Hello, I'm Angelika Pirkl, a London-based freelance Picture Researcher and Art Buyer specialised in history, vintage photography and the arts. I have over ten 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 have been involved in all stages of the image licensing process, from initial image brief through to fee negotiation and rights clearance. In 2017 I decided to set up Igloo Picture Research to follow my passion of helping clients source those elusive perfect pictures for their projects!

I can deliver picture research for trade publishing, educational publishing and television broadcasting, as well as offer a more creative approach to book cover design and non-editorial projects. With many years' experience in the industry, I can assist with:

  • setting picture budgets;

  • compiling preliminary subject specs;

  • carrying out picture research from a range of sources using local and international picture libraries as well as museums, smaller institutions, private collections and 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 and property rights if required;

  • keeping accurate records of picture codes, captions, credit lines and licence terms.

Projects can be undertaken externally 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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Angelika Pirkl, Igloo Picture Research, London, United Kingdom | Email: igloopictureresearch@gmail.com | Tel: +44 (0)7951 114683

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