Victoria's Pics

Bridgeman’s CEO reveals some of her favourite images and clips in the archive. 

 

Victoria Bridgeman, CEO of Bridgeman Images and the brains behind Bridgeman Studio
Victoria Bridgeman, CEO of Bridgeman Images and the brains behind Bridgeman Studio

 


What is your role at Bridgeman?

I am lucky enough to be the captain of the ship – or CEO!


 
What do you love most about the job?

I love the variety that comes with my job – every day is furiously busy and non-stop!  One of the best parts is that I get to travel to many amazing cities to see our clients and collections as well as our international offices in Paris, Berlin, New York and LA.
 
At Bridgeman, life is never dull. One day I could be meeting with prospective clients in Florence and going through their picture collection, the next I could be meeting with advertising agents in San Francisco and the next I could be on the other side of the world in Japan or Korea, meeting our agents who are doing such a fantastic job for us out there. 
 
Having said that, I also love getting stuck into things at our HQ in London. I spend most of my time between company  and client or artist meetings, and thanks to our wonderful team of people at Bridgeman, it is always interesting and great fun!
 
But the absolute BEST things about working at Bridgeman? Our amazing content and people.
What misconceptions do clients most commonly have about the archive?

I think people often don’t realise just how much contemporary art and incredible footage we have in our collection, and make the mistake of thinking we only have works by Van Gogh and Da Vinci.

While we do have hundreds of incredible masterpieces, we are also fortunate to represent young, emerging artists and a huge amount of social history photography, like the infamous ‘shot’ that captured England’s victory at the World cup in 1966 (alas, not to be repeated this year!); and historical clips like Martin Luther King’s ‘I have a dream’ speech. So dive in and explore!
 

 

World Cup Final, 1966 (b/w photo) / Photo © Neil Libbert / Bridgeman Images
World Cup Final, 1966 (b/w photo) / Photo © Neil Libbert / Bridgeman Images

 

 

The March, part 6: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - I Have A Dream - speech at the March on Washington, 1963 / Bridgeman Footage
The March, part 6: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. - I Have A Dream - speech at the March on Washington, 1963 / Bridgeman Footage

 

 

Victoria's favourite images and clips in the archive are…

 

Irises, 1890 (oil on canvas),Vincent van  Gogh (1853-90) / Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam / Roger-Viollet, Paris / Bridgeman Images
Irises, 1890 (oil on canvas),Vincent van Gogh (1853-90) / Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam / Roger-Viollet, Paris / Bridgeman Images

 

 
 
 
Talk about clichéd, but this Van Gogh is one of my favourites. I will never forget being taken to see it at Sotheby's by my mum when I was 15, just before it was bought for a world record-breaking amount by Alan Bond in 1987.
 
To think that it is probably sitting in some Japanese bank vault now is a shame, but at least, thanks to brilliant partners like Art.com we can all have amazing quality and affordable copies on our walls. For this and more amazing prints go to www.bridgemanprints.com
 
 
I fell in love with the early Renaissance at 17, when I went on an art history course to Florence with a load of friends. I don’t think you could ask for a more mind-blowing and beautiful introduction to the history of western art than Florence.
 
Still, whenever I am lucky enough to visit one of the museums we represent, I always head straight to their renaissance collections to feast my eyes on Duccio, Cimabue, Uccello, Mantegna, Ghirlandaio, I could go on and on....

 

The Agony in the Garden,from the Altarpiece of St. Zeno of Verona, 1456-60 (oil on panel), Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506) / Musee des Beaux-Arts, Tours, France / Giraudon / Bridgeman Images
The Agony in the Garden,from the Altarpiece of St. Zeno of Verona, 1456-60 (oil on panel), Andrea Mantegna (1431-1506) / Musee des Beaux-Arts, Tours, France / Giraudon / Bridgeman Images

 

 

Henri Gaudier-Brzeska with his sculpture 'Bird Swallowing Fish' in Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge, 1914 (b/w photo), English Photographer / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images
Henri Gaudier-Brzeska with his sculpture 'Bird Swallowing Fish' in Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge, 1914 (b/w photo), English Photographer / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

 

 
 
At school, where I spent most of my time trying to escape, one of my favourite distractions was our art history lessons. I wrote a thesis on Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, a little known artist of the Vorticist movement. He was killed aged 21 in the First World War and I've been slightly in love with him ever since reading his biography ‘Savage Messiah’ which I highly recommend. 
 
We are very proud to represent The Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, where the biggest collection of work by Gaudier-Brzeska resides. If you haven’t visited and you would like to find out more about this romantic genius, read the book and go!

 

Self Portrait, 1913, Henri (1891-1915) Gaudier-Brzeska / Southampton City Art Gallery, UK / Bridgeman Images
Self Portrait, 1913, Henri (1891-1915) Gaudier-Brzeska / Southampton City Art Gallery, UK / Bridgeman Images

 

 

Woman and Dog, 1914, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915) / © Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge, UK / Bridgeman Images
Woman and Dog, 1914, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska (1891-1915) / © Kettle's Yard, University of Cambridge, UK / Bridgeman Images

 

 
 
 
 
I used to take Henri Matisse for granted and then I went to see his chapel in Vence and it had a huge impact on me. It is the most harmonious and spiritually uplifting modern building I have ever visited.  
 
I now see Matisse's work in a different light. I am longing to go and see his cut-outs at Tate Modern, which is exhibiting in London until the beginning of September, and then moving to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, for their show in October. 

 

Blue Nude III, 1952 (gouache on paper), Henri Matisse (1869-1954) / Musee National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France / Bridgeman Images
Blue Nude III, 1952 (gouache on paper), Henri Matisse (1869-1954) / Musee National d'Art Moderne, Centre Pompidou, Paris, France / Bridgeman Images

 

 

WWI battle scenes on the Italian Front / Chronos Media / Bridgeman Footage
WWI battle scenes on the Italian Front / Chronos Media / Bridgeman Footage

 

I find this piece of footage eerily discombobulating. I have watched it time and time again, and each time I cannot believe that what we are watching on our screens is happening for real in front of the camera. 
 
With the WWI centenary approaching, we are all being deluged with images and literature, and Bridgeman is proud to represent collections like Chronos Media and the exclusive Buff films.
 
6. Contemporary talent
 
Bridgeman Studio is our latest addition to the Bridgeman’s growing collection of contemporary artists, and a total passion of mine. I believe we can really help make a difference to young artists’ lives by giving them a platform for their work, educating them about the world of copyright and commercial licensing and creating a revenue stream for them while they get on with their art.  
 
Here are just a few of my favourites...

 

Yellow Lake, 2005 (reduction woodcut), Tom Hammick (b.1963) / Courtesy of Hammick Editions / Bridgeman Images
Yellow Lake, 2005 (reduction woodcut), Tom Hammick (b.1963) / Courtesy of Hammick Editions / Bridgeman Images

 

 

Catherine, 2009, Alessandro Raho (Studio Artist) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images
Catherine, 2009, Alessandro Raho (Studio Artist) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

 

 

B is for banana, 2007, Luke Martineau (Studio Artist) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images
B is for banana, 2007, Luke Martineau (Studio Artist) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

 

 

Studio, Jenny Wheatley (Studio Artist) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Studio
Studio, Jenny Wheatley (Studio Artist) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Studio

 

 
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