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COVID-19: Eyevine – How’s the Agency Doing Now?

Almost six months on we have been back to the photo agencies who participated in our COVID-19: How’s the photo agency doing? reports to ask how are they doing NOW?

Here is an update from Graham Cross at photo agency Eyevine.

Hi Will,

Six months seem to have flown by and here we are almost in October and the new normal feels almost that. We are still primarily working from home offices which we have upgraded, although a couple of us started to return to the office a few days a week for a change of scene mostly.  Of course that is now under review again given latest Government advice. All systems are go wherever we are based.

Business in the months since lockdown began has been very steady with the increase in licenses of archival celebrity shoots continuing. Photographers have started shooting posed portraiture again as access improves and our syndication sales of exclusive The Guardian & Observer shoots goes from strength to strength, hand in hand with The New York Times and The Evening Standard too. 

News coverage by our own photographers as well as suppliers such as Xinhua, Polaris Images and Zuma Press has increased in volume with core stories such as the Covid-19 pandemic, BLM, US elections etc. 

It’s important to stay in touch. Sales Director David Leverton says: “ I have been speaking with more clients since lockdown as they rediscover the old fashioned telephone. Perhaps it’s the need for human contact instead of technology. It’s interesting to hear how they are dealing with working from home and how they are coping without the traditional office environment. Some can’t wait to get back whilst others are not missing the commute. On the downside we are seeing a number of our old industry friends lose their staff jobs as more picture desks are consolidated in the editorial press. We wonder where our industry will be after another six months of the pandemic.”

As you know we held our AGM last week to sign off the company accounts and explore plans moving forwards. I am glad to report a year on year increase in sales turnover with the mix between UK and International sales remaining constant. We continue to look for new partners both here and abroad with whom we can work closely as we see the likely impact of the pandemic on our industry accelerate over the coming months. We remain in a strong position and are open to opportunities more than ever no matter what they might be.

Below are some recent usages for eyevine.
Stay safe and thanks for keeping us all informed.

Graham Cross

Demonstrators and police clash in Times Square over the death of George Floyd, in New York, on May 30, 2020. Credit: Mark Peterson / Redux / eyevine For further information please contact eyevine tel: +44 (0) 20 8709 8709 e-mail:
June 13, 2020 – West Point, New York, United States: The U.S. Military Academy at West Point held their graduation and commissioning ceremony for the Class of 2019 at Michie Stadium in West Point. This year, 985 cadets graduated. Among them were 10 international cadets. The class includes 221 women, 110 African-Americans (32 are women; the most for any class in academy history), 79 Asian/Pacific Islanders, 88 Hispanics and seven Native Americans. There are 119 members who attended the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School (98 men and 21 women). There are 60 class members who are prior service, 11 of those are combat veterans. In attendance were commencement speaker Vice President Mike Pence, Secretary of the Army Mark T. Esper and Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley. Each year, USMA graduates officers who are leaders of character committed to the values of duty, honor, country. (Brandon O’Connor/USMA/Polaris) Credit: Polaris / eyevine For further information please contact eyevine tel: +44 (0) 20 8709 8709 e-mail:

• Here’s Eyevine’s April 2020 COVID report on PAN
• View all Eyevine on PAN

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