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Lauren Reese

Photographer

Chicago, IL

lauren.c.reese@gmail.com


Skills

Photography

100%

Adobe Photoshop

90%

Web Development

80%

Metadata

75%

Strong research, writing, and supervising skills. Detail oriented. Able to work calmly under high stress environments. 10+ years of customer service. Works well with others in a diplomatic fashion. Data assetmanagement, data entry, accounting basics, web development. 

Expertise in photography (photochemical and digital practices) including digitization equipment and best practices. Metadata, cataloging and digital preservation, handling fragile and rare archival materials. Knowledgable about image sourcing and visual resources. IP Copyright law (specific to image reproductions), management of publication production.


Languages

English

Spanish

HTML

CSS



Work Experience

Visitor Services/Bookseller
Oklahoma Historical Society
Sep 2016 - Current

• Greeted Museum patrons, provided information and assistance at the main entry, such as directing patrons to exhibits, library, and research center.

• Executed exhibition ticket sales, membership sales, audio tours, public program reservations, and Research Library admission. Provided general information to callers regarding hours, admission, public programs, reservations, directions, parking, etc.

• Prioritized administrative task assignments in relation to daily operating functions.

• Assisted Museum Store Director with book buying duties including curation of selection, streamlining ordering process with publishers, and maintaining Museum Store website to accurately reflect in-store inventory and populating content


Rights & Images Assistant
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Dec 2014 - Aug 2016

• Processed, organized, catalogued, and maintained museum produced photochemical and digital photographic archives, including a decade backlog of exhibition, installation, performance, and events digital assets.

• Administer digital asset management for 1.4 million assets through Extensis Portfolio and The Museum System (TMS).

• Generated and audited over 3,000 object records of museum's accessioned/deaccessioned artworks and promised gifts for a database migration from FileMaker Pro to TMS; populated over 2,500 images on museum's collection website.

• Wrote and implemented policies and corresponding fee schedule for researchers along with providing visual resources.

• Administered external image and reproduction requests equaling $7,000.00 in annual income.

• Assist in the production of five exhibition catalogues and four seasonal magazines in conjunction with curators to source  images, negotiations with artists' rights societies, studios, galleries, and other copyright holders. 

• Project manager for timeline of publications to meet deadlines, track licensing fees to meet or lower budget costs, and  coordinate with contracted photographers for photo shoots when existing images unavailable.

• Ensure all departments followed copyright laws and regulations while certifying image quality for print; coordinate with designers for captions and credits for all print and digital publications.

• Supervise Photo Archives Interns


Photographic Specialist
Dodd Camera
Feb 2014 - Dec 2014

• Coordinated large camera and video rental reservations of $20,000.00+ to high end corporate clients  (Architectural Photography Firm Hedrich Blessing, Kohl's, Lands' End, Sears, Groupon, etc.).

• Met deadlines of testing returned equipment and packing reserved orders under high stress and increased clientele traffic.

• Administered deposits for rentals, insurance policies with clients, and created sales orders/cash register duties.

• Coordinate with couriers and shipping logistics to neighboring stores and clients.

• Provided exceptional customer service in a competitive online sales market by engaging customers with demos of products.

Photo Equipment: Strobes ProFoto Acute/Pro (DFR2400, Pro B Series, D1 AIR); Broncolor (Scoro, Verso, Pulso); Speedotron (2403 pack, 202s); Speedlites (Canon 600 EX-RT); HMI, LED, Tungsten Continuous 5600k JOKER, ARRI, KINOFLOW (Diva & Tegra), LITE PANELS (1x1 Bicolor), LOWEL (200/400 Prime). Light Modifieres for all above (Chimera, Elenchrome, Profoto).

Video Equipment: Zeiss CP.2 Cinema lens series, Marshall HD Monitors, Zacuto should rigs and other accessories. Røde shotgun Mic & Videomic Pro. Senheiser MKE 400 Shoe Mic & wireless lavalier kit. ZOOM H4N audio recorder.

Studio Accessories: Manfrotto, Cartoni, O'Conir tripods, booms, stands, seamless, etc. (DSLR cameras, lenses, audio recorders, continuous/strobe lighting, and all lighting studio accessories).


