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Diamond / Laurence Lavallee
How do I join?
To begin your Registration, submit all required information on the Registration Page.
You will be required to Pre-Register by submitting a selection of images which will be reviewed by the Bridgeman Studio team along with an assessment of your existing online presence. This may take a couple of days, so we will contact you.
Artists are invited to join based on the quality of their work, the quality of their photography, and most importantly, whether we feel we have clients for your images.
How much does it cost?
Bridgeman Studio exists on an annual subscription basis. The cost for an artist to join is GBP £100 (ex. VAT) / €125 (ex. VAT) / US$150.
For students under the age of 25 and in full-time education, a discounted fee of £50 (ex. VAT) / €60 (ex. VAT) / US$100 is available.
For countries outside the Eurozone or the United States of America artists will be billed in GBP.
Can anyone join Bridgeman Studio?
Yes! The Bridgeman Studio team evaluates everyone’s artwork equally from a commercial licensing perspective. The aim of Bridgeman Studio is to curate the best creative content for image licensing.
If invited to join as a Bridgeman Studio Artist, you will be asked to complete your registration, following which your images will join our community of successful artists.
How will my artwork be licensed?
We work with over 30,000 clients across multiple industries worldwide. This includes editorial, packaging, branding, graphic design, interior design, marketing and advertising.
Artists will also be invited to create custom artwork on commission if requested by a client.
Which art forms can Bridgeman Studio accept?
Bridgeman has a unique history of representing the world’s leading museums, galleries, private collections and artists. Bridgeman Studio is currently accepting submissions for high-resolution fine art, photography, illustration and graphic art.
Small in Between / Graham Dean
How do I upload my images?
Images are uploaded to Bridgeman Studio via our tailored Image Uploader. Images will be ingested and then appear in your artist's account page where you can use the simple Cataloguer tool to add the relevant cataloging information.
Where will my images be available?
Your images will appear in the Bridgeman Images archive, the world’s leading rights-managed resource for images and footage.
We have over 40 years of experience in licensing art internationally, representing leading museums, artists, private collections and galleries, coordinated by our team of experts.
How will clients find my images?
Clients can search and find artist’s images in a number of different ways;
- Typing the artists name into the main search box on each page
- Searching by keyword. If a keyword you have catalogued is used, your image will show in the search results
- By searching our full list of Bridgeman Studio Artists
- Clients approaching our Sales Team directly will have access to Picture Researchers and will be presented with lightboxes (curated selections) of images which suit the brief a client has given
- Artist's work will appear throughout the Bridgeman Studio website and Blog, utilized within image themes andartist interviews
- Searching the special keyword 'BalStudio' in our general search box
Underwater Rainbow / Hilary Simon
Image File Checklist
- At least one side of the image must equal 3000 pixels
- All images must be at least 5MB in size for a tiff or a jpeg. All files must be at least 3000 pixels on one side.
- Jpeg or Tiffs format
- Colour Profile: sRGB/ Adobe RGB
- Colour Space: RGB files
- Colour Ratio: 24 bit (8 per channel)
Photographing your artwork
- We recommend having a professional photographer photograph your work to provide the highest possible image quality
- Avoid any light reflections in your images, remain aware of surface dust and where possible, and use studio lighting when possible
- Ensure images are cropped to the edge of the artwork and display to the correct orientation with no edges or frames showing
How to name your Image File
- Keep the image file names simple
- Umlauts, accents and special keywords are rejected by our image uploader so avoid the following symbols in the file name; & $ £ / # ’” % @ ~
How many images can I submit at once?
- Bridgeman Studio artists are able to upload up to 100 images annually
- Please contact email@example.com with any questions relating to image selection or criteria
Bridgeman Studio Selection Criteria
Bridgeman selects imagery on a strict quality control basis to make sure our archive offers the highest quality content synonymous with our brand. We reserve the right to withdraw or 'hide' any imagery which is judged unsuitable for our Studio audience.
- All images viewable in the Bridgeman archive is watermarked with our company logo and will appear at 400px
- Un-watermarked images are not available until a license is agreed upon with the client
The more information that we have relating to the image, the easier it becomes for potential clients to find your work on our website, and the better chance you have of getting your image being licensed!
