Digitization Manager

Production & Archive · New York, New York
Department Production & Archive
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced

About us

Magnum is a photographic collective founded in 1947. Magnum photographers are a rarity, and the agency is self-selecting, with a 4-year long process. The membership has evolved over the years to encompass the work of almost 100 diverse photographers. 

We have offices in New York, London, and Paris, and work with press, publishers, advertising, television, galleries, and museums across the world. We have a traveling roster of over 100 exhibitions, education initiatives focused on the next generation of visual storytellers, an e-commerce platform, and an editorial platform telling stories across art, culture, news, and photography to our audience of over 5.5 million.

About the role

Reporting to the Production Director, the Digitization Manager is a photographic post-production specialist that converts our analogue collections via scanning and photography to enable them to be accessed and preserved digitally. In addition, you will also take delivery of newly created work by our photographers to integrate with Magnums archive.


The role is based at Magnums New York City office. Visits to our other offices and photographer members’ homes may be required on occasion.

Working with the Archive Director and in tandem with our digitization staff in London and Paris, you will discover previously undigitized works and update existing digital assets before delivering to internal departments who then connect the content with our audiences.

This role contributes to the overall operation of Magnum Photos by creating thousands more images within the digital archive and improves quality, audience engagement and income generation. It is a rare opportunity to work with a famous collection of iconic photographs and world-renowned photographers.

This is a full-time role, 40hrs per week (09:30 - 18:30 Monday to Friday).

Who you are

You have a passion for photography and history with a high level of concentration and attention to detail. You are a specialist in photographic digitization and post-production as this will form most of your work. You are equally comfortable working on large scale digitization projects or single image requests, as required. You have a positive, problem solving approach and take great pride in the results of your work.


What youll do

  • Provide consistent throughput of high-quality digital images for the Magnum Photos archive
  • Digitize negatives, slides and prints using various digital capture methods
  • Provide on-demand image orders for stakeholders and clients
  • Process and upload newly created digital images supplied by our photographers
  • Maintain high standards of image quality and metadata
  • Manage multiple digitization projects simultaneously, balancing competing priorities
  • Report regularly to management on progress towards goals and objectives
  • Maintain digitization equipment and manage associated IT requirements
  • Contribute to digital asset storage planning

Essential skills and experience

  • Must possess high level retouching skills using Adobe Photoshop
  • Expertise in mass digitization and a strong understanding of collections management and metadata standards
  • Experienced and careful conservation handler of fragile, valuable items such as photographic negatives, slides and prints
  • Excellent project management experience
  • An ability to communicate effectively with staff and external stakeholders of all levels of understanding regarding digital assets
  • Able to work on both Mac and PC systems
  • Fluent in English

Desirable skills and experience

  • Experience using Imacon/Hasselblad virtual drum scanner hardware
  • Experience using DT systems/Phase One capture system hardware or similar camera systems
  • Experience using Capture One CH/Pro software
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office and Google docs software
  • French speaker

Thank You

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  • Location
    New York, New York
  • Department
    Production & Archive
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience