Jenny, how on earth did you get started with selecting images for Bridgeman from De Agostini's vast picture library?
I have a remit to fill in the gaps in the Bridgeman archive, yet at the same time complement our existing specialism of art, culture and history images. We are best known for our wonderful collection of fine art images and therefore I have focused on selecting photography of people, places, archaeology and monuments of historical and cultural interest.
I also need to address the needs of an increasingly global client base and listen to the feedback from our sales teams and network of international agents. One example is the addition of images of modern architecture in South America following demand from our New York office. Another important consideration is that images are easy to clear, making the image licensing process much smoother for clients.
"We are best known for our fine art images... focussed on selecting photography of people, places, archaeology and monuments of historical and cultural interest."
Did you have a particular audience in mind when selecting images?
Do you have any examples of how you have been able to respond to specific client requests?
Which images from this archive have particularly caught your eye?
Other great images I have sourced for the Bridgeman archive include reconstructions of archaeological sites, wonderful photographs of Ethiopians celebrating the Timkat festival, cave paintings in the Sahara desert and rock drawings from Kakadu National Park.
And lastly, can you remember your first ever search at Bridgeman?
That is going back. In 1992 I was asked to search images for a book about the Kama Sutra and last month I had the same research request. Some subjects never lose their appeal!
Bridgeman’s Research Service
Jenny chooses new material for the library from collection partners including Chatsworth House, The Royal Collection and Te Papa Art Gallery in Wellington. For general research assistance, or if you need help finding a specific image from the De Agostini Picture Library, please email requests in the first instance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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