"Do you want to be Ansel Adams?" That's how the Connecticut Post dresses up what initially sounds like a boring federal job with the National Park Service. The USA Jobs listing for "Photographer, GS-1060-11/12 (1564575)" at first sounds like just another gig toiling for The Man in DC. Whoever got the job would be responsible for churning out "large-format photographic documentation" for the Library of Congress' permanent collection, as well as coming up with guidelines for documentation, evaluating submissions, and making presentations abou—zzzzzzzzzzzz. "I'm curious about the ratio of time spent cleaning tanks and maintaining gear to venturing into pristine landscapes with a large format camera slung over one shoulder," Stan Horaczek quips in Popular Photography magazine.
But while most of that "doesn't sound terribly sexy," as the Post frames it, the paper doubles down on why this could be what Popular Photography still labels a "potential photography dream job." "Remember, back in 1941, [Ansel Adams] contracted with the Department of the Interior to document the nation's rich natural beauty, producing iconic images of our National Parks," the Post notes. "While the majority of his most beloved images belong to Adams, these years working for the government produced a body of work that we all own." The salary could also be a selling point: The applicant who nabs the job would make somewhere between $63,722 and $99,296 per year, depending on experience. Now where'd we put that Hasselblad? (All this talk about old-school photography might make you nostalgic for the nearly extinct one-hour photo shop.)