Yvonne's Pics

Yvonne's Territories

From Russian fairytales to ingenious devices, explore our international Account Manager's favourites from the archive​

What is your role at Bridgeman?

As an Account Manager for International Sales and Partners I look after our direct clients and agents in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Israel and Africa. I love that my role is very diverse as our clients come from different regions and sectors, both editorial and commercial. 


What do you love most about the job?

I love searching for the right images for our clients and to see how they develop their projects by using our images and footage. I find my position particularly interesting because I get an inside view of what kind of projects people in different countries realise. I have the unique opportunity to hear about cultural events or products in advance and get inspired to travel to those countries to see exhibitions, try restaurants or read the books for which we supplied the imagery.

For me, Bridgeman Images is a fantastic platform where different cultures and nations get together to create beautiful projects. Our content comes from museums, collections and artists from all over the world and is then used by people spread all over the world. Our team at Bridgeman is also very international and it’s a nice feeling to contribute to internationally created business.


What misconceptions do clients most commonly have about the archive?

We are still seen as an archive that has mainly traditional content although we have a large number of images from contemporary artists for which, in many cases, we can also handle the copyright clearance in a quick and efficient way.

Clients are sometimes unexpectedly surprised at the variety of content we have – you can find not only European content but also a lot of Asian, Russian, Arabic, African or South American art (etc…). 


Yvonne Besser, Account Manager


 Orgena, 1998 (acrylic, oil, polyester resin, glitter, map pins and elephant dung on linen), Chris Ofili / Private Collection / Bridgeman Images



Chris Ofili

I live in North London next to a building where people from the black community gather together. I’m always very fascinated by how beautifully African women are dressed and I have started to follow African fashion events.
Chris Ofili, who is represented by Victoria Miro Gallery in London, seeks to question racial and sexual stereotypes in a humorous way.
The contemporary art market has gained a big interest in African contemporary art in the last few years. Chris Ofili’s controversial painting 'The Holy Virgin Mary' has been sold at Christie’s in 2015 for £2,882,500.





Russian Fairytales

Growing up in East Germany I watched and read lovely Russian fairytales. I generally love children’s books and find Russian illustrations exceptional.

 Illustration from 'The Snow Maiden', Russian Fairytale, 1976 (litho), Marina Uspenskaya / Gamborg Collection / Bridgeman Images


Water clock with automated figures, from 'Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices' by Al-Djazari, 1206 (vellum), Islamic School, / Topkapi Palace Museum, Istanbul, Turkey / Bridgeman Images








Ingenious Devices

I haven't figured out yet how this mechanical device works but just watching the picture makes me very curious to know more about the entire 'Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices' by Al-Djazari, 1206! 




Magritte, one of my favourite artists! I admire his subtle sense of irony and especially like the series about his inside / outside window views.
The Painter Rene Magritte and his wife Georgette Berger, c.1922, Belgian Photographer (20th century) / Private Collection / Photo © PVDE / Bridgeman Images


Animated 19th century phenakistoscope with acrobat somersaulting over chair / Richard Balzer Collection / Bridgeman Images





My usual office exercise...







I love ice cream and funny images within the Bridgeman archive. ;)

A southern California girl has her own way of inbibing in an ice / Underwood Archives/UIG / Bridgeman Images



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