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Hello, I'm Angelika Pirkl, a UK-based freelance Picture Researcher & Art Buyer specialised in history, vintage photography, and the arts. 


After ten years of working in the image licensing industry, I set up Igloo Picture Research in 2017 to help clients find those elusive perfect pictures for their projects.

I can provide meticulous picture research for trade publishing, academic publishing or television broadcasting, as well as offer a more creative approach to book cover design or non-editorial projects, both in digital and print.


I can assist with:

​▶ setting & managing picture budgets


▶ compiling preliminary subject specs from manuscripts

▶ interpreting image briefs thoroughly & creatively

▶ carrying out picture research across a variety of sources - ranging from local and international picture libraries to museums, smaller institutions, private collections or independent photographers

▶ negotiating licensing fees

▶ sourcing digital high-resolution image files

▶ obtaining necessary rights clearances for photographic copyright as well as additional artistic copyright, publicity rights & property rights if required

▶ keeping accurate records of picture codes, captions, credit lines & licence terms

I have experience across a range of subject areas, including:

❖ History ❖ Archaeology ❖ Vintage Photography ❖ Art ❖ Design ❖ Architecture ❖ Fashion ❖ Performing Arts ❖ Culture ❖


Projects can be undertaken remotely or in-house.

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