What's your role at Bridgeman Images?
As part of the global Content Partnership Team, I liaise with our existing Content Partners across Europe ensuring their needs and expectations are met. I also promote the benefits of joining Bridgeman Images to potential partners. Before this role, I worked across the Bridgeman Images sales teams in the UK, Germany and internationally. So I've a very clear idea of what our clients are looking for to illustrate their projects.
What do you love most about your job?
What I most love about the job mirrors what I most love about living in London. It's an opportunity to interact with people from all across the globe. The Bridgeman Images collection is just so diverse. It's fascinating to see how our international clients are inspired by our images and footage in such varied ways. It is always a pleasure to source and suggests material for them.
What misconceptions do people most commonly have about the archive?
Although we have an unparalleled archive of fine art, Bridgeman Images isn't just paintings and sculptures. It isn't just British art, either! There's a wealth of photography, artefacts and oddities from all over the world available for licensing. Plus the growing footage collection complements our stills archive perfectly.
Also clients often don't realise that we have dedicated, highly experienced researchers in-house. They can run research lists track down additional material not currently available. So it's always worth contacting us if you don't find what you need online.
David's top picks from our archive
Buster Keaton: movie legend, style icon and my personal hero. This photo was taken around the time Keaton made what he later called "the worst mistake of my career". This was to give up the creative control he had at his own movie studio and sign with MGM.
MGM's stricter studio system stifled Keaton's creativity and effectively ended his career. Despite the Californian sunniness of this photograph, I find it incredibly sad. Sitting next to a somewhat sinister puppet decked out in Keaton's trademark costume, the real Keaton seems broken and resigned.
Youth, Go Skiing!
I have a real weakness for twentieth-century poster art. This poster by Vadim Volikov combines a Cyrillic slogan, clean lines and flat colours with another of my weaknesses: skiing. I also know from personal experience how difficult it is to track down the estates of artists from the Soviet Union.
Bridgeman licenses artistic copyright on behalf of artists' estates represented by the Gamborg Collection. This makes whole process of licensing graphic art like this much more straightforward.
Portrait of Kevin Maybury
I'm thrilled that Bridgeman Images represents the estate of John Minton for copyright clearance. Minton produced a number of intimate sketches of Kevin Maybury, but this is his only painted portrait of him. The angularity and distorted perspective in the painting hint at Maybury’s work as a set carpenter at the Royal Court. But they also make this painting feel incredibly unsettling, as if Maybury could slide down the raked floor and onto the viewer.
Masakiyo blown up by a Land Mine at Kawanakajima
I spent five challenging years at night classes learning Japanese. So I'm pleased that Bridgeman is so strong in Japanese and other non-western art. This includes the work of Utagawa Kuniyoshi, one of the greatest artistic masters of the nineteenth century.
This striking image comes from his series Stories of Courageous Generals of the Provinces of Echigo and Kai. It shows the brave General Masakiyo stepping on a landmine. In order to cheat his enemy of the satisfaction of killing him in battle, Masakiyo impales himself on his own sword at the same time. The explosion of the landmine seems to break the borders of the woodcut itself.
The print is visually arresting, technically daring and a little bit scary, just like most of Kuniyoshi's work! He deserves to be much more well-known in the west.
Florent Bodart’s collage illustrations are always striking and suffused with wit and meaning. This is epitomised in this lucha libre-inspired cat wrestle. It's cleanly composed, completely unexpected and sure to raise a smile, even if you aren’t a cat lover.
Enfant dans un taudis, Child in a slum
The French agency Rue des Archives has enriched our collection with stunning reportage photography. I'm particularly drawn to the work of Haiti-born photographer Gérald Bloncourt. His photographs are always beautifully framed. Plus he captures his subjects with a humanistic sensitivity and dignity. This is never more so evident than in this glowing photograph of a child staring out of the window in slum housing.
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