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Job: Picture Researcher – W.London photo agency – full time

Picture Researcher for akg-images
Do you have an interest in history and fine art, an eye for detail and a love of research? We are looking for a PICTURE RESEARCHER to join our friendly team at the akg-images offices in Fulham, south-west London.

WHO WE ARE: akg-images is a Rights Managed photo agency specialising in fine art and history. We have an incredible archive of over ten million images covering the cultural history of the world and have been in the picture business for nearly seventy years. Our head office is located in Berlin and we have an additional office in Paris.

YOUR ROLE AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Reporting to the managing director as part of a small picture research team, you will be responsible for undertaking picture research based on briefs given by clients, researching our own collection as well as our international partner agencies’ databases. You will be dealing with a diverse range of clients, from academic textbook publishers to greetings cards manufacturers, from advertising agencies to television production companies. You will also work closely with our documentation and scanning teams in our head office to source material and with our translators to translate caption information from German into English where appropriate. You will also be involved in the promotion and marketing of the company and will represent the photo agency at trade fairs and client visits. There are opportunities for foreign travel for the successful candidate.

PERSON SPECIFICATION: You must be educated to undergraduate degree level (or equivalent) at least, ideally in history or art history. You must also have strong general knowledge. Previous experience working in a picture research environment is essential. Fluency in written and spoken German is crucial; we will not be able to consider applicants without advanced German language skills. A working knowledge of another European language would also be useful.

You must have keen research skills and be able to interpret a variety of image briefs thoroughly and creatively. Knowledge of photographic and artistic copyright legislation is essential for the role. Interest or experience in the publishing and/or advertising sectors, as well as awareness of the latest developments in new technology, is desirable.

You should be helpful by nature, friendly, outgoing and efficient with excellent organisation and communication skills. You must be able to thrive under the pressure of deadlines. You should have a strong knowledge of Microsoft Office and imaging software, as well as some experience in using image databases. Experience with using social media for business would also be advantageous.

SALARY: dependent on experience
CONTRACT TYPE: permanent
HOURS: full-time

LOCATION: akg-images offices at:
5 Melbray Mews
158 Hurlingham Road
London SW6 3NS

TO APPLY: Please send a CV and covering letter outlining how you meet the criteria set out in the person specification, as well as your salary expectation, to:
David Price-Hughes
Managing Director
akg-images Ltd
5 Melbray Mews
158 Hurlingham Road
London SW6 3NS

The closing date for applications is Sunday 27 October.