What is your role at Bridgeman?
I am currently the intern for Marketing and Artist Management. As I work between departments my responsibilities can vary, and I can be involved in completely different projects every day. These range from finding the contact details of all the print studios in the UK to researching and writing about upcoming international art exhibitions.
What do you love most about the job?
I really enjoy being involved in such a range of assignments. The variety in the work exposes me every day to new artists, exhibitions or concepts I have never come across before - so it is constantly interesting - and I’m always learning something new. This is my first job in the art world, and I love having a part in the different applications of art and projects artists are involved with now.
What misconceptions do clients most commonly have about the archive?
When talking to people about Bridgeman not everyone is aware of the emerging artists we work with in Bridgeman Studio. They also aren’t aware of the variety of images and footage in the Bridgeman archive – there are crazy photographs of Ivan Unger playing tennis on the wings of an airplane, or videos of synchronised night water skiing. Many people don’t even know they exist, let alone are in the Bridgeman Images collection!
Since working at Bridgeman Lincoln Seligman has become one of my favourite contemporary artists. I like the stillness and simplicity of this image. Pomegranates are a reoccuring symbol in a lot of mythology and folklore; besides famously trapping Persephone in the Greek myth, pomegranates were also shown to Moses as proof the Promised Land existed, and some believe the ‘forbidden fruit’ in Eden was actually a pomegranate. My favourite is that the Tamil word for pomegranate (maadulampazham) means woman’s mind, as it is ‘full of hidden seeds’. The way artists can combine all these ideas to create a universal visual language amazes me everytime I see it.
My favourite aspect of the art I’ve studied is the constant conversation between artists of the past and present. This contemporary image by Hungarian artist Endre Roder reminds me of Die Brucke art, in the strong, angular outlines and unusual colouring of the girls. They seem mean, completely disinterested in the viewer; I love how Roder manages to convey their characters so clearly.
Similarly I love this print because of the many previous depictions of the female nude. This woman's profile and tousled hair appear modern, but her body shape reminds me of the ‘primitive’ inspired Fauves, and her impossible silhouette is reminiscent of Picasso’s unconventional figures. The solid blue of her body makes me think of Matisse’s ‘Blue Nude’ series, and also Yves Klein’s ‘Anthopometries’. There are so many preexisting ideas surrounding an image like this, but then through contrasting the historic ‘female nude’ with his blunt woodcut technique Fletcher has managed to create something new! Because of this, it is my absolute favourite image in Bridgeman's database.
Bridgeman has so many mesmerising photographs taken during rehearsals of different performances including theatre, ballet and opera. Looking through these images I stopped on this one because I liked the attitude of the photograph, and then liked it even more when I recognised Julie Walters.
Russian propaganda posters are interesting because they provide an accessible visual history of Russian politics and idealogies through their symbolism and simplified slogans. Revolutionary in their geometrical form and simplicity, they create power just through shapes and colours. The message in this image is explicit through the composition, reinforced through the four words highlighted by the use of negative space and contrasting colours.
Botticelli's Birth of Venus, created in 1485, was the first non-religious nude painting since antiquity; radical then, it continues to be updated and kept relevant today. You can see it on dresses by Dolce & Gabbana or Vivienne Westwood, reprinted by Andy Warhol, referenced in films like The Adventures of Baron Munchausen and Dr. No, recreated in photoshoots by David LaChapelle. This image will continue to influence generations to come, with each new interpretation adding to the original's significance.
There are so many clips in the Bridgeman Footage archive that are quite unexpected, and this is one of my favourites. I never knew sand yacht racing was a sport, but I am very glad it is. One of my favourite parts of this clip is the man asleep in the sand being woken up by a sand yacht whizzing past his head.