Author: Holly Webster

Holly Webster heads up Bridgeman Footage and looks after all of the existing and newly acquired collections. Her favourite clip is Early Flight Prototypes (BFF623042), a montage showing the earliest attempts at building flying machines.

One of the most acclaimed war artists of World War One, Christopher Richard Wynne Nevinson’s dramatic paintings captured the dehumanising horror of this brutal conflict. Picturing the First World War The work of C. R. W. Nevinson (1889 –  1946) has provided some of the most iconic images of the First World War. From mechanical soldiers to unsettling industrial landscapes, he captured a world torn…

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During the Great Depression gangsters were glorified as celebrities for their illegal deeds and flamboyant lives. From bootleggers to bank robbers, we count down the baddest boys and girls in American history. 10. Machine Gun Kelly George Barnes Jr., also known as Machine Gun Kelly (1990-1954), was a formidable gangster during the Prohibition famous for his penchant towards Thompson submachine guns. His crimes included bootlegging, armed…

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Call Yourself a Film Buff?

Posted by Published on March 23, 2017

Welcome to Buff Films, a fascinating private collection from renowned filmmaker John Edwards. Covering the history of flight, NATO promo films from the 70s and 80s, and historical documentary and newsreel footage throughout the 20th century, this rich and exclusive collection is fully available through Bridgeman Footage. First flights Charting the progression of aircraft technology from the very beginning, Buff Films is home to a…

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Animals that Changed History

Posted by Published on March 6, 2017

As Footage Manager I get to watch and catalogue all manner of unusual and varied historical footage, making me well placed to find the right pieces of footage for the right projects. One of our recent (and less specific) requests had me looking for footage of “animals that changed history”. I’ll admit that I rolled my eyes at first, expecting to find one tenuously relevant…

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Lost In Motion

Posted by Published on June 1, 2016

We are proud to introduce the utterly mesmerising Richard Balzer Collection, a warped world of animated 19th century phenakistoscopes, thaumatropes and zoetropes, available as gifs and video files exclusively from Bridgeman Footage.   There is no decisive point at which the concept of the moving image first came to light. It is an ancient human obsession – even in the Ice Age, people were entertained…

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In a packed out boardroom at the Bridgeman offices in West London, the prominent Archive Producer, of Senna and Amy fame no less, led a merry and informal discussion into the foggy world of fair dealing. Organised by FOCAL International (Federation of Commercial Audiovisual Libraries), hosted by Bridgeman Images, and led by Paul Bell, it was a perfect combination of researchers and archive heads, getting together…

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Gallipoli Campaign 25 April 1915 – 9 January 1916 The Gallipoli Campaign was one of the Allies’ major disasters of  World War One. Carried out between 25th April 1915 and 9th January 1916 on the Gallipoli peninsula in the Ottoman Empire, the doomed campaign was spearheaded by Winston Churchill in the hope of creating a new war-front that the Ottomans could not cope with. The…

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The Reel East-Enders

Posted by Published on December 22, 2014

Next month Britain’s favourite TV soap, Eastenders, turns 30. Love or loath it, this long-running soap opera has become an iconic and firmly established feature in British popular culture. Reaching the number-one spot in UK television ratings within eight months of launching, it has since remained one of the nation’s most popular shows. The everyday lives of Albert Square’s famous heroes and villains have, over…

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The first woman artist: Lavinia Fontana

Posted by Published on July 29, 2014

Lavinia Fontana (1552-1614) was an Italian painter of the Mannerist school and one of the most important portraitists in Bologna during the late 16th century. August 2014 will mark 400 years since her death so it seems timely to examine her paintings and life as a female artist in the Renaissance period. She was remarkable in being one of the first women to execute large,…

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Highlighting how images licensed from the Bridgeman archive were transformed into our favourite book covers of 2013. Which is your favourite?             Learn More To find out more about image licensing and using our images for your creative projects, contact us on      

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