Keyholder/Bookseller
City Lit Books
Aug 2012 - Feb 2014

• Used previous retail and inventory experience to assist in the opening of an independent bookstore and curating the art, philosophy, Spanish literature, and books in Spanish sections.

• Lead for inventory control including receiving/shipping procedures from local and national publishers; purchase orders, vendor profiles, SKU assignment for consignment products, and tracking wholesale discounts.

• Place orders with distributors for special customer requests and restock on a weekly basis; responsible for opening/closing duties including cash flow, debit/credit transactions, and daily bank deposits.

• I.T. support and content creator for store's website, social media platforms, monthly newsletters, and press releases.  In-house photographer for store events.

• Collaborate with colleagues on bookclubs, author readings, and off site events including magazine publisher Contratiempo's  annual series Poseía en Abríl at the Poetry Foundation and the National Museum of Mexican Art.

Education

Columbia Collge Chicago
2008 - 2011

Bachelors of Arts in Photography, Minor in Latino & Latin American Studies



Involvement

Volunteer
Sixty Inches From Center
May 19 - 21, 2017

Sixty Inches From Center is a non-profit online arts publication and archiving initiative. The partnership with Harold Washington Library is an ongoing effort to get contemporary Chicago artists and spaces in the Chicago Artist Files which includes over 11,000 artists that has been compiled over the past 70 years. During the three day festival I volunteered at the DIY Archiving, Scanning, and Digitizing Station. Here I taught participants how to scan their ephemera themselves (encouraged) or to drop off materials and scanned and digitized their ephemera for them. As part of a residency with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events this event took placed at the Chicago Cultural Center.


Photo Archives Intern
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Summer 2014

Researched and digitized archival photographic materials documenting the MCA's institutional history according to museum standards and best practices. Tasks include: handling and digitizing slides and negatives in various formats, and processing raw scans with Photoshop in order to produce web-ready images. Demonstrated experience with traditional and digital photographic practices, including my background in contemporary art history.


Mural Mosaic Installation Intern
Green Star Movement
Spring/Summer 2013

Worked with high school, middle school, and elementary students of Chicago Public Schools and After School Matters in Chicago's at-risk south and west side neighborhoods. Assisted in the preparations of mural designs, execution, and instruction. Instructed and supervised students on technical skills of the mosaic process while engaging in their artistic visions. Promoted the history, culture, and arts of México & Latin America to students.


Camera Operator
Cinema Libertad
Aug - Dec 2012

Collaborated with director Robert Stockwell, named filmmaker of the year in the Chicago Reader's The People Issue 2014 on location for a feature documentary film. Assembled, prepared, and set up video and audio equipment. Executed camera movements for cinematography, found solutions to technical and logistical problems. Creatively framed and captured action, responded quickly to directions. Burnt in Memory screened at the 2015 Chicago Underground Film Festival


Publications

The Propeller Group
June 4, 2016

Naomi Beckwith
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago


Kerry James Marshall: Mastry
April 19, 2016

Elizabeth Alexander, Ian AlteveerHelen Molesworth, Dieter Roelstraete
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
Rizzoli


The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art & Music, 1965 to Now
July 11, 2015

Naomi Beckwith, Dieter Roelstraete
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
The University of Chicago Press


Doris Salcedo
Feb 21, 2015

Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Madeleine Grynsztejn
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
The University of Chicago Press



Professional Development

Inter-University Program for Latino Research 5th Biennial LATINO ART NOW! Conference attendee
April 7-9, 2016

University of Illinois at Chicago | Chicago, IL


Visual Resources Association (VRA) Midwest Chapter Conference attendee
March 10-14, 2015

University of Minesota, Twin City | Minneapolis, MN


Metadata for Digitization & Preservation
Feb 3-4, 2016

Lyrasis


Archives Preservation
Jan 2016

Lyrasis


Codes of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts
May 15, 2015

CAA


Orphan Works Basics & Best Practices
May 27, 2015

AAM


Fair Use in Scholarship
April 10, 2015

CAA


Copyright for Digital Projects
Jan 5, 2015

Northeast Document Conservation Center