UK Gov: 91 million orphan works ready to license – Apply now

A new licensing scheme launched by the UK Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, Intellectual Property Office ‘could give wider access to at least 91 million culturally valuable creative works including diaries, photographs, oral history recordings and documentary films.’

They say: These works are covered by copyright, but rights holders cannot be found by those who need to seek permission to reproduce them. Under the new scheme, a licence can be granted by the Intellectual Property Office so that these works can be reproduced on websites, in books and on TV without breaking the law, while protecting the rights of owners so they can be remunerated if they come forward.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister for Intellectual Property said:

The UK’s trailblazing orphan works licensing scheme enables access to a wider range of our culturally important works.

The scheme has been designed to protect right holders and give them a proper return if they reappear, while ensuring that citizens and consumers will be able to access more of our country’s great creations, more easily.

The scheme also aims to reunite copyright holders with their works and ensure they are paid for their creations, by requiring the applicant to conduct a diligent search and allowing the right holder to search the register of granted licences.

This ground breaking scheme builds on UK and international best practice and is the first to use an electronic application system and searchable register of the licences granted. It is being implemented alongside the EU Orphan Works Directive that enables cultural institutions to digitise certain orphan works in their collection and display them on their websites. Together these 2 schemes will help to display more of the UK’s cultural work at home and across Europe.

The UK scheme will be administered by the UK Intellectual Property Office and is part of the wider programme of work to modernise the UK’s copyright system following the Hargreaves Review. Users will pay a fee to obtain a licence to use the work, which will be kept for the copyright owner should they come forward.

Apply for a licence to use an orphan work ‘Find out how to gain permission to copy a creative work for which the right holder(s) cannot be found, known as an orphan work.’

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Job: Picture Editor/Researcher – Loaded magazine London, needs to be filled asap

Relaunched, legendary men’s magazine Loaded is seeking a:
Picture Editor/Researcher on a part-time/freelance basis.
London (Central) Salary: Competitive.

• National magazine/newspaper experience required, with a full contacts book.
• You will be working alongside Director of Photography for the magazine, Dave Hogan.
• Passionate, imaginative and resourceful picture research is a must, plus negotiation skills and knowledge of InDesign, picture licensing and legalities are required.

This position needs to be filled asap. To apply please send a one page CV to,

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Help: 250K images need captioning …and it’s not going to be easy

all photos: © CERN

CERN the European Council for Nuclear Research has accumulated about a quarter of a million hard-copy images in its archive and they need captioning. Some 120,000 black and white images from the period 1955-1985 are currently being digitised, with files being uploaded in batches of several hundred per week. They are then automatically sorted into albums based on the existing information.
In most cases, at least some descriptions exist, allowing us to identify the pictures.
However, many albums are still in need of titles, the names of the people in the photos, descriptions of equipment, etc… help them here

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Updated: Twitter take over Twitpic servers and photo archive

Update: Twitpic has announced ‘that we have reached an agreement with Twitter to give them the Twitpic domain and photo archive, thus keeping the photos and links alive for the time being.’

Oct 18 2014 Shutting down: Twitpic – export your photos/videos by 25 Oct
Just a reminder here, if you uploaded any images or video to Twitpic they are clearing the database on 25 Oct. You can export your content here

The photo sharing app announced it was closing in September after not securing a buyer.

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Picture Post Photographer Thurston Hopkins dies aged 101

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Picture Post Photographer Thurston Hopkins in Tonga, 26th December 1953. Hopkins is sitting under a home-made sign reading ‘Picture Post South Seas Office, Tonga’. Picture Post – 6832 – Report From Tonga – pub. 1953 (Photo by Thurston Hopkins/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Photographer Thurston Hopkins passed away peacefully on 27th October at the age of 101.

This in from Getty Images Vice President for the Hulton Archive, Matthew Butson on the life of Thurston Hopkins:

Born in London in April 1913, Thurston Godfrey Hopkins originally trained as a graphic illustrator at Brighton College of Art, but discovering that the camera “paid better than the brush” he began working as a freelance press photographer in 1930 and later joined the Photopress Agency. However Hopkins soon tired of the cliché ridden imagery and ruthless tactics employed, even back then, by the more successful press photographers of the day. As a former artist, the work ‘churned out’ by these press agencies didn’t satisfy his creative mind and, disillusioned, he returned to his home town to set up his own business. Ironically he never intended to remain in the photographic profession and would have probably returned to his former area of expertise – magazine illustration – but the outbreak of the war was to be a key turning point in his career.

