Bridgeman Images acquires premier French photo archive Rue des Archives – images inc news, artists, writers and celebrities

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↑ Jackie Kennedy in Paris, 1961 | Alfred Hitchcock on a yacht during Cannes Film Festival, 1972. ©Rue des Archives/AGIP

London based photo licensing agency Bridgeman Images have added to their image files this week by acquiring French photo library Rue des Archives. At the core of Rue des Archives is the collection of content from the AGIP picture agency, founded in 1936 and containing over 3,000,000 images, covering France’s newsworthy events, artists, writers and stars.
Victoria Bridgeman, CEO of Bridgeman Images, says: “We have been admiring Rue des Archives for a number of years, so it is very exciting that we have now joined forces. Thanks to its fantastic content and its excellent team, headed by Darius Shepard, Rue des Archives is a leading library in the French market and we look forward to working with them to extend RDA’s reach to Bridgeman’s global audience. I’m confident that the combined strength of Bridgeman and Rue des Archives will make us a force to be reckoned with.”

• Rue des Archives features specialist photographers including Gérald Bloncourt (political and humanitarian images), Michel Sima (artists & workshops), René Saint Paul (photojournalism, Albert Camus), Raymond Cauchetier (“Nouvelle Vague” film sets) and representing major image sources in France such as CineStreet (French movie archives) and Paul-Emile Victor.
• Rue des Archives will maintain its offices in Paris and begin transferring content to Bridgeman Images for international distribution.

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Launched: The Story INSTITUTE – visual storytelling from INSTITUTE agency photographers

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Photo agency INSTITUTE have launched The Story INSTITUTE a brand new platform and destination for long form visual storytelling. They say ” Essentially, we want to showcase powerful photographic stories told by the INSTITUTE artists and other carefully curated contributors. Naturally, all the stories are available to license.” Look out for new stories every week.

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Fund: Peter Dench new book ‘The British Abroad’ via Kickstarter – earn a kickback or two

↑ “The British Abroad is a reportage on the merry antics of the [young] British abroad photographed in all its glorious splendour and excess”

In 1989 UK photographer Peter Dench travelled on holiday to the party town of Magaluf, Majorca …25 years later he went back and photographed it all. The new book to in case his latest project will be in hardback titled The British Abroad and promises to deliver the Dench-eye-view on another section of the British public at play. ( his first two books were England Uncensored and A&E: Alcohol & England )
You can be part of this celebration earning your name in the book or a signed copy of the book and even a print …or maybe a pair of Peter’s swimming shorts from 1989! – view, support and get this book published through his Kickstarter page

↑ here’s a taster

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ITN Source signs with Shutterstock editorial arm for Still images

ITN Source, the footage licensing division of ITN, has formed a global partnership agreement with Shutterstock owned London editorial photo agency Rex Features. The deal will enabling ITN Source to license Still images in order to complement their extensive footage library.
Read the full story over on our stock footage and video industry site

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Press Photo History Project – mapping press photography

The team are over at our Press Photo History Project today.

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PAN Interview: Craig Holmes – Partner at food stock photo library The Picture Pantry

Craig Holmes launched The Picture Pantry two years ago, and it’s doing well. We decided to find out the secret to his success.
In a short interview with Photo Archive News Craig tells us why he set the library up, what the best selling image for February was, how he markets the library, which magazines he reads, which platform he uses to listen to music and much more…

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Craig Holmes – Partner at The Picture Pantry
Location: Shropshire
Profession: Photographic Partner

PAN: Explain your stock photo library in one sentence.
Craig: Curated collection of beautiful food photography, perfectly styled by photographers appealing to a modern client.

When did you start the library online?
A little over two years ago.

Why did you start the library?
I personally had photographed 8 recipe books and had quite a large collection of food images that were available for stock usage, based on 15 years of photography. So I started selling my own images as stock. Sales started and I realised there was room in the market for a more ‘boutique collection’. From that point, I spoke to a few other food photographers who decided to start selling their images alongside mine – and it really went from there. I have been involved with stock for over 15 years, and really didn’t want to set up another library with millions of images at a mediocre quality – it had to be the finest quality images at a rate that actually makes photographers a living. We didn’t want any pretence to the marketing or pricing – we just wanted beautiful images that clients would want to use. Hence, The Picture Pantry was born.

