for various output devices including publication, inkjet print, image archive and database, internet, and various reproduction media.
  • Administer the digital archive according to professional standards including naming, archiving, sharing, and retrieval conventions. Prepare and deliver files for digital asset management.


Participate in the activities of the Photo Imaging Department:

  • Prepare photo resources and distribute to media and other external users.
  • Assist with digital retouching, image file preparation, and pre-press production.
  • Calibrate and create ICC colour profiles for monitors, cameras, scanners, and proof printers.
  • Prepare photo images for presentations, social media, sponsorship packages, newsletters, etc.
  • Participate in research into new and evolving technologies and their potential application at the Gallery.
  • Assist in the development of digital and other processes and procedures and ensure adherence to digital processes/ standards.
  • Maintain and organize photo equipment and photo studio.
  • Assists the Photographer II as needed




Degree or Diploma in photography or media arts is required along with two years experience in photographic and digital work, including photographing fine art objects using digital imaging equipment, and use of ICC colour profiles, ftp client software, colour and image management software/hardware, Photoshop, and image databases.


The successful applicant will employ a good knowledge of studio lighting techniques and provide quality digital imaging manipulation when photographing both two dimensional and three-dimensional works of art. Knowledge and experience in the safe handling and movement of artworks is essential; experience working in a museum or gallery setting is an asset. Key attributes include excellent organizational and communication skills; the ability to work in a fast-paced dynamic environment and coordinate on multiple projects with tight deadlines; and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues and members of the public.


SALARY:           Pay Grade 21 Step 1, $27.71 per hour


HOURS:              Nine-day fortnight schedule, 70 hours bi-weekly


Please mail or fax your resume to the attention of the Director of Human Resources by Friday, July 15, 2022 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, 750 Hornby Street, Vancouver, B.C. V6Z 2H7, Fax: (604) 682-1086 or email


We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those short-listed will be contacted.


The Vancouver Art Gallery commits to providing equitable access to everyone. We actively support accessibility, anti-racism, LGBTQ2S+ inclusion and encourage diversity in our staff, visitors, volunteers, and programming. We cultivate a safer space where all voices are heard, valued, and represented. The Gallery stands against hatred, discrimination, racism, homophobia, and transphobia.


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