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1954: Picture Post photographer Thurston Hopkins (right) relaxing in the Australian outback with journalist Fyfe Robertson – Photo by Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

When the Second World War broke out Thurston joined the RAF Photographic Unit and in Italy he acquired a Leica – “the first camera I can recall handling without a certain feeling of distaste” as he recalls. Thurston soon developed a taste not only for travel but for reportage – a far cry from the day to day press work he had been used to shooting at home. The world of photojournalism not only enabled him to indulge in his love for travel but also allowed him to be far more expressive in his work. As he once remarked, “I loved the absence of the requirement for technical perfection” and capturing raw emotion and mood was a key element of his work – less the technician and more the artist. After the War he freelanced for a wide variety of newspapers and magazines all over Europe and later, inspired by the ‘new breed’ of photographers such as Kurt Hutton, Felix Mann and Leonard McCombe, he finally achieved his ambition. Working exclusively for Picture Post, first in a freelance capacity and then a ‘staffer’ in 1951, he remained with the magazine until its demise in 1957. Travelling on assignments across the globe he received two British Press Pictures of the Year awards for his work during this period.
Hopkins firmly believed in the importance of a bond between the writer and photographer which was the basis of Picture Post’s success – “I take the rather unpopular view that words and pictures need one another.” However, what marks out Thurston from many of his contemporaries was his uncanny ability to depict the human condition and his photographs are marked by both a great sensitivity and creative approach to his subject.
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Picture Post Photographer Thurston Hopkins in Uganda, 1951. (Photo by Thurston Hopkins/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Following Picture Post Hopkins set up his own studio in Chiswick where – like several other of his Picture Post contemporaries, most notably Bert Hardy – he embarked on a highly successful career in advertising. Effectively retiring in the late 1960s, he continued to teach and lecture on photography in a number of academic institutions before returning to his first love, painting.

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LONDON – MAY 24: Photographer Thurston Hopkins talks to guests at the Getty Images Gallery during the private view of the Picture Post exhibition on May 24, 2007 in London. Photo by Getty Images
Thurston Hopkins passed away peacefully on 27th October at the age of 101, after a short illness. He is survived by his wife Grace Robertson – another former Picture Post photographer and daughter of the celebrated journalist, author and broadcaster Fyfe Robertson – whom he had been married to for more than 60 years.
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Alamy opens Australian office

Stock photo agency Alamy has opened an office in Brisbane, Australia. The agency has been selling directly into Australia and New Zealand since 2012… Rachel Wakefield, head of sales says: ‘This is a key market for us and after the success over the last few years it’s a good time to expand the team and set down permanent roots.’
Give them a call, on +61 7 3012 6131.

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Job: Photo Syndication Sales Executive – Newspaper group – London

News UK is a great company full of talented, dedicated and creative people. We are a company which has journalism at its very heart. Our newspapers and associated websites are some of the most powerful media brands in the English speaking world, reaching 30 million people each week. They are very different products with different values and different strengths, but all are united by a commitment to independent journalism that connects with our customers.

News UK is a company which thrives on pace. Our people stretch themselves on a daily basis, challenging the status quo to produce the best service possible to our readers and customers. We embrace creativity and initiative and we have some of the most talented people in the industry.
If you want to work for one of the world’s most exciting, challenging and creative media organisations then News UK is the place to build your career.

We are seeking a Syndication Sales Executive (for a 15 month contract) who will work with existing and new customers in licensing content across the world. You will be required to demonstrate thorough knowledge of our content , a clear understanding of the licensing of content and the ability to build and develop relationships with editorial teams and contributors enabling you to identify and drive new sales opportunities.

