Paula's Pics

From Andy Warhol to Alfred Hitchcock, Paula Soares, Bridgeman Images’s Sales Manager for Paris, reveals some of her favorite images and clips in the archive. 

What is your role at Bridgeman?
 
As Sales Manager of the Paris office, my job covers many different areas. On the one hand, I’m in charge of some key sectors, like television, which I am constantly growing through sales development, meetings, calls, negotiations and attending trade shows, like the upcoming Sunny Side of the Doc documentary conference in La Rochelle. On the other hand, I also support our team with administration, agreements and sales reports to ensure everyone meets their target. There is always something to do. 
 
 
What do you love most about the job?
 
You never get bored! We are privileged to work closely with such beautiful collections and friendly clients. It is very satisfying to see them come back to us again and again. The projects on which we work are also as diverse as the collections we represent: one day we could be recreating the studio of a painter for a movie, the next we could be working on a video game highlighting the world of typography. Our images are everywhere. 
 
Finally, I love the dynamism at Bridgeman: within the last two years we’ve launched Bridgeman Footage and Bridgeman Studio, and recently changed our brand name. As a company we are always moving forward and looking for the next challenge. 

 

 

Paula Soares, Sales Manager for Bridgeman Images Paris.
Paula Soares, Sales Manager for Bridgeman Images Paris.

 

 
What misconceptions do clients most commonly have about the archive?
 
Many clients used to think that Bridgeman only license historical paintings, but in fact we also have unique and exclusive collections of photography and footage. 
 
Every day we’re ingesting new images, there are so many people working behind the scenes: IT, marketing, cataloguing... a whole team of experts dedicated to our clients. In addition to content online from the world’s most prestigious museums, collections and galleries, we can help source images offline and in a short space of time. The services at Bridgeman, from scanning to sales, are always of the highest quality. 
 

Paula’s favorite images and clips in the archive are…

 

Women bidding farewell to the troops, 1914 (b/w photo), Jacques Moreau (b.1887) / Archives Larousse, Paris, France / Giraudon / Bridgeman Images
Women bidding farewell to the troops, 1914 (b/w photo), Jacques Moreau (b.1887) / Archives Larousse, Paris, France / Giraudon / Bridgeman Images

 

With the centenary of the Great War approaching, we are fortunate to have photos by Jacques Moreau in our archives. He was 27 years old when he was enlisted by the French army, and during his four years in service, he photographed the daily lives of soldiers with the vision of a professional photographer. His eye for detail and humanistic gaze give us a strong testament of our past.
I have chosen this clip from our exclusive De Laszlo Archive because it was our first footage sale in Paris.

Our client was searching for intimate moments of the Princess and Prince of Monaco for a French TV programme dedicated to the 700th anniversary of Monaco. The painter Philip de Laszlo was rubbing shoulders with the European elite at this time, and we managed to find this gem in his collections of home movies.

 

Princess and Prince de Monaco with their son-in-law Prince de Valentinois / Bridgeman Images
Princess and Prince de Monaco with their son-in-law Prince de Valentinois / Bridgeman Images

 

 

Yves Saint Laurent, 1974 (silkscreen ink & polymer paint on canvas), Andy Warhol (1928-87) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Images
Yves Saint Laurent, 1974 (silkscreen ink & polymer paint on canvas), Andy Warhol (1928-87) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Images

 

 
 
 
 
 
I’ve seen the original of this portrait at the Fondation Pierre Bergé Yves Saint-Laurent few years ago in Paris. This painting is a meeting of two personalities whom I admire. 
 
In addition to his influence on the Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol was an unique character in his own right. Same goes for Yves Saint-Laurent, his life was as fascinating as his work. I had the chance to visit his workshops and see his creations – he was truly a great artist.
 
 
 
I enjoyed watching this clip, particularly the part about the 369th Infantry Regiment - also known as Harlem Hellfighters - as they played jazz on the boat. I learnt about their history not long ago and found their hope and courage very inspiring. 

 

Disembarkation NYC Harbour – 1919 / Bridgeman Images
Disembarkation NYC Harbour – 1919 / Bridgeman Images

 

 

Powerhouse Mechanic, c.1924; 1930s (gelatin silver print), Lewis Wickes Hine (1874-1940) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Images
Powerhouse Mechanic, c.1924; 1930s (gelatin silver print), Lewis Wickes Hine (1874-1940) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Images

 

 
 
 
 
 
Among all the fabulous Lewis Hine photographs in the archive, this one is definitely my favourite. It is the most iconic representation of an industrial worker.
 
Hines also used photographs as a way of inspiring social change, highlighting the plight of child labour and poverty in the US with an artistic approach.
 
 
I'll round off with this enjoyable clip featuring the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchock, talking about the joys of inducing fear in his audiences with classic wit and humour...

 

Hitchcock on Fear / Creative Arts Television / Bridgeman Images
Hitchcock on Fear / Creative Arts Television / Bridgeman Images

 

Find out more

Meet Paula at Sunny Side of the Doc (23-26 June), the annual French documentary festival with global networking opportunities. To arrange a meeting, and to find out more about Bridgeman’s growing footage collection, get in touch with her.

See our trade show calendar for other events where the Bridgeman team will be present. 


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