Copyright Management

Bridgeman Copyright manages the licensing of an estate, artist or photographer's entire ouevre, handling all requests.

Bridgeman Images offers a full copyright administration service for artists, photographers and estates. We handle all reproduction requests and rights-managed image licensing on your behalf, working with a list of over 40,000 clients internationally through our five offices to provide artworks to the publishing, product, advertising, design, film and television sectors.

Louisiana Heron, 1834(coloured engraving), Audubon, John James (1785-1851) (after) / National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, USA / Bridgeman Images

We are proud to say we have excellent relationships with the artists and estates we represent, and have long-standing partnerships with many of the world’s foremost creators, representing and administering the copyright for over 1,000 artists and estates. Members include Gavin Turk, Maggi Hambling, Dame Elizabeth Blackadder RA, Bill Jacklin RA, Eileen Cooper RA, the Lucian Freud Archive and the estates of Stanley Spencer, Archibald Motley, Anne Truitt, Barry Flanagan and Carlos Cruz-DIez, among others. You can view and search through the artists we represent on the Partners section of our client-facing website.

Bridgeman Images offers artists, photographers and estates an unrivalled copyright management service. We work closely to understand the wishes of the artist and to ensure that images are always reproduced in a sensitive manner and to highlight and further the artist’s reputation.

We handle all aspects of the copyright administration in an artist’s oeuvre, starting from the cataloguing and keywording process of the artworks through to providing extensive in-house picture research services and high-quality digital files tailored to the needs of each individual client.

Ground Swell, 1939 (oil on canvas), Hopper, Edward (1882-1967) / Corcoran Collection, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., USA / Museum Purchase, William A. Clark Fund / Bridgeman Images

Each Bridgeman Copyright artist has an online biography and clear links to their body of work available for licensing through Bridgeman. We actively promote our roster of artists, representing them at international trade shows and marketing to targeted audiences through our PR campaigns, direct email marketing and social media presence, as well as in direct meetings to pitch new content to clients and to inspire them in their next projects.

Our dedicated Business Development and Account Managers work closely with the Content Partnership Team to ensure that our clients are fully informed when it comes to copyright and rights clearance. With decades of experience in copyright licensing, we are uniquely placed to communicate directly with clients on behalf of the copyright holder, negotiating reproduction and copyright fees and billing the client on your behalf. This revenue is shared with you as the artist or estate. The copyright we administer is never assigned: All copyright remains with the artist or estate and the credit to the artist is prominently displayed on our website, as well as in the licences we grant for usage which clearly outline the exact permissions that have been granted to the end user.

Fulfilment (Stoclet Frieze) c.1905-09 (tempera, w/c) (detail of 65884), Klimt, Gustav (1862-1918) / MAK (Austrian Museum of Applied Arts) Vienna, Austria / Bridgeman Images

In addition, we are proud to work with our sister company, the Artists' Collecting Society (ACS) which is the only Community Interest Company dedicated to the collection of the Artist's Resale Right (Droit de Suite) on behalf of artists and artists' estates in both the UK and the EU. Find out more here.

For more information about the Bridgeman Copyright Service for artists, photographers and estates, please contact us.

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