Dreamlike, suggestive and poetic at the same time, Impressionism has left a profound imprint on the history of art, moving its first steps in France since the second half of the nineteenth century.  In the spring of 1874, a group of young painters challenged the official Paris Salon by organising an exhibition of their own in the studio of the photographer Nadar. Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Camille Pissarro, Giuseppe…

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We’re excited to announce the third annual Bridgeman Book Cover Design Awards! Bridgeman Images prides itself on working closely with designers in all industries, but since we began nearly 50 years ago, the close working relationship with publishing designers has evolved considerably and is now unmatched in the licensing industry. Each year, we look back and celebrate the best book covers of the year that used content sourced from…

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50 years ago, clashes between police and protesters outside a gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village galvanised a generation, inspiring Pride parades around the world. Gay marriage is now legal and things have generally come a long way, but there is still a way to go to achieve true equality. We thought we would take a look at icons and historical figures throughout…

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Eadweard Muybridge (9th April 1830 – 8th May 1904) was a pioneering photographer and inventor. Known worldwide for his contributions to art (with several technological patents to his name) his work was a forerunner to motion picture making in the days before flexible film strips. His most famous works are his photographs of horses in motion, the first of which proved to stunned press that at…

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Festivals have become a staple during the summer months, with over a thousand taking place in the UK alone. Now mega-festivals such as Glastonbury and Coachella attract millions of visitors every year, but there was a time when they were more low-key affairs, fuelled by the hippy movement of the sixties, promoting peace and love, and representing the emerging alternative music scene. Clothes were not mandatory, people…

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”Summertime is always the best of what might be” – Charles Bowden   We’re in June, and summer is on the way! As this most beloved of seasons arrives we’re casting our eyes back into our footage archive and it isn’t all beach balls and sand! In addition to the obligatory beach family shots, you’ll find travelogues, classic 50’s coastlines and water-related sports, some weird…

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Summer has arrived and with it comes the sunny month of July! As in one of the adventures of Philipe Fogg of London and his French valet Passepartout in the famous novel Around the World in Eighty Days, we begin our journey to discover the most interesting exhibitions in the world’s 5 continents. Are we already halfway through 2019?   Summer at Beaux Arts 4th July – 7th…

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“The world has already been overwhelmed by one Chernobyl and one exclusion zone. It cannot afford any more. It must learn its lessons from what happened in and around Chernobyl on April 26, 1986.” – Serhii Plokhy, Chernobyl: The History of a Nuclear Catastrophe The 26th April 1986 is a date that the world will never forget,  the date that the nuclear reactor in the Chernobyl…

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Described by the Czech conductor Jiří Bělohlávek as “the world’s largest and most democratic musical festival”, the Proms is a yearly eight-week treat for music lovers in the UK and around the world.  Starting in July, concerts and other music events take place throughout the summer months, organised and broadcast by the BBC. Since the first festival was organised in 1895 it has grown to become…

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  “Some beautiful paths can’t be discovered without getting lost.” — Erol Ozan   Discover the world of Transport through time with Bridgeman Footage. From across the world we present clips documenting the various forms of travel used throughout history. You’ll find 70’s documentary footage, home video travelogues, early black and white footage of experimental transport machines, contemporary clips of motorways, country roads and more….

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