David's Pics

David Price-Hughes, Content Partner Manager (Europe), selects his pics and clips archive highlights - from movie legend Buster Keaton to striking Japanese prints.

1. What is your role at Bridgeman?

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 work to promote the benefits of joining Bridgeman Images to potential partners. Prior to this role, I worked across the Bridgeman sales teams in the UK, Germany and internationally so I have a very clear idea of the type of content our clients are looking for to illustrate their projects.

 

2. What do you love most about the job?

What I most love about the job mirrors what I most love about living in London: the opportunity to interact with people from all across the globe. The Bridgeman collection is so diverse, it's fascinating to see how our international clients are inspired by our images and footage in such varied ways and it’s always a pleasure to source and suggest material for them.

 

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

Although we have an unparallelled archive of fine art, Bridgeman Images isn't just paintings and sculpture, and isn't just British art, either! There is a wealth of photography, artefacts and oddities from all over the world available for licensing, as well as the growing footage collection that complements our stills archive perfectly.

Also, clients often don't realise that we have dedicated, highly experienced researchers in-house, ready to run research lists, and as part of that service we can source additional material not currently available, so it's always worth contacting us if you don't find what you need online

 

David Price-Hughes, International Sales Manager
David Price-Hughes, Content Partner Manager (Europe)

 

 

American actor Buster Keaton (1895 - 1966) / Photo © DILTZ / Bridgeman Images
American actor Buster Keaton (1895 - 1966) / Photo © DILTZ / Bridgeman Images

 

 

 

 

Buster Keaton

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": giving up the creative control he had at his own movie studio and signing with MGM.

The stricter studio system at MGM 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.

 

Poster Art

I have a real weakness for twentieth-century poster art, and 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 can be 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, making the whole process of licensing graphic art like this much more straightforward.

 

Youth, Go Skiing!, 1954, Marina Uspenskaya (1925-2007) / Gamborg Collection / Bridgeman Images
Youth, Go Skiing!, 1954, Marina Uspenskaya (1925-2007) / Gamborg Collection / Bridgeman Images

 

 

Portrait of Kevin Maybury, John Minton (1917-57) / Private Collection / Photo © Agnew's, London / Bridgeman Images

 

 

 

 

 

John Minton

I am thrilled that Bridgeman Images represents the estate of John Minton for copyright clearance and this is a particular favourite work. Minton produced a number of intimate sketches of Kevin Maybury but this is Minton’s 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. 

 

 

Kuniyoshi

I spent five challenging years at night classes learning Japanese so I am pleased that Bridgeman is so strong in Japanese and other non-western art, including 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" and shows the courageous 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.

 

Masakiyo blown up by a Land Mine at Kawanakajima, c.1848, Kuniyoshi, Utagawa (1798-1861) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images
Masakiyo blown up by a Land Mine at Kawanakajima, c.1848, Kuniyoshi, Utagawa (1798-1861) / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images

 

 

Cat Wrestler, Florent Bodart / Private Collection / © Florent Bodart / Bridgeman Images

 

 

 

Florent Bodart

Florent Bodart’s collage illustrations are always striking and suffused with wit and meaning. Nothing epitomises this more for me than this lucha libre-inspired cat wrestler: cleanly composed, completely unexpected and sure to raise a smile, even if you aren’t a cat lover. 

 

 

 

 

Bloncourt

The French agency Rue des Archives has enriched the Bridgeman collection with stunning reportage photography and I am particularly drawn to the work of Haiti-born photographer Gérald Bloncourt. Bloncourt's photographs are always beautifully framed and he captures his subjects with a humanistic sensitivity and dignity, never more so than in this glowing photograph of a child staring out of the window in slum housing.

 

Enfant dans un taudis, / Photo © Gerald Bloncourt / Bridgeman Images
Child in a slum / Photo © Gerald Bloncourt / Bridgeman Images

 


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