What sets a specialist food stock photo library like The Picture Pantry apart from the big general libraries and your competitors?
Firstly, we curate our collection to only include photography with a modern, contemporary feel to it – and we stick to that (we only take on around 15% of photographers who apply). We represent some of the most popular food photographers and food bloggers around, many exclusively, which helps maintain that standard. We feel that compared to competitors we may have fewer images, but we make up for that in the quality of the photography. We wanted every page of images to inspire clients as they look through the site.
The ease of the purchase process, and our ‘can do’ attitude, also differentiates us. We are a small team, and if I deal with a client or photographer, I follow that through, immediately.
We ensure photographs are technically excellent – every single image is hand checked for a multitude of technical aspects.
Finally, we are honest and open with the photographers who contribute.
So, essentially, what sets us apart is our quality, at an affordable price.

How long did it take to get the Picture Pantry up and running online?
We are quite experienced at developing web systems, but we would say that developing the site and getting the first set of images ready for sale took around two/three months. Saying that, it is a constantly evolving system.

What DAM system do you use?
We use a variant of the PhotoDeck system.

How do you market the library?
Email, phone and newsletters. Although I am a firm believer in marketing touching every aspect of the business – from initial awareness of our site, to hand holding them through their first purchase. As long as we provide what we promise, then we get lots of repeat customers.

How much would a full page UK editorial magazine usage cost me?
£80 + vat

Do you have image pricing agreements with magazines or per picture?
We work with many magazines, and they all have different needs. So, we talk to them and provide a method of using images that suits their particular needs, whether that is an image pricing agreement, or a price per picture, that is up to them. We are flexible.

How do you market the library to advertising agencies?
We have been fortunate in that many seem to find us. Google has also been very kind to us in placing us near the top of their results pages for a number of food stock search terms, which has helped hugely. As a food photographer, I knew quite a few agencies already, and was able to spread the word. News travels fast in this industry, which again, has been kind to us.

How many contributing photographers do you have?
At the moment, we have 25, but do increase that number each year. Providing the photographers keep producing a viable number beautiful images, we don’t feel a huge need to increase the number of photographers, as this would simply create competition amongst each other. Of course, when we see a beautiful portfolio of images, then we wouldn’t pass up the opportunity of working with that photographer.

What is the most popular food subject stock photo?
Being honest, this varies monthly. One month it can be ingredients, then cakes, then meat….then pizza.

What was the best selling image in February?
Raw fresh meat Ribeye steak entrecote and seasoning on dark wood
Meat was a popular subject in February, like this one ↑ – click it to view image detail and to license it

Do you offer commission photography?
We undertake photography for the library here, but not for third party clients. If we get asked to undertake a commission, and we have a contributing photographer in that part of the world, we do pass the details on though.

How do you keep in touch with what’s happening in the industry?
We always catch up on (ha, good man!), and read Creative Review. Apart from that, I decided long ago that we shouldn’t pay too much attention to competitors, instead, we pay a lot of attention to customers.

When are you not at work? …
I’m always at work!

What do you do when you are not shooting food or selling images of food?
Photography… but of my kids mainly.

Pub or Restaurant?

Cinema or roller skating?

Printed magazines you subscribe to?
Creative Review.

Online magazines you subscribe to?

iTunes or Spotify?
I have had both, but am now using Google Play.

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Industry Links – it’s where the best photo agencies are

Welcome to If you have arrived in search of stock photos for your publication or creative project please visit our Industry Links page where you will find some of the finest picture libraries, photographers and photo agencies in the world covering every image subject you could possibly require!

Isabelle Doran, Picture Library Manager at Loupe Images told us: “yes we’d certainly like to renew our listing, we have had a few clients saying they found us from the links on the site.”
To book yours: or call UK: 07802437827

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AP extends NFL photo licensing deal through 2017 season – includes fans photo print store

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↑ © AP Photo/Kathy Willens – New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler (21) intercepts a pass intended for Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Ricardo Lockette (83) during the second half of NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, in Glendale, Ariz. Photo supplied

The Associated Press and the National Football League have extended their commercial photo agreement, with AP now the worldwide commercial licensing agent of the NFL through the 2017 season.
They say: “We are pleased to extend our relationship with AP,” said Julie Moeller, vice president of media strategy and business development for the NFL. “We look forward to continuing to work with the AP to bring fans closer to the game through photos of their favorite moments, teams and players.”
‘This renewal continues the status of AP as the definitive source for NFL imagery. Photographers from AP have captured the core of the NFL’s history including every Super Bowl since the first in 1967. In 1996, AP became the first news organization to cover a Super Bowl without film, using only digital cameras, at Super Bowl XXX in Tempe, Arizona.’

The deal also means NFL fans can have direct access to a range of NFL photo products, from individual prints to large-scale, customizable framed prints through the NFL Photo Store and individual team websites.
Lloyd Pawlak, AP’s global director of sales, commercial services says: “We are excited to continue our relationship with the NFL as the exclusive commercial provider and official photo store for the League” “The NFL’s reach and popularity make it a leader in professional sports and AP is pleased to continue our valuable relationship.”

