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View: Mirrorpix – Portfolio V – stories of newspaper photography

UK photo library Mirrorpix have published their latest image brochure Portfolio V which covers Daily Mirror photographers and the major news events they covered for the newspaper since 1904.
They say: ‘Portfolio V is our latest brochure with an emphasis on what we are looking at this year and into 2015. As well, we tell how we have recently expanded our archive, stories of our earliest photographers, and working with authors on illustrated sports books.’
‘We have created Portfolio V with you our customer in mind, to guide you through the next couple of years, and maybe even offer some inspiration on that certain project.’
Take a look here

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Now online: Retrograph picture library – 100 years of classic graphic design

The UK based Retrograph collection of classic graphic design images is now available online
Spanning 100 years of retrospective publicity work dating from the mid eighteen hundreds to the middle of the twentieth century, all available from their direct download site.

Retrograph was first established some 25 years ago by Jilliana and Martin Breese and is a picture library that extensively specialises in publicity designs that have been created by commercial artists throughout the past one hundred and fifty years. It is a unique collection of designs that promote products, services, events and occasions and these images have been recorded photographically from the original prints, still retaining the qualities of the variety of printed methods that were used in their reproduction.
They say: The collection features some of the greatest and finest and most colourful examples of these artists’ work and the images also reflect all of the art movements that became popular throughout the 20th century. 
Although the Retrograph collection was a most popular source of images for publishers, designers and other industries over the years the library ceased offering the work a few years ago when it became a standard for the images to be digitised for ease of access by clients wishing to obtain them. We at Retrograph have been working on the library images, digitising the collection over the past two years or more and so far there are around 2,500 available that are shown in 72 categories on our new website ( This is just a start to this important collection as there are still many thousands of images in the pipeline ready for digitisation that we are working on or preparing to work on.
We are producing new sections and uploading new images to our site on an ongoing basis and eventually we aim to have many more thousands of images for you to choose from on our website.’

• View the Retrograph listing on PAN

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Launched: ‘Illustrated First World War’ magazine – content supplied by one UK pic library

The Illustrated First World War Magazine from the Illustrated London News Archive
the new mag based on content from one UK photo library

‘Just arrived, hot off the press at Mary Evans Picture Library is ‘Illustrated First World War’, a bookazine published by ILN Ltd and based on the rich content from their magazine archive, housed and managed at Mary Evans. The bookazine, which features a rich mix of photographs, covers, illustrations, cartoons and advertisements from magazines such as The Sphere, The Tatler, The Bystander and of course the Illustrated London News has been a collaborative effort between Mary Evans Picture Library and ILN; all picture research and selection was handled in-house, and, as lead writer, staff member Luci Gosling provided ten of the bookazine’s articles and is credited as main author of the magazine.’
• Retails for £6.99 and will be available from WH Smith, Waitrose and other high street retailers.
• £1.40 of the cover price will be donated to the Royal British Legion.

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Job: Chief News Photographer – acquiring news video in the field


Details on Footage News

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Huntley Film Archives – Recently discovered and uploaded clips

Full story and clip links on our Footage News site

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Searching for: Photographer Geoffrey Douglas Bolton – copyright to clear

On our Press Photo History site now

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Copyright to clear: 1962 Hockney David image – Photographer “Smedley”

Update: Copyright cleared
Will, Good news – I have managed to make contact with relatives of the photographer ‘Smedley’, so this case can be closed now. Thank you for your help.
Tom Watkinson, Blakeway Productions, London

Do you own the © on this image?

Original article publisged 9 June 2014
This image and request in from Tom an Assistant Producer at a London Film production company:

Dear Will,
I hope this email finds you well.
It’s been recommended I contact you by Suzy at TopFoto, as we are trying to track down a photographer, the details of which are as follows:
We are looking to use a photograph that was published in “Town” magazine, in 1962.
It is a photograph of artist David Hockney standing next to his painting “Life Drawing for a Diploma”.
We found the article in the British Library in order to find the photographer (see attached for scan).
Unfortunately he/she is just listed as “Smedley”.
I wondered if you could offer me some advice on how to best go about finding out exactly who this is and clearing the photo accordingly?

Do you happen to have a database of photographers that would might be able to have a quick search in on my behalf?
Any help you could provide us on this would be hugely appreciated.

• If you Are or Represent Smedley please contact [email protected] and I will pass your details on.
• UPDATE: Tom is working with the Hockney estate (thanks Julia at Laurence King for their details) but still requires clearance on this image from the photographer.

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Getty Images App provides full embed facility – from 17 July

On July 17 Getty Images will update their iOS App allowing users to embed and share the full Getty Images’ collection – at no cost – for non-commercial use on websites, blogs and social media channels, straight from a mobile device.
They Say: According to data from comScore, mobile devices accounted for 55% of internet usage in the US in January, with apps accounting for 47% of that traffic. With people increasingly embracing mobile access to execute work-related tasks, the iOS apps allow creative storytellers to pursue their ideas wherever they are. The apps enable users to search, curate and share millions of rich conceptual and editorial images only available at Getty Images and iStock, and delve into the historic Getty Images photo archive.
“We are excited to bring our apps to creatives the world over via Apple’s great iPhone and iPad. Freeing design teams and storytellers from the constraints of their laptops will allow creativity and collaboration to extend to wherever ideas are brought to life.” said Matthew Bencke, Senior Vice President, Product and Customer Experience at Getty Images.

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Shutterstock provides multi-colour ‘image discovery tool’ – Palette

Palette is the latest function to be added to the Shutterstock site. You can now explore the collection via curated palettes or create your own palette selecting colours to match your brief.
They say: “Designers love exploring the Shutterstock collection using color and we wanted to create a unique experience for those searching within brand guidelines,” said Shutterstock’s VP of Product Wyatt Jenkins. “Palette was designed as a collaborative tool to inspire and discover imagery based on color schemes.”

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Digitalstock photo agency closes – Acquired by PantherMedia

Notice: This in from PantherMedia CEO, Robert Walters
Munich, 08th of July 2014: The German stock photo agency PantherMedia acquires the stock photo agency Digitalstock

After 10 years of business, Digitalstock GmbH ceases its operation. Customers and photographers receive an exclusive offer to continue buying and selling photos online at

Every customer who is transferring his account from to receives three images for free. Existing deposits will also be transferred to PantherMedia with an exchange rate of one DIGIcredit to one XXL download on This may triple the value of the deposit, since one image was about one to three DIGIcredits. Besides free images and the exchange of credits, customers benefit from a much larger collection of 30 million images at compared to only 800.000 images on
Photographers may opt in to their account transfer until the 31st of August 2014. Every photographer who is not already registered at PantherMedia, may transfer his account including the images without any additional work. Digitalstock pays out all existing photographers until 30th of September 2014, after sucessfully requesting the payout in their account.

They say: “As a small agency focused on the German market only, it was not possible for us to compete in this price driven market and to stay profitable“, explains Juergen Wunderle, CEO of Digitalstock GmbH. „Many thanks go out to our photographers and customers for the long lasting relationship. We have found a strong partner with PantherMedia who understands the German market and can trustfully continue the business relationships.”
“Digitalstock and PantherMedia are the pioneers in the German microstock market. With a common understanding of the German market and its service as well as image quality requirements, we are welcoming Digitalstock’s customers and will serve them according to their individual needs”, rejoices Robert Walters, CEO of PantherMedia.

• German based stockphoto agency ceases its operations
• Customers can transfer their account including their deposit to PantherMedia
• Photographers are welcome to migrate their complete portfolio

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