Calling All Photographers


In celebration and recognition of the Town of Reading’s 375th Anniversary and the Reading Public Library’s 150th Anniversary, the Reading Public Library is seeking a candidate to serve as a Photographer-in-Residence to capture the unique life and culture of Reading over the course of one year (2019). The short-term goal is to continue adding the efforts to capture and preserve a photographic record of Reading for a 12 month period. The long-term goal is to continue this project for a period of years, with different photographers who will document changes in the town over time.

The position of Photographer-in-Residence will include a $1,000 stipend, and the term will run from January 1, 2019, to December 31, 2019. Anyone interested in serving in this position should submit a statement of vision for their year-long project and a sample portfolio of photographs by Friday, November 9, 2018. The statement of vision and sample portfolio can be dropped off at the Reading Public Library’s Borrower Services in print and/or in digital form on a thumb drive. This year’s winner will be announced by Friday, December 14, 2018.

Essential Criteria

  • Positions are open to all ages from high school and up.
  • Positions last for a one-year term, from January 1 to December 31.
  • The Photographer-in-Residence will receive a stipend of $1,000 for the year, half of which will be awarded at the beginning of the term and half at the end.
  • The Photographer-in-Residence will be required to submit twenty-five photographs every three months for a total of 100 photographs taken throughout the year. Each photograph should capture Reading’s life and culture in some way and must include information about each photograph (title, date, description, identification of people and events in the photographs, etc.). Photographs can be submitted in digital and/or printed form.
  • Anyone interested in applying for the position must submit a statement of vision for their year-long project and a sample portfolio of photographs in print or in digital form on a thumb drive. A committee will decide who will be awarded the position.
  • Applicants do not need to be Reading residents, but they need to be willing to engage enough with the Reading community to produce results.
  • All photographs submitted as part of the year-long project become the property of the Reading Public Library.

Please contact the Reading Public Library ( or visit for more information.

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