Anja's Pics

From fairy tales to cinematic paintings, discover our Marketing Assistant's favorites from the archive 


1.  What is your role at Bridgeman?

I am Marketing Assistant at Bridgeman Images. Working in London, I oversee all the marketing for our Berlin and Paris offices, supporting them with whatever they need. From writing creative content and press releases to researching cultural contents and trends, database management, organising and coordinating events, identifying new clients or taking care of some of our social media channels - my typical day at Bridgeman is pretty diverse!


2.  What do you love most about the job?

Coming from a picture desk I’ve always enjoyed working with images. So when I saw that Bridgeman was looking for a German speaking person, I felt I simply had to apply and try my luck. And here I am, almost three years later. Still fascinated by the depth of our archives and feeling incredibly blessed that I can actually call people I work with friends, not just colleagues.


3. What misconceptions do clients most commonly have about the archive?

I don’t face clients on a day to day basis but whenever I talk to them at tradeshows or events they mainly know Bridgeman for their art history content and think it’s a very UK focused archive. But if you take a closer look, it’s so much more. I’m always surprised with the variety of images especially when it comes to photography. We’ve got some pretty amazing portraits from the beginnings of photography to Golden Era movie stars in our archives.


Anja Reinthaler, Marketing Assistant


Compartment C, Car 293, 1938 (oil on canvas), Edward Hopper (1882-1967) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images




Compartment C, Car 293

Every time I look at this particular painting, my mind just wanders off and I find myself thinking about the woman’s story on her journey. And just look at all the greens in the picture!

Hopper was a huge fan of the cinema and you can see that in his paintings. They all have a very film like feeling - the setting, theatrical lighting, the pensive characters - it all seems to be made for an audience to look at. This one very much reminds me of Hitchcock’s film The lady vanishes.  

Hitchcock actually acknowledged Hopper’s influence in the making of Psycho. His painting The House by the Railroad was the inspiration for the famous Bates estate.

Cinderella Greeting her Evil Stepmother

Honestly, I’m a sucker for fairy tales. And I’m not talking only about the ones with happy endings. There are lots of dark and twisted stories out there and ever since I was little I’ve been fascinated by them. And, much to the annoyance of the people who’ve lived with me over the past few years, I keep buying more and more of them. I'm slowly but surely running out of bookshelf space!

And I just don’t stop with fairy tales. There’s something very intriguing about the whole world of folklore, myths and legends which have been passed down in the oral tradition from generation to generation centuries ago.

Cinderella greeting her evil Stepmother, 1919 (woodcut), Arthur Rackham (1867-1939) / Private Collection / Prismatic Pictures / Bridgeman Images


Charles Robert Darwin (b/w photo), Elliott & Fry Studio (fl.1860-90) / Natural History Museum, London, UK / Bridgeman Images






Charles Robert Darwin

When I started university I had to decide between studying biology or something media related. Needless to say that I went for media in the end, but biology has always been one of my favourite subjects. During my last big oral exam at school (pretty much the equivalent of the A-levels here in the UK) I got questioned about evolutionary theories and I had to discuss Darwin’s idea of evolution by natural selection in front of a panel.

Isn’t this picture from the Victorian photography studio Elliott & Fry just amazing?!



Impression: Sunrise

This was probably THE painting which introduced me to the world of art. My mum copied it as a birthday present for my aunt. I still remember her standing in the bathroom (she had the best available light in there) after she came home from work, painting. She did a great job considering she’d never done an oil painting before (or since). Up to this day it’s still hanging in my aunt’s house. Her very own copy of a classic.

Impression: Sunrise, 1872 (oil on canvas), Claude Monet / Musee Marmottan Monet, Paris, France / Bridgeman Images


Animation of 'Elephant walking', plate 733 from 'Animal Locomotion', 1887, by Eadweard Muybridge / Bridgeman Images



Animation of 'Elephant Walking'

I came across Muybridge’s work early on in one of my photography classes and his ability to capture movement somehow stuck with me. He was the pioneer of motion studies and I love the fact that our Footage Manager, Holly, animated plate 733 from Animal Locomotion..





Yoko Honda
I would have never thought to like this Bridgeman Studio artist. Her images combine everything I usually steer clear of when it comes to art but it actually works for me. No wonder she was one of the winners of the Bridgeman Studio Award in 2015!  And if one of our clients ever decides to do a clothes collection with her images, I’d be the first one to buy a t-shirt!

Relax (blue), 2015 (digital illustration), Yoko Honda / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images



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