InfoZone & Blog

Welcome to the Visual Connections InfoZone, your one-stop source of information on all aspects of sourcing, licensing and using images. Here you will find carefully researched reference articles, complemented in our blog by news, insights and tips of specific relevance to image buyers – plus a calendar of industry events and press releases.

Educational articles

  • Copyright: what it is and what it protects
  • Fair use: when you may use an image without permission
  • Licensing: what the different types of licenses mean
  • Releases: model and property releases and when you need them
  • Orphan works: using images with no contactable copyright owner

We will be adding more articles over the next few months, on subjects such as sourcing images, licensing footage, production services, and color calibration. If you have a suggestion for a subject you would like to see covered, please let us know.


Expect regular updates from respected industry players on topics ranging from copyright and licensing, through productivity tools and tips, to career development.

The best way to know when a new post has gone up is to follow us on Twitter.

Industry events

We keep our calendar updated with all the major events around the world for stock image buyers and sellers.

Industry press releases

Check out the latest industry press releases announcing new collections and services for image buyers.


Our blog is managed by Ellen Herbert of Neat Production, a leading photography professional with experience as an editor, producer, researcher and art director, providing support for creative projects, and producing and directing for a wide array of clients, including non profits, corporates and start-ups.


The InfoZone is kindly sponsored by PACA (Picture Archive Council of America), the trade organization in North America that represents the vital interests of stock archives of every size, from individual photographers to large corporations, who license images for commercial reproduction.



Chicago Image Expo 2014

We are returning to Chicago on April 24, 2014 with a one-day expo and program of sessions at The Ivy Room.

New York Expo 2014

The date for our next New York event, at the Altman Building, is Wednesday, October 22.


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Industry News

Bridgeman Studio Award 2014: Competition in association with Creative Review

To coincide with the debut of Bridgeman Studio, a new online platform representing contemporary artists, Bridgeman has launched the Bridgeman Studio Award 2014 in partnership with Creative Review.

Founder of The Bridgeman Art Library awarded CBE

The Bridgeman Art Library is proud to announce that its founder and Chairman, Harriet Bridgeman, has been appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for services to the arts.

Visual Connections New York 2013 ‘The Best in Years’

Already the world’s largest marketing event devoted to commercial licensing of visual media, Visual Connections New York drew more buyers and exhibitors this year than in 2012.

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