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Elizabeth Eames, Picture Researcher

 

Elizabeth Eames, Picture Researcher
Elizabeth Eames, Picture Researcher

 

What's your role at Bridgeman Images?

I research topics and request images from suppliers. It could be a specific image for a client or a selection. I'm based in New York and work primarily with the New York and London offices. But I also support our European branches as needed.

What do you love most about your job? 

I love requests that require in-depth research. I often learn about a topic or moment in history I never knew about before. They are engrossing from a research perspective and I enjoy surprising the client with unexpected material.

What misconceptions do people most commonly have about the archive?

I'm in the unique position of having been a Bridgeman Images client before. I wasn't aware of how much research power this team has in finding images which aren't on the website. It's amazing the variety of suppliers Bridgeman has and how ready everyone is to dig in and search. I've fallen down many an enjoyable 'rabbit hole' of research to locate what the client needs.


 

Elizabeth's top picks from our archive

 

Halt the epidemic!

I've long been fascinated with visuals from periods of unrest. Often artists had to distil down a sometimes complex message into a quickly understood image. We frequently research images to pair with articles on Covid-19. I love this poster's depiction of "epidemic" and the ironic nonchalance in the man's face.

 

Poster titled: Halt the epidemic! Stop spitting- everybody, c.1918 (litho), American School, (20th century) / Free Library of Philadelphia / © Free Library of Philadelphia / Print and Picture Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia / Bridgeman Images
Halt the epidemic! Stop spitting- everybody, c.1918 (litho), American School, (20th century) / Free Library of Philadelphia / © Free Library of Philadelphia / Print and Picture Collection, Free Library of Philadelphia / Bridgeman Images


The Courageous Cat

I love the odd-ball results that sometimes come up in a search. I found this when looking for images by Roger Vivier. "Wanda Viviers was playing happily on the lawn at her home in Johannesburg when a Ringhalls snake came slithering towards her. Wanda's pet Siamese cat, Wong, hurled itself at the snake and killed it."

 

Illustration of The Courageous Cat, James Edwin McConnell (1903-95) / Private Collection / © Look and Learn / Bridgeman Images
The Courageous Cat, James Edwin McConnell (1903-95) / Private Collection / © Look and Learn / Bridgeman Images


 

Selma to Montgomery March

Many clients, particularly those in Education, have been looking to expand their materials on the Civil Rights Movement. This is one of my favourite photos that I hadn't seen before. Most are generally from a photo-journalist perspective. But this photographer frames a moment from a Selma-to-Montgomery march as one from a holy crusade.

 

photo of the Selma to Montgomery March, 1965 (gelatin silver print), James H. Karales (1930-2002) / Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, USA / © Indianapolis Museum of Art / E. Hardy Adriance Fine Arts Acquisition Fund / Bridgeman Images
Selma to Montgomery March 1965 (gelatin silver print), James H. Karales (1930-2002) / Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, USA / © Indianapolis Museum of Art / E. Hardy Adriance Fine Arts Acquisition Fund / Bridgeman Images

 

Allegory of Faith

There are eight Vermeers in New York City but this is the only non-genre work. Much of the iconography in The Allegory of Faith is literally straight out of a book - Cesare Ripa's Iconologia. The fight to balance naturalism and symbolism is a fascinating reflection of the evolving purpose of art for its time.

 

Image of the painting Allegory of Faith - Painting by Johannes Vermeer (Vermeer de Delft) (1632-1675), Oil on canvas, 1670-1674 / Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA / Stefano Bianchetti / Bridgeman Images
Image of the painting Allegory of Faith - Painting by Johannes Vermeer (Vermeer de Delft) (1632-1675), Oil on canvas, 1670-1674 / Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, USA / Stefano Bianchetti / Bridgeman Images

 

The Salute

This work by British contemporary artist William Wilkins was a surprise find. He's a family friend but I wasn't aware he is represented by Bridgeman Images! I grew up with two drawings similar to this one in my family's living room. 

 

scketch of The Salute, Venice, 1996 (Pencil on Paper), William Wilkins (b.1938) / Private Collection / © William Wilkins / Bridgeman Images
The Salute, Venice, 1996 (Pencil on Paper), William Wilkins (b.1938) / Private Collection / © William Wilkins / 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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