How social media catches photographers in the value gap

We all love using social media to spread our message.  And that message is all the more powerful when it is visual. But if you’re a photographer or if you represent photographers, the social media platforms are not doing enough to protect your rights.

This new infographic from BAPLA shows how social media platforms make it hard for professional image-makers to control their images and their right to earn an income.

BAPLA ValueGap Key Issues

Weaknesses around enforcement, framing and the hosting defence combine to pose threats to photographers’ livelihoods: (more…)

Mary Evans add half a million film images

Mary Evans Picture Library press release, 2 December, 2016

Mary Evans Picture Library swells its film archive with the arrival of half a million Everett images

Mary Evans Picture Library, the UK’s leading supplier of historical images, can now confidently position itself as a major resource for film history content following the arrival of 500,000 pictures from the Everett Collection in America.

Everett’s extensive film material, collated by Morris Everett since 1961, includes movie star portraits, film stills, posters and other ephemera, with special emphasis on Hollywood’s Golden Age. This substantial archive is now offered through Mary Evans, with twice as many images available in the UK than ever before.

In addition to Everett, Mary Evans’ representation of the superlative Ronald Grant Film Archive is now extended to its UK clients, making the library the essential destination for researchers seeking content on any and all aspects of cinema history. (more…)

Tate Images announce the launch of the David King Collection

Following Tate’s major acquisition Tate Images are delighted to announce the launch of the David King Collection.

Dynamic photomontage illustration on the Goelro theme. Published in the photographic album, "The USSR is Building Socialism", Moscow, 1933; El Lissitzky 1890 - 1941; Part of the David King Collection. Presented to Tate Archive by David King 2016; Photography ©Tate, London 2016Collected over several decades the huge collection is made up of over 250,000 photographs, books, journals, posters, documents and newspapers dating from the Russian Revolution to the Khrushchev era. It also includes material from the Weimar Republic, the Spanish civil war, American labour organisations and Mao’s China.

Tate Images are excited to launch over 400 images from the collection, all previously published in Tate publications, Red Star Over Russia and Russian Revolutionary Posters.  Further images will be made available in due course.

Dynamic photomontage illustration on the Goelro theme. Published in the photographic album, “The USSR is Building Socialism”, Moscow, 1933; El Lissitzky 1890 – 1941; Part of the David King Collection. Presented to Tate Archive by David King 2016; Photography ©Tate, London 2016

FOCAL International Awards submissions deadline extended to 16th December

FOCAL International press release, 6 December, 2016

To give everyone a chance to take part in the most prestigious and complete set of awards in the global footage business, we’ve extended the FOCAL International submissions deadline to 16th December. 

The FOCAL International Awards, now in its 14th year, is a showcase to celebrate achievement in the use of footage in all variety of genres, across all media platforms plus its restoration.

Producers, filmmakers and other creative professionals who have used library stock and archive footage in a documentary, feature film or any other form of production over the last year are encouraged to submit their work for consideration. There are also Awards to celebrate the contribution made to the world’s production community by archives, film libraries, researchers and technicians, as well as the work done to restore and preserve these irreplaceable assets. (more…)

Announcement: British Library and Bridgeman Images

Bridgeman Images press release, 28 November, 2016

Bridgeman Images is proud and excited to have won the tender for the exclusive representation of the British Library content in the UK. Bridgeman Images has worked for the British Library for many years across all our offices and we are delighted to have been appointed for all commercial and editorial licensing with the exception of branded products and scholarly uses which will remain with the British Library. We will make a joint announcement to all our clients with the British Library when we make their full collection available online in January.

As one of the world’s leading distributors of fine art, cultural and historical media for reproduction, Bridgeman Images won the tender against a number of licensing companies by clearly demonstrating superior experience and accomplishments in the world in licensing for over 44 years.

The agreement to represent all image licensing for the British Library comes into effect from 01/01/2017. All image licensing after this date must be directed through to Bridgeman Images.

Please direct any images enquiries to (more…)

The British Library has appointed Bridgeman Images as its sole UK agent for editorial image sales

The British Library is pleased to announce that, following a recent tender process, Bridgeman Images has been appointed as its sole UK agent for editorial-related picture library enquiries.

From 1 January 2017 all requests regarding editorial usage of British Library images should be directed to Bridgeman Images:

For any other enquiries about using British Library images, including non-commercial usage, please contact our in-house team:

Shutterstock expands editorial collection in exclusive deal with SilverHub Media

Shutterstock press release – New York, NY – 16 November, 2016

The global distribution deal offers SilverHub editorial content for license across Shutterstock’s global network in 2017

Shutterstock, Inc. (NYSE:SSTK), a leading global provider of imagery and music, today announced it has signed an exclusive deal to distribute SilverHub Media’s growing collection of imagery worldwide.

A newcomer to the editorial photography business, SilverHub Media was launched earlier this year by industry veterans Nick Evans-Lombe and Adrian Murrell. The agency owns Action Press, one of the leading press photography agencies in Germany covering events spanning 40 years of content, as well as The Picture Library, which features imagery covering the UK political and celebrity scene from the early 1970s to the present day.  SilverHub is also assembling a formidable team of talented photographers such as award winning sports photographer Bob Martin, renowned Royal photographer Zak Hussein, and leading entertainment photographer Alex Huckle. (more…)

FOCAL Hollywood clearances workshop & 2017 Awards

Hollywood clearances workshop – 12 December 2016

FOCAL executive member Elizabeth Klinck from Canada, an archive producer with extensive experience negotiating with Hollywood studios, agents and unions, will speak on the ins and outs of clearing Hollywood footage and all the inherent third party rights. These can be complex clearances to negotiate. This workshop is a unique opportunity to learn the basics of what’s involved and tips on how to succeed.

A must for all Archive Researchers and Producers finding clips for their productions, FOCAL International and BAFTA will also demonstrate a tool to store, transcode, log, view and deliver all your clips.

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FOCAL International Awards 2017

There are less than 4 weeks left to submit entries to the most prestigious and complete set of awards in the global footage business. (more…)