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Angelika Pirkl, Freelance Picture Researcher in Norwich + London, UK

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


I have over 15 years' experience in the image licensing industry, working for a diverse client base on editorial and non-editorial projects alike, both in digital and print. 

I graduated from the University of Royal Holloway with a Bachelor in European Studies, focused on 20th century history, and also completed a course on Art History from the University of Zaragoza in Spain. I began my career as a Picture Researcher at Lebrecht Music and Arts photo library, during which time I gained a qualification in Picture Research Skills from Central Saint Martins. I later led the picture research team at akg-images fine art & history picture library, before becoming Managing Director of the akg-images London office in 2015. During my time at both picture libraries I was actively involved in all stages of the image licensing process, from initial image brief through to fee negotiation and rights clearance.

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. Falling back on many years' experience in the industry, 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.​​

Languages: bilingual English & German, reading knowledge of Spanish & French.

Click here to view my LinkedIn profile, or contact me for a full CV.

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