Mai's Pics

From Degas to Paris fashion in the 1970's, here are our US Assistant Account Manager's favorites from the archive​​



What is your role at Bridgeman?

I am an Assistant Account Manager at our New York office. I look after our North and South American educational clients, such as university presses and scholarly academics. In addition, I also work with schools, students, and teachers who subscribe to our Bridgeman Education platform.


What do you love most about the job?

I love discovering new images each day and seeing the breadth of our collection. It is a joy to work with scholarly academics who are incredibly passionate about their projects and by helping them research and license images, I’m constantly exposed to images that I’ve never seen before. The most exciting project I worked on recently was when a professor whose book I read as an undergraduate Art History student contacted me to license images for her upcoming publication!

What misconceptions do clients most commonly have about the archive?

Often times clients think that we only specialize in historical and fine art images when in fact, our collection has grown to include footage, film stills, and photographs of famous celebrities and personalities. Bridgeman also represents many up-and-coming contemporary artists for copyright clearance. We also provide complimentary research services and our cataloguing team can often help clients track down images that aren’t currently in our online database.



Mai Pham, Assistant Account Manager


Waiting (L'attente), c.1882 (pastel on paper) , Edgar Degas (1834-1917) / Private Collection / De Agostini Picture Library



Waiting (L'attente), Edgar Degas

Degas is one of my favorite artists and I adore his ballet dancers. I’ve always been drawn to the melancholic nature of this image that lies in the lack of intimacy between two people who are so close to one another yet who share no signs of interaction. Moreover, Degas doesn’t depict the ballerina in an elegant manner onstage. Instead, she is bent over and nursing her ankle, which speaks to the extreme hardship of her profession and illustrates that life as a dancer is not as glamorous as it seems.



Psyche Revived by the Kiss of Cupid, Antonio Canova

I discovered this Canova statue during my first trip to Paris 8 years ago and was completely mesmerized by it. How Canova portrays such intense emotions in stone is beyond me. The sensuality conveyed by the gaze and the gestures of the figures is so palpable that it makes you feel as if you’re intruding in these lovers’ private moment. The handling of different textures - from the locks of Cupid’s hair to Psyche’s skin and the fabric draped over her legs - is astounding as well.


Psyche Revived by the Kiss of Cupid 1787-93 (marble), Antonio Canova (1757-1822) / Louvre, Paris, France


Beach Huts and Sketchbook, 2001 (oil on board), Leon Morrocco (b.1942) / Private Collection



Beach Huts and Sketchbook, Leon Morrocco

Leon Morrocco is one of our copyright artists whose paintings feature landscapes and scenes of everyday life from his travels. His colorful and vibrant paintings never fail to brighten up my mood!



Barefoot Dance In The Snow

Sometimes I do a random image search just to see what I can find and end up stumbling on gems like this vintage photograph! These are students of the Marion Morgan School of Dance performing barefoot in the snow at Central Park. It’s a stunning shot of the dancers in motion and how they managed to perform without freezing is beyond me!


Barefoot Dance In The Snow (b/w photo) / Underwood Archives/UIG


Inauguration of the Colonial Exhibition of 1931, from 'Le Pelerin', 24th May 1931 (color litho), A. R. Moritz (fl.1920s) / Private Collection / Archives Charmet




Inauguration of the Colonial Exhibition of 1931, A. R. Moritz

In 1931, France organized a colonial exhibition in the Bois de Vincennes, the largest public park on the eastern edge of Paris. Advertised as The Tour around the World in One Day”, the exhibition featured over 20 pavilions for each of France’s colonies. I wrote my undergraduate Art History seminar paper on the representation of Indochina at the 1931 Colonial Exhibition so it was exciting to see this image in our collection! This lithograph depicts the inauguration ceremony. Behind the procession is the partial reconstruction of the ancient Angkor Wat temple. It’s mind blowing to imagine the funds and manpower dedicated to staging such a spectacle and that such kinds of events were the norm less than a hundred years ago.




Clip: 1970s fashion in Paris, fashion shoot and catwalk

Clips like this (and old fashion plates) are so much fun to look at as they show what is trendy over history.


1970s fashion in Paris, fashion shoot and catwalk / Film Images



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