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Job: Conservator, International Media Museum, Qatar

Senior Photography Conservator, International Media Museum, Qatar Museums Authority, Doha, Qatar. The IMM possesses one of the most outstanding and valuable photographic collections in the region and one that ranks with major collections through the world. The photographs are of exceptional quality and span from the 19th century to present. The collection includes photographs from early daguerreotypes through albums and photography - illustrated books to contemporary colour photographs and photographic advertising poster. Also IMM possesses a collection of films and photographic and film technology as well as a significant rare book collection.

The IMM is seeking a suitably qualified and experienced candidate to work full-time in collaboration with the Head Photography Conservator on the long term preservation and restoration planning of the collections.


Job Responsibilities

In conjunction with the head conservator, identifies problems and suggests appropriate approach based on established treatment standards. Proposes and carries out treatments and repairs to photography materials with minimal supervision and in accordance with accepted standards for conservation practice. Designs and makes complex, custom-fit enclosures for fragile materials bearing in mind the unique needs of those formats and their chemical interactions with the materials available for construction. Selects and uses appropriate specialized tools and equipment for the treatment task; this includes but is not limited to matt cutter machine, ultrasonic welder, suction table; may also perform maintenance on this equipment.

Examines materials through a set of visual techniques and as appropriate, using specialized equipment such as stereoscopes and X-ray fluorescence spectroscopy. Assists in the preparation of photography materials for exhibition. Assists with disaster recovery operations, following standard recovery procedures.

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor Degree in Photograph or Paper Conservation from a recognized art conservation training program or equivalent and 5 years of related work experience in the examination and treatment of photographic works.

Required Skills and Abilities

Well developed practical skills are essential and the ability to carry out complex treatments with limited supervision. A broad knowledge of materials and methods used in the photographic technology is essential, as well as communication and organization skills. Computer skills including experience in word processing and databases is essential.

Enquiries related to this positionshould be directed to: Maria Matta, Head Photography Conservator, International Media Museum (IMM), Qatar Museums Authority, Doha, Qatar. Tel: +974 44525881 or email: mmatta@qma.org.qa

 

Please note that the required languages used in Doha are in English or Arabic.

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