Key Tasks / Result Areas
• Drive monthly sales to achieve/exceed personal targets and in support of the overall revenue targets. Ensure you are aware of the value of each sale by having a good understanding of our royalty commitments and any cost of sale
• Ensure all customer inquiries/opportunities are dealt with promptly and efficiently
• Maintain up to date knowledge of all systems used by the Syndication team and input to the development roadmap of ‘local systems’ e.g. CRM, ecommerce & Profile websites
• Create opportunities to develop new sales/contract opportunities with customers by presenting our products and services to them
• Develop creative new ‘content packages’/services for sale
• Ensure your customers receive daily mail shots (as appropriate) and have access to view relevant collections via our e-Commerce platforms
• Develop a good working knowledge of syndication contracts, including agent agreements, and any exclusivity offered which needs to observed
• Develop strong relationships with key internal and external stakeholders e.g. Contributors, Editorial departments, etc
• Ensure full compliance with CRM processes and input all sales leads, opportunities and associated outcomes in real-time
• Follow up with lapsed customers to understand their requirements with a view to re-establishing a business relationship
• Assist with the development and implementation of marketing strategies to existing and new customers to drive sales opportunities
• Clear rights with contributors where the rights status is unclear or they are not yet signed up to syndicate
• Liaise with Editorial departments to establish content rights and clearance
• Have an excellent understanding of your sector/territories and continually look for opportunities to extend the scope of News Syndication and increase its customer base
• Work with and provide direction to Sales Support team in support of meeting our customers requirements
• Determine annual sales strategy for your sector and input to overall department sales strategy
• Participate in sales/creative meetings to share customer experiences and content information/opportunities
• Be involved in the planning process and exhibiting at trade shows to maximise the effectiveness

Key Skills
• Proven prospecting, negotiation and closing skills
• Excellent understanding of the sales cycle, including personal and departmental performance against targets
• Strong understanding of copyright and content licensing
• Read trade press, quality press and relevant information to maintain up to date knowledge for the media and syndication marketplace.

Please send CV & covering letter to Darren Hendry:

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David Redfern music photographer and photo library owner dies aged 78

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David Redfern by David Redfern 1 Jan 1950 – supplied Getty Images

Very sad news to report this morning, David Redfern music photographer and founder of Redferns Music Picture Library died in France on Wednesday 22 October, after a long fight with pancreatic cancer.
He was 78.

Industry reaction:
Matthew Butson, Vice President, Hulton Archive told “Having known David for 25 years or more, am deeply saddened by his passing. David was one of the true gentlemen in the world of photography and aside from his talent as photographer, he was, without doubt, one of the good guys. His prodigious output over the years – not least in the world of jazz – is arguably unrivalled and his innate positivity about both life and work was infectious. A fighter to the end, it is amazing to think he was still snapping to the end and only this summer covered the Vienna Jazz Festival. With Getty Images having acquired Redferns Music Library in late 2008, David was a regular visitor to the archive and I was always amazed at how upbeat David was, considering his condition, always planning ahead. As Sinatra once said of David – “…you’re one helluva photographer, keep shooting…” . Needless to say he’ll be sorely missed by many and our thoughts and deepest condolences go out to Suzy and the family.”

Charles Swan Swan Turton LLP: “I was a fan of David’s long before I started working in the photography field having watched his imposing figure at work way back in the eighties at a number of gigs. I was in awe of the man when I met him but he soon became a good friend. He was a true gentleman indeed and will be sadly missed. I’m happy I have some of his wonderful pictures.”

Paul Brown, Managing Director at Mary Evans Picture Library: “Very sad to hear the news about David Redfern. He was a stalwart of BAPLA, and in the role of President, which he filled so well for many years, he made a real difference to our industry in that calm and steady way that was uniquely his. Working with David was a pleasure and I will always remember his zest for life and the fun tales he would tell of his latest trip to photograph a jazz festival or music event; things which gave him so much pleasure and enabled him to touch so many lives. A great loss to us all.”

Photographer Mike Prior: “I am so deeply sorry to hear about David. I worked for him in the late 70’s early 80’s at his covent gdn studio. David was a very generous and flamboyant guy, every day was an new experience. A true gent with a great sense of justice.
When I went for the interview as his assistant, David told me he’d already found someone for the job but had agreed to see me because Auriel, his secretary had booked this appointment. We sat and talked for about 2hrs about about photography and more. We then went to the pub for a couple. (this became the norm) The next morning he phoned me and gave me the job. Great interview. Working for him was a truly great time in my life and I shall always be grateful for all his advice and guidance.”

