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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Retrograph – classic graphic design images

Retrograph is a unique collection of classic graphic design images spanning 100 years of retrospective publicity work, dating from the mid eighteen hundreds to the middle of the twentieth century. The web site is updated weekly with new images so frequent visits are recommended.

Email: [email protected]
Twitter: @RetroWallArt
Tel: 01992 579919

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Arcaid Images

banner_1000x430mm showcases the buildings that make our world. Modern iconic architecture, modest historic locations, museums to mud huts. is shelter. is destinations. is culture. We live in a built world. Be it Foster or Frank Lloyd Wright, a bathroom or the baroque our global contributors provide images of significant new buildings and classics of the past. also includes historic black and white images of Britain and the US state of Illinois with emphasis on Chicago.

Call us, we are always happy to help you find what you need. 020 8 546 4352

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+44 (0)208 546 4352

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Ambience Images

Print is full of homes and gardens from around the world providing inspiration and aspiration as single images and features with text. offers something for everyone’s taste in living, the exotic, the designer and the house next door. Conventional, casual and contemporary interiors, with contributors such as Richard Powers the collection is diverse.

A growing number of our images are property released.

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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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New site: X17 celeb photo agency – ‘bigger and better’

Click it ↓ The new-look site
Los Angeles based celebrity photo agency X17 are online with a new look site this week. Announcing the new site to their 20K Twitter followers the agency wrote: ‘What do you think about our new look?! x17online is bigger and better!’
Take a look

↓ The old site launched in 2011

• View all X17 news articles on PAN

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Licence-ready images: 1960′s Royal Paparazzo Ray Bellisario

Getty Images have released a new batch of digitised and licence-ready images from the the Popperfoto collection they took in-house a few years ago from founder Czech photo-journalist Paul Popper.The images are by Ray Bellisario London’s first paparazzo who started papping the Royal family forty years ago.

• Popperfoto was founded in 1934 and is one of the UK’s oldest and largest independently-owned image libraries.

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