What is your role at Bridgeman Images?
I work on Bridgeman Education – Bridgeman Education provides students and educators with access to art, historical and cultural images. Visual resources are such an important part of education and so all the images have been pre-cleared, so the images can be used with confidence for any educational purposes!
What do I love most about my job?
Working with different people every day and seeing the vast range of projects that Bridgeman’s images and footage are used on - it’s even better when you get to see the pictures or clips in action.
What misconceptions do people have about the archive?
I saw this in Rome last year - it was great to see the painting within the chapel rather than in a museum, and observe how it relates to the space around it. I think Matthew looks shocked rather than inspired at being disturbed by the angel.
The sketches and cut outs are my favourites of Matisse’s work. I think it's the simplicity that makes them so appealing and calming to look at.
There is so much fascinating photography in the archive - from film stills to war imagery. This is one of my favourite films, so I love this behind the scenes photo. This final scene is one of the best for many reasons – but mainly because they’ve thrown in as much artificial fog as possible to cover the fact they were actually using a cardboard plane!
I chose this clip purely for the very short section on Frida Kahlo. Footage really brings a subject to life and often shows you aspects that you may not have picked up on before. Although an instantly recognisable figure, Frida Kahlo’s portraits often lean towards the abstract and surreal and so I like this casual shot of her standing in her garden and chatting.
Lots of these sculptures have little quirks that are fun to find – for example I like this lion licking an unsuspecting foot.
I chose this Sarah Gillard picture because I love the colours – it’s just bright and beautiful!
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