Please include the following information for each image:
- Title ( title, year (medium)
- Date created (year only)
- Medium (lowercase)
- Dimensions in CM’s, height x width with no gaps (eg: 50x40)
- Keywords (enter as many relevant terms for the work using the following lower-case format: word;word;word - a semi-colon separator is required)
Keep the following in mind when keywording
Who, what, where, when, why?
- Say for example your image is of a dog with its owner
- Enter all relevant terms for the artwork
- Descriptors (dog;animal;brown;pet;owner;person;man)
- Subject (figurative;pets;portrait)
- Colloquialisms/synonyms of the same word (dog;pet;canine;animal)
- Plurals (dog;dogs;person;people)
- Mood/conceptual keywording (joy;freedom;relaxation;happy)
- If there is room for text to be added within the image, use the keyword ‘copyspace’
- If the image is completely devoid of human figures, use the keyword ‘nobody’
Peloton / Eliza Southwood
Bridgeman Images administers all licenses using Bridgeman Studio content. These licenses will dictate to the client the agreement for usage of the image. This agreement will also dictate the price that the client will pay to the Bridgeman, which is split 50/50 with the Bridgeman Studio artist.
The cost of the license to the client is based on a number of factors including;
- duration of the license
- number of images being licensed
- how many times the image is reproduced
- where the image is reproduced
- the copyright fee the client will need to pay for every artist whose image remains in copyright
How does Bridgeman Studio protect your copyright?
Bridgeman Studio will ensure that the copyright in your work (which you will always retain) is fully cleared through a copyright fee charged to the client.
We will also ensure that any image is fully credited to the artist and that any changes made to the image are pre-approved by Bridgeman Studio staff, acting on behalf of the artist before the change is carried out.
External Copyright Resources
Own It (UK)
Copyright Alliance (USA)
Copyright France (France)
IP Australia (Australasia)
Copyright Australia (Australia)
Skimming the Surface / Trygve Skogrand
Alternative Revenue for Bridgeman Studio Artists
All Bridgeman Studio artists are encouraged to utilize all services offered by Bridgeman Studio in regards to generating income.
Unless an artist has specifically opted out of the following services, all services will be opted in to at the point of joining Bridgeman Studio.
- Print on Demand
- Bridgeman 3rd Party POD (see list below)
Watch this space...
|Herbarium Specimen Painting sheet 6 / Rachel Pedder-Smith|
Who is Bridgeman’s primary print-on-demand partner?
Bridgeman’s print-on-demand (POD) partner is Art.com (also known as AllPosters.com). Bridgeman have chosen to work with Art.com because of both their high-quality print products, as well as the traffic they are able to drive to Bridgeman’s print site.
How can I sign up to these services?
All Bridgeman Studio artists are automatically signed up for POD services upon registration, unless they have specifically requested not to be. POD sites are often found to be the most reliable source of revenue for Bridgeman Studio Artists.
Can I just sell my images for one type of product?
By opting in to either POD or 3rd party POD, your images will be made available for licensing across the full range of available products. If you would prefer to restrict your work to just prints, POD is the best option. If you are keen to see your work on a range of products including mugs, cards and bags, then 3rd party POD will suit you best.
What do I get when my images are licensed?
For every sale made through POD or 3rd party POD, the artist receives 50% of the return that Bridgeman receives after commission.
How will POD sales appear on my monthly statements?
All POD payments you receive will be made from Bridgeman Art Library International, administered through our office in London. As with standard licensing fees, these payments will occur 4 times a year if the amount owing is greater than the £50 GBP threshold.
Why can I see products bearing my images online but do not see payment for this use on my monthly statement?
Mocked up images of your artwork on a product will appear on google through the POD sites. These images are lo-res mock-ups of what the work would look like if it was purchased. It is not a physical product and does not represent a sale in any way.
Who are Bridgeman’s POD partners?
Art.com is Bridgeman’s primary print-on-demand partner. A full list of all POD partner sites is listed below. Please refer to this list when checking for images of your work and report anything you feel is out of the ordinary.