Photography Apprenticeship

About the Photography Apprenticeship 

Each year, Mural Arts creates 50 – 100 works of public art. Much of this work has associated programming and events, and all of it requires some level of photo documentation. During our busiest seasons (May 15 – November 15) Mural Arts offers a Photography Apprenticeship (PA) to assist in documentation of this work.

Under the supervision and instruction of that Staff Photographer, the PA team works as lead or second shooter on project based events and programming. While the majority of the work is event related, there are also regular opportunities for editorial, portrait, and other types of photography.

Instruction is built into the position, and work is reviewed regularly.


Steve Weinik

Staff Photographer

An interview with Mural Arts Philadelphia Staff Photographer, Steve Weinik.

What are the Hours? 

The PA is an assignment driven position, and does not have regular hours. An average month requires a 15 – 20 hour commitment. The term is 6 months, spanning spring, summer and fall. Events often take place weekends and evenings, in all corners the city, and reliable transportation, or access to it is strongly recommended.

Shepard Fairey visits the midnight installation of Michelle Angela Ortiz's Familias Separadas stencil-mural at 9th and Washington in South Philadelphia. Photo by Photo Apprentice Rohaan Malhorta.

Is the Position Paid? 

A stipend is given to the PA to help cover the cost of transportation and ancillary expenses, but the position is not paid. When available, lift training, and day long seminars on lighting or post production are also included.

Former PA’s are also included in a pool for paid freelance work with Mural Arts. After the term of the apprenticeship, students are recommended for paid work.

Take better photos by learning how to drive an articulating boom lift. Photo by Steve Weinik.

Should I Apply? 

The PA is targeted to photography students or advanced amateurs looking to take the next step, and gain real world shooting experience. It offers the opportunity to shoot a variety of subjects for a wide range of audiences. Events are mainly after traditional work hours, and most PA’s work or go go school full-time while completing the program.

How Will My Photos Be Used? 

Your photos will be used to promote Mural Arts in print and on our website. Third party use includes editorial (print and online media) and your photos may be shared with project partners and funders for non-commercial use.

You will retain copyright on all of your work.

How do I Apply? 

To apply, please send a resume, brief cover letter, equipment list, and 8 – 10 relevant work samples (or a link to an online gallery) to

Applications are accepted year-round, but the PA team is assembled for our busiest seasons (May 15 – November 15).