Ansel Adams is one of the most renowned photographers of all time, and his most famous work was his stunning large-format monochrome landscape photography of natural American locations like Yosemite. He worked with the Department of the Interior from 1941 to capture imagery of US National Parks in his inimitable style; now, the Department has posted a job listing that'd see a new photographer follow in Adams's footsteps.
The full-time job is based out of Washington, DC, though it may require travel of up to ten nights a month, and has a stated salary range of $63,722 to $99,296 a year. The successful applicant will be well-versed in "the principles and techniques of large format, black and white photography," although knowledge of digital techniques is also required.
Ansel Adams is a hard act to follow
The photos taken will serve as documentation for the HABS/HAER/HALS permanent collection at the Library of Congress, meaning the photographer may be needed to capture historic buildings and examples of engineering work as well as landscapes. The job posting warns of necessary "physical exertion such as long periods of standing; walking over rough or rocky surfaces; recurring bending, crouching, or stretching; and recurring lifting of moderately heavy equipment and materials" along with "moderate risks and discomfort due to the deteriorating state of some sites and exposure to weather conditions," though, so the successful applicant can expect to spend much of their time outdoors.
Names don't get much harder to follow than that of Ansel Adams, but the National Park Service's desire to hire someone into a similar full-time role is encouraging. Whoever ends up filling the position should be giving us some amazing pictures of the American landscape soon enough.