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Photographers Studio Manager

£25,000 – £30,000
Junior, Entry Level
Part Time, Freelance
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Job Description


East London-based Photographer is looking for a highly motivated and resourceful individual to manage all photographic projects and studio operations. This position is part-time (3-4 days per week average) with included training and personal development in colour darkroom printing and assisting on set.

Job Spec:

We seek to employ a dedicated, self-managing, and adaptable individual to manage the photographer’s studio.

We desire a quick learner, capable of leading tasks themselves, who will swiftly be in a position to oversee all operations with initiative and consideration.

These qualities are more important than many years of experience. We expect the successful candidate to demonstrate their abilities in these areas with examples.

Operations include:

- Complete logistical organisation of shoots; from ordering films through to archiving work, in

collaboration with photographer’s agency

- Daily and weekly review of projects and short-term tasks with photographer

- Between jobs: Packing camera equipment, charging batteries and preparing film

- Before jobs: arranging transport, coordinating crew, organising briefing documents

- During jobs: coordinating timeline and specific needs, preparation of subsequent jobs

- After jobs: supervising post-production with retouchers and agency

- Image research for moodboards and proposals

- Liasing with photographer’s gallery for exhibitions, books, and other publishing

- Research into Carbon Neutral initiatives to further the photographer’s ongoing work in this area

- Scanning prints, preparing files for post-production

- Basic expense tracking

- Maintenance of calendar

The studio manager will also carry out darkroom printing in the photographer’s private darkroom. This will be as an assistant, not the main person responsible for printing the photographer’s work. A generous amount of training, along with time and materials for self-experimentation, will be provided to encourage the studio manager’s printing abilities.

Where suitable shoots arise in London, the studio manager will often be hired on set to work as an photographic assistant, loading film and helping with lighting. Again, valuable training, time and materials will be provided to help develop their skills in this area. They will also be recording lighting and camera setups for an ongoing shoot database.

Job Skills:

Essential skills:

- 2+ years of experience in the photography, production, or art industries - Self-starter mindset to research and solve problems independently

- Attention to detail and fastidious organisation

- Polite and professional matter in person, on phone, and by email

- Basic knowledge of Adobe Suite, Office Suite, Mac OS

Desirable skills:

- Knowledge of black&white or colour darkroom printing

- Fluency with Photoshop for colour grading and scan spotting

- Experience working on set in a commercial photographic shoot - Understanding of analogue cameras, processes, or laboratories

Job Terms:

The candidate will work from the photographer’s studio or darkroom, both in East London.

The average working schedule is 3-4 days per week. Some additional days may be needed during busy periods, which will be suitably compensated.

The photographer travels often, so candidates must demonstrate their ability to work without direct supervision.

The salary is dependant on experience, pro rata between £25,000 - £30,000 pa.