...but only if you shoot large format and film.

There’s an increasingly dominant school of thought among photographers that goes something like this:  “Film photography is moribund. It’s fine as a novelty sideline, for someone who’s into that, but it’s just not where the photography world is at anymore, and the outliers need to realize that the debate is over, and has been over. The question is no longer, Film vs. Digital? We’ve moved on, and the challenge now is to effectively appropriate the powerful gifts that digital technology makes available to the photographer.”

National Park Service photographerWell, if you’re of that school of thought, it may be interesting to you to learn that the National Park Service hasn’t gotten the memo. Indeed, they’ve recently put out a memo of their own, listing a job opening for a large format film photographer.

And before you start snickering knowingly, please note that they are wanting to pay this person $100,000. One hundred thousand federal reserve notes for a National Park Service Photographer. [Apply here.]

We’re basically talking about the successor to Ansel Adams.

Would you like to see part of the job description? Get a load of this:

National Park Service photographer“Produces large-format photographic documentation to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the HABS/HAER/HALS permanent collection at the Library of Congress. Develops photographic guidelines and standards for traditional and born-digital photographic processes and products.  Produces exhibition quality prints for exhibition, publication, or other visual purposes.  Evaluates submissions and provides advice and assistance concerning production of photographic documentation for donations to the collection or for mitigation purposes.  Makes presentations about the collection or the programs to various public and private groups.”

National Park Service photographerNational Park Service photographerAccording to Phogotraphy, this job will require the use of “large format cameras and related equipment to take and process photographs in a field setting.” And if that isn’t enough to get your pulse elevated—those of you who may be secret filmophiles—there’s this: the person who accepts this job will need to “Operate a photographic laboratory to process film and images and prepare for field work.”


National Park Service photographerIf this position sounds appealing to you, you’ll want to get your application in chop-chop! The deadline is December 15th.

P.S.  If you want to be regaled with a resurrection of the “film vs. digital” discussion, the comment string at the end of the article is magnificent.

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