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CamFind lands $4.8M funding – expands mobile image recognition and visual search technology

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There are a few technology companies investing and improving the image recognition and visual search arena – PAN is watching a few and I am sure our photo agency/library readers will have been contacted or are indeed trialing the service …if you are not need to – One developer is CamFind a Los Angeles-based tech company founded in 2012 by Brad Folkens and Dominik Mazur. Their mission is ‘to deliver the most superior visual search solution to people around the world, and to become the global leader in image recognition and mobile visual search.’ CamFind has recently raised $4.8M in seed and bridge round funding and launched its public API, CloudSight. The visual search API is a search tool that analyzes photos, rather than text, and returns relevant Web information to the user. The API is designed to be accessible and easy for developers and companies to integrate with many other devices and platforms.
They say: ‘Imagine you are at the supermarket and want to cook something with parsley. You take a photo of the parsley with CamFind’s visual search technology and instantly get all the info you need off of the Web – including images, nutritional information, recipes, pricing, and more. Now with the API being publicly available, any app can integrate visual search technology. CamFind’s technology is already being utilized by over 750 companies, including international marketing agencies and app developers among many other different industries. The company is also currently working with the five of the top ten North American retailers and three of the five most popular cell phone manufacturers.
The technology is available for developers and companies alike. CamFind currently has 11 pending patents on its technology. The API is functional, accessible, and saves companies time and money by removing the need for them to build similar technology from scratch. A company can also add visual search to its app and create a more gratifying user experience for its customers.’
“We wanted to literally and figuratively give developers the gift of ‘sight,’ meaning we would provide the visual search technology,” says CamFind co-founder and CEO Dominik Mazur. “We also want developers to use their imaginations to create new and exciting possibilities for devices.”

Dominik wrote to me (after I dropped a note asking to be on the CamFind press release announcements) Hi Will, “I assume a lot of stock photo site owners read your industry news. It’s a perfect match because we developed the most accurate image recognition commercially available that can help them assign keywords/meta-data to their images making them searchable.”
• If you want to explore the next level of meta data in your image collection I can put you in touch with Dominik directly – email me or contact them through the website – I am not on commission with them ..yet!

• Another image search ‘explorer’ I am watching is Cortexica – dropped them an email …nothing back yet but worth keeping up with their developments if you can.

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People: Melissa LeBoeuf joins OTTO – Licensing Agent

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Architectural and design photography agency OTTO is pleased to announce Melissa LeBoeuf has joined the agency – She will be the new Licensing Agent for OTTO and will be working directly with clients and photographers within the agency. Melissa recently worked as Creative Manager for the Home division of Gilt. Prior to this, she was a photo editor at ELLE Decor and an associate photo editor at ELLE. Her past experience also includes working as a studio manager for Eddie Adams and Bathhouse Studios.

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Bloomberg: ‘Getty Images is running tight on cash’

Not a good ride for Getty Images at the moment, Bloomberg have been upping their coverage this week…

Bloomberg Business reports: ‘Getty Images Inc. burned through a third of its cash in the last three months of 2014 as declining earnings limit the Carlyle Group LP-controlled photo archiver’s ability to invest and curb its access to credit, according to two people with knowledge of the company’s finances’. Full report:

..the same reporter at Bloomberg, Laura J Keller, reports Getty Images’ Outlook Blurs as Photo Rivalry Triggers Price War

• Getty Images on PAN

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Read: ‘The Bookshop that Floated Away’ – Ex WENN staffer opens a book shop on a barge …floats away

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A slight change from our usual photo packed reads here – The Bookshop that Floated Away, a wonderful book by Sarah Henshaw who worked at London based celebrity photo agency WENN – “I worked there straight after uni, in 2005, for about 18 months” – in which she records her first year aboard The Book Barge a book shop she opened and floated through the canals of the UK. Now moored back at it’s home in Barton-under-Needwood I am hoping to encourage Sarah to bring the book shop back to Kings Place (it’s in the book) during our fotofringe Event …will let you know if she makes the trip. – no pressure Sarah ;-)
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New site: Media Storehouse – Partner libraries get your upgrade

Screen-to-print expert Media Storehouse launched a new look website this week. The new design promises better users experience and the full range of products more easily discoverable.
• MSH existing partner photo libraries wanting to upgrade their print store site to the new format should get in touch.

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Play: Paparazzi on the PS4

these two enjoyed it! …if you do, let me know how it was …

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