From early tattoo photography to Van Gogh masterpieces, Jordan our IT manager selects his top archive pics and clips.
1. What is your role at Bridgeman Images?
I’m the IT Manager here at Bridgeman!
2. What do you love most about the job?
I love making my colleagues happy by helping and improving their job roles through technology.
3. What misconceptions do clients most commonly have about the archive?
As an IT Manager, I don’t have much chance to interact much with clients, however personally I never realised the sheer scale of our archive and how much fascinating content we have.
1. Steve McQueen on the set of The Great Escape
My first pick from the archive is this shot from the movie The Great Escape. “The King Of Cool” Steve McQueen is chilling on his Triumph in the countryside. He’s a true style icon and his love for motorsports is really inspiring.
2. The Great Gatsby original 1925 release cover artwork
I’ve never seen a book cover depict the story it’s holding quite like the cover of ’The Great Gatsby' first edition by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I love the cold tones used for the night sky with the contrasting warmth and excitement of the city lights and explosions. Definitely one of my favourite books and cover artwork pieces of all time.
3. Vincent van Gogh, 1889 Self Portrait
I recently attended a Van Gogh exhibition that was held at Tate Britain in London. It showed over 50 works by Vincent van Gogh to reveal how he was inspired by Britain and how he inspired British artists. It was amazing. I find Van Gogh’s life story fascinating and his work exceptionally gripping.
4. Tattooed Woman, circa 1905
I really love this photograph. The woman you see is thought to be the wife of Charles Wagner, who registered the patent for the tattoo machine in 1904. I love the contrast between the strong traditional tattoos with the pretty pearl necklace and dress she’s wearing. I’m also a lover and collector of traditional style tattoos, so that’s why this shot is a favourite of mine!
5. Lucien Pissarro, The Garden Gate
I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered this painting at a Van Gogh exhibition because Epping is my neck of the woods! This piece by Lucien Pissarro reflects the influence of Van Gogh’s orchard paintings. Pissarro shared his first-hand knowledge of Van Gogh with British artists after he moved here in 1890. The painting really captures what an early autumn morning is like in this part of the world, which I love! I’m very happy I could find this in the Bridgeman archive!
6. Footage - Couple on the beach, circa 1955 taking photographs
Last but not least! I found this great clip whilst digging around for some film clips in the archive. Was this Instagram in the 50’s? At least now we can tap delete on the photo instead of throwing it in the sand and running off! Great footage.
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