Katie Harker, Picture Researcher

Katie Harker, Picture Researcher
Katie Harker, Picture Researcher

What's your role at Bridgeman Images?

I work in the Picture Research department on the new material that comes into us from collections and suppliers. I select the images that best fit a client's brief.

What do you love most about your job? 

I get to look at pictures all day! I love working with such an enormous variety of images. One week I can be researching photographs of soldiers in World War One from the National Army Museum. The next I'll be looking at ancient Roman frescoes.

What misconceptions do people most commonly have about the archive?

People often think we only have fine art. In reality Bridgeman Images also has an enormous range of photography, new and old, as well as travel photography from around the world.

 

Katie's top picks from our archive

South Wind, Clear Dawn

Japanese art is my absolute favourite. I'm desperate to go to Japan to see the landscapes that inspired work like this. Our incredible number of Japanese prints are among my favourite things to catalogue. I find this painting of Mount Fuji by Hokusai incredibly calming.

South Wind, Clear Dawn, from the series '36 Views of Mount Fuji', c.1830-1831 (woodblock print), Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) / Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, UK / Bridgeman Images
South Wind, Clear Dawn, from the series '36 Views of Mount Fuji', c.1830-1831 (woodblock print), Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849) / Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, UK / Bridgeman Images

 

Eiffel Tower, Paris

I love how Andre Kertesz plays with shadow and different angles to offer a new and beautiful perspective on everyday life. The Eiffel Tower is such a heavily photographed subject, yet this photograph feels completely fresh and new.

Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1929 (silver gelatin print), Andre Kertesz (1894-1985) / The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel / The Noel and Harriette Levine Collection / Bridgeman Images
Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1929 (silver gelatin print), Andre Kertesz (1894-1985) / The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel / The Noel and Harriette Levine Collection / Bridgeman Images

 

A Skulk of Foxes

Rebecca Campbell is a contemporary artist I've come across through working at Bridgeman Images. I love her playful paintings of animals and the way she creates patterns in her work. This is my favourite of hers, with the flashes of red as the foxes dash across the picture. 

A Skulk of Foxes, Rebecca Campbell / Bridgeman Images
A Skulk of Foxes, Rebecca Campbell / Bridgeman Images

 

 

New York fruit peddlers 

I love footage that takes you back to a moment in time. This early Thomas Edison clip does just that. It's so amazing that we can be transported back to the streets of New York in 1903 to get a glimpse of daily life.

 

 New York fruit peddlers are told to move on by policemen, 1903 - early Thomas Edison film / Bridgeman Images

Proem

I remember being blown away by Cy Twombly's work at MoMA on a trip to New York and have been a fan ever since. I love the sense of freedom in his work, and the way he uses colour and line to convey emotion.

Proem, 1983 (oil & coloured oilsticks on paper), Cy Twombly, (1929-2011) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Images
Proem, 1983 (oil & coloured oilsticks on paper), Cy Twombly, (1929-2011) / Private Collection / Photo © Christie's Images / Bridgeman Images

 

 

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Need help with a project? Contact our team of in-house experts to source the cultural and historical footage and stills that you need. Our archive is growing all the time so there's always something new to discover. We also offer research and retouching services.


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