National Park Service Seeking ... the Next Ansel Adams?

Ansel Adams with a large-format camera. | Courtesy of National Park Service

Last week, an interesting job listing on USAJOBS, a website that lists job openings in the federal government, made the rounds on social media. The National Park Service, it turns out, is seeking a photographer to be based in Washington, D.C.

What's odd about the position, which pays up to $99,000 a year, is the type of photography: "large format" — in other words, the old-timey 4x5 and 6x7 view cameras that once were the industry standard. The photographer, the listing says, will be in charge of creating "large-format photographic documentation to the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the HABS/HAER/HALS permanent collection at the Library of Congress," among other duties.

Large-format photography isn't completely a thing of the past, but hand-held cameras and, later, digital photography have pushed it to the margins. Still, some of history's greatest photographers were masters of large format.

One of them, of course, was Ansel Adams, a longtime Arizona Highways contributor who also completed many assignments from the Park Service. Some of those photos are collected in Ansel Adams: The National Park Service Photographs, which you can find on Amazon.

If you're a large-format buff and are thinking of applying, you'd better hurry: The application window closes tomorrow.

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Hiring me will be a very positive move for the NPS. It is doubtful that anyone would do a better job than I. I have a great feel for compostion, film speeds, lighting and point of view.

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its a simple decision, I spent my entire life capturing what my eyes have seen, and i am one to take ANSEL ADAMS PLACE I am disabled and must give up on my passion of architectural masonry and construction I know sacred geometry, Fibonacci code and know the secret to reveal nature on film or digital format my photo bank speak for them selves, contact me on face book or artist LARRY ANTHONY as a disable american it would be gift of our creator and our SW Americans to be honored to spend all my days capturing the ever changing landscape and flaura and fauna and the skies, clouds, and wildlife, i dream of just living simple with my cameras and being paid to be alone in the wild I know nature i am an ex wildfire fighter and VFD fireman AND AN OLD SKI PATROL SO I WILL SURVIVE AND be SAFE ALWAYS, Please consider a 58 yr old man with experience and one WHO KNOWS WHAT BEAUTY IS, AND WHAT SYMMETRY geology , hydrology, IS AND WHAT ARIZONA TRULY IS MAGNIFICENT DESOLATION

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