Tim Harris, Sales and Marketing Manager Nature Picture Library: “As well as being a fantastic photographer, David will be remembered as an extremely kind and generous man, always happy to help others and to share his (vast and interesting) experience. For 25 years he attended Frankfurt Book Fair and he showed me and many other picture library colleagues the ropes and helped us discover wonderful restaurants, how to work the halls, and made sure that all were involved in his happy circle and entertained by his fantastic anecdotes. He will be greatly missed and my thoughts are with Suzy, Simon and all his family.”

Lynne Bryant at Arcaid photo library: “David was adorable ! I as Arcaid ,shared his Redferns stand at the Frankfurt Book Fair Book Fair for several years. His laid back sales pitch was to let publishers know he was there, and then it was up them to find him- and they did. Not a sales pitch I would recommend for the rest of us. Evenings were always a surprise David always picked up a gaggle of followers And we’d drive off in his Range Rover never quite sure where we would end up or if the restaurant could accommodate several car loads that were following. I’m recently back from Frankfurt and never a year goes by, or will without fond thoughts of David. Another side of our relationship was when I was Chairman of BAPLA, their were some difficult times and David was always there with his laid back words of wisdom. He was a wonderful combination , talented, friendly and helpful. Will miss knowing he’s there.”

Photojournalist Charlie Varley: “I was sad to read of the passing of David Redfern and send you this from New Orleans………
David was a regular visitor to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage festival where we first met. As a fellow Brit, we would often end up chatting away between sets whilst waiting for musicians to appear. It was always fun to share time with him in the photo pit or backstage where he would take the time to chat, explain whatever innovative camera he might have been working with and share some of his fabulous stories and insight into the world of music photography. With an easy smile, David was a lovely gentle giant of a man. The last time he was here he continued to wander the festival taking in the music and making photographs as only David could despite the obvious pain, discomfort and complications he was experiencing from his cancer. I know he has many fans and followers here in New Orleans, from the photographers in the photo pits to the top names in the music business and just about everyone he came into contact with. He will be sadly missed at the next New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival.”

If you would like me to add your own memory of David to this article please email me

David sold Redferns Music Picture Library to Getty Images in 2008.
He wrote in a post on his site after the sale to Getty Images: ‘Some 9 months have passed since I sold Redferns to Getty Images; the most frequently asked question (by far) ‘I suppose you’re just taking it easy now?’
Nothing could be further from the truth! I’d never wanted to retire, if you have a passion for photography and it’s lifestyle, then there is no cut off date. Much time has been spent renovating my building in West London, upgrading my flat and most importantly preparing the ground floor for our showroom that my partner Suzy & I are opening at the end of October.’

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Photo of David REDFERN circa 2000 – supplied by Getty Images

Getty Images obit reads: Described by drummer Buddy Rich as “the greatest jazz photographer in the world”, David Redfern shot the biggest names in music in a career that spanned six decades. Starting in the jazz clubs of London’s Soho, through the pop explosion of the 1960s and moving on to major US festivals like New Orleans, which he covered for over 40 years, he chronicled the careers of everyone from Miles Davis, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra and BB King to The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye to name but a few.
David was also a well-known and influential figure in the wider world of photography, both through the Redferns agency which he founded and ran for over 40 years and as chair of the UK’s BAPLA – his contributions to the industry were immense. His never dimming passion for both music and photography will be sorely missed.

• View a selection of David’s photography here
• There will be a private cremation in France next week, followed by a memorial celebration in London – yet to be arranged.
• Wiki reads: David Redfern (born 7 June 1936 in Ashbourne, Derbyshire) an English photographer specialising in music photography. He has been a photographer for 45 years and has over 10,000 pictures in his collection. His collection includes many famous photos of the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix. In 1999 he published a book about his life called The Unclosed Eye.
• David was President of BAPLA for many years and received ‘The Milt Hinton Award for Excellence in Jazz Photography’ in New York in January 2007. The award recognises lifetime achievementin jazz photography as art and history.
• David continued his photographic work via his website

If you would like me to add your own memory of David to this article please email me

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Vario represents stock photo production agency MITO – modern, European-influenced imagery

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Bonn – Germany- based photo agency Vario is now representing images from newly formed stock photo producer MITO images which offers a collection of modern, European-influenced people and lifestyle photography.
They say: ‘Topics such as family, health, business and sports are implemented by the agency’s photographers in a striking, sometimes unconventional imagery.’
Includes both RF and RM photos.

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Press Photo History Project – mapping press photography

The team are over at our Press Photo History Project for a few days.

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