Mary Evans Collection of the Week - Dora Sprinzel
The artist Dora Sprinzel created a series of fashion drawings in the 1930s that are a stylish tribute to more acclaimed designers. She left Berlin in the early thirties and arrived in London with her husband Paul, as refugees. Paul had been a film director and so Dora was exposed to the glamorous world of the silver screen. Taking inspiration from this, and with a talent for drawing, she began to forge a career as a fashion illustrator, translating descriptions sent by her sister from the Paris catwalks into a series of elegant images recording the latest styles from visionaries such as Jeanne Lanvin, Marcel Rochas and Elsa Schiaparelli. Dora’s pictures were then licensed to clothing manufacturers and retailers around the world, who made up copies with an affordable price tag. Sprinzel’s charming drawings represent fashion in one of its most glamorous decades forming a collection that has the utmost vintage appeal.
View the whole of Dora Sprinzel’s collection here, and do get in touch with the library either by email at email@example.com or by telephone on 020 8318 0034 if you’d like a search or a quote.
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footageMarketplace and imageMarketplace Capture the Big Apple
You know what they say - if you can make it in New York you can make it anywhere...this two-day event bringing together image and footage agencies with buyers of creative content went down exceptionally well.
The great Midtown Loft venue was filled with 400 visitors over the two days, meeting over 40 suppliers of content covering still images and footage. It has been a while since an event of this sort was available for the North American market, and the enthusiasm of participants was evident.
The seminars were packed, with many industry experts talking on a wide range of subjects, from rights and legal issues, to how to find the best material, to Vimeo’s Vision for the Future.
Many participants said that they liked the opportunity to meet existing and potential new clients face to face.
Tim Fortuna, Senior Media Acquisition Specialist at Watchtower Publications, said: "The business of stills and footage is always a personal one – it is essential to have face-to-face contact for good business relationships, and I was pleased to meet with various suppliers and renew my contacts with people from other agencies.” He added: “The seminars were great to have an understanding of where the industry is heading. I particularly liked the ones by Mariola C. Kalinska on Rights and Licensing; How to Knock the Ball out of the Park, was also very good." He took two junior colleagues along, and they found the breadth of information in the seminars tremendously valuable.
Morgan Schofield, Director of Footage and Photo Sales, was on the Global ImageWorks’ stand and found some useful leads for potential projects. "It is good to catch up with existing clients and show people our new collections, including our archive of still photos which not everybody knows about. The venue was very pretty and had a nice view from the Roof Terrace.”
Elizabeth Klinck, Archive Producer and Copyright Specialist, is a very experienced researcher who delivered a seminar drawing on her own expertise in copyright clearance and acted as a panellist/moderator on two others. She said: "The event was extremely productive, with a lot of top-drawer agencies present – it was well worth attending. The venue was good and access great." She liked the food and thought the socialising at the end of day at ACSIL’s Happy Hour on the roof terrace a wonderful end of great industry event.
Bobby Dicks, Senior Director of Sales & Licensing, found himself very busy on the CNN table, so didn’t have time for more than a glimpse of the seminars. He thought that the ACSIL networking party at the end was an excellent opportunity to circulate and talk with people. "I’m really looking forward to doing it again next year.” he said.
One issue beyond the control of all was the temperature hitting a high of 91°.
Bob Prior, organiser, says, "This event went extremely well, and our team put a lot of effort into making it a success. We were delighted with the feedback, which was really positive. We will be doing it again next year, although we are looking at Spring or Fall to avoid the sweltering weather."
Mary Evans Collection of the Week - Polo Pictures of Michael Chevis
Photographer Michael Chevis established his studio in 1977, and began to specialise in photographing polo having been introduced to the sport while still at school. Since then he has been commissioned by many equestrian and national magazines and is the official Pony Club Polo photographer.
His work has naturally involved photographing keen polo players the Prince of Wales and his sons, Princes William and Harry at major polo centres in England (especially Cowdray). Leading figures on the polo scene have also been captured by his camera, as well as other royal polo enthusiasts including Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret who appear frequently in his archives from the 1950s onwards.
Michael’s collection not only includes his own photographs of the so-called ’sport of kings’ but also a small but perfectly-formed set of photographs documenting rural life in the home counties. Whether you know polo or not, there are some real photographic gems here such as a lovely shot of a young Prince Charles feeding sugar lumps to a pony; polo champion Billy Wallace being presented with a trophy by Princess Margaret, with whom he was once romantically linked; and Prince Philip playing bicycle polo at Windsor in the 1960s. Click here for these and more.
If you have a research request call 020 8318 0034 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Story of "Woman in Gold" Through AKG-images' Collection
Klimt’s famous painting "Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I" commonly known as “The Woman in Gold” is explored through an interactive presentation by akg-images, showcasing various facets of the artwork’s creation, its reception and fate during the turbulent 20th century.
akg-images invite you to explore the story of through an interactive presentation.
"Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I", also known as "Woman in Gold", was painted by Gustav Klimt in Vienna, Austria, in 1907. The rich story of the artwork, from both creative and historical points of view, perfectly illustrates how a single work of art reflects an artist’s environment, historical trends and traditions, social movements, cultural values, intellectual perspectives, and personal relationships.
Caption for the image: Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I (detail), 1907, by Gustav Klimt (AKG42134, credit: akg-images / Erich Lessing).
For more than 70 years, akg-images have been illustrating world’s history and culture through art and photography. Today, their online collections of more than 4.5 million images provide a unique opportunity to put works of art or historical events into context by exploring the web of circumstances in which artworks were created or events took place. Contexts shape the meaning and interpretation of the world around us and are inseparable from the work or event.
Visit akg-images’ website to see the selection of images used in the presentation or get in touch with the team to arrange complimentary picture research for your projects: email@example.com.
Collection Gems - John Deakin Archive Portraits
Bridgeman Images are now representing the John Deakin Archive exclusively in the UK and worldwide.
Although John Deakin, the great chronicler of the cultural scene in fifties and sixties London and Soho, never received recognition during his lifetime, he is now hailed as one of the great portrait photographers of the 20th century.
"Being fatally drawn to the human race, what I want to do when I photograph it is to make a revelation about it. So my sitters turn into my victims. But I would like to add that it is only those with a daemon, whose faces lend themselves to be victimised at all." John Deakin
Deakin captured some of the most talented artists, writers, and cultural figures in the UK at that time, as well as giving us a fascinating insight in to the murky world of 1960s Soho.
Read more about John Deakin on Bridgeman’s website.
To licence images from the John Deakin Archive, please contact their sales team.
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