Nicolas's Pics

From Easter Island to Mandela's perseverance. Here are French Account Manager Nicolas' favourite pics and clips from the archive.





1. What is your role at Bridgeman?

As the Account Manager for the press sector in the Paris office, I am in charge of our editorial clients who represent probably between 100 and 200 clients in France, Belgium and French-speaking Switzerland.

I try to provide solutions for my clients on whatever they need. The range of duties is quite large, including picture research for their briefs, managing rights and clearances with the different collections we represent, drawing price agreement proposals, invoicing, etc..

As a I arrived recently in the team, I have not had the chance to attend tradeshows or photography festivals yet but I am looking forward to it.


2. What do you love most about your job?

Hmm, that’s a tricky question as I love what I am doing right now.

I came from the corporate and advertising branch of the industry. Even though the media is still quite new to me, I am having a lot of fun as there is always something to learn. My clients are great people to work with. If there’s one thing I love more than the rest that would be raising new clients’ awareness of our collections, content, and pricing, etc..




Nicolas Sawicki, Account Manager



3. What misconceptions do clients most commonly have about the archive?

Many clients are not aware that the images, photos and videos shown online are only a percentage of what we can offer. Indeed, just like fine tuning a car can take time and energy, our content also changes on a daily basis as we are always scanning images, adding new collections and partners. The acquisition of Rue des Archives a few years from now is a good example of this.

To make it simple, our content is a living entity.  If you want to look at what’s new "under the hood", please email or give us a call!


Nicolas’ favourite images and clips in the archive are...


CINEMA POSTER, c.1895 Lithograph poster advertising the first movie theater in Paris, France, Cinematographe Lumiere, c.1895.






My introduction to art came through cinema. As a young boy, I always liked to go to the movie theatre to watch a cartoon or fantasy film. Getting older, my selection widened to other categories like thrillers and more specifically horror movies. However my collection of 90’s movies (Willow, The Goonies, Beetlejuice, Roger Rabbit, etc) is still very precious to me..



Writing tablet with Rongorongo script, Rapa Nui.

As long as I can remember, I have always wanted to travel and discover new cultures.

Many years ago I watched Rapa Nui by Kevin Costner, which is a Romeo and Juliet movie inspired by Easter Island's ancient traditions. The fabulous landscape and mysterious statues stayed in my mind, and made be think "one day I’ll go there". That dream came true in 2011 and of all the destinations I have visited so far, that is the most impressive.


Writing tablet with Rongorongo script (or kohau rongo rongo), Rapa Nui National Park, Easter Island





    At Paris Town Hall, For 5Th Olympic Party : Around Prime Minister Jacques Chirac : First on the left: Patrice Martin.





Patrice Martin

The greatest of all time.. but probably one of the most unknown athletes of our era.

The French water skier Patrice Martin remains to this day the most awarded athlete of all time, in any sport.  As I practised water skiing for more than 10 years as youngster he was obviously a great role model for me, and a great example of combativeness and ambition.





I remember how fascinated I was the first time I saw a painted wall in New York 20 years ago.  Having now travelled to many different countries I have had the chance to become more familiar with graffiti, and have come to the conclusion that it has a very strong connection with primitive art. There are many walls to stare at in Paris, and the beauty is that they constantly change.

Graffiti on building walls along streets of Bronx, New York, United States of America


Japanese Bridegroom's Tattoos, c.1880 (photo)








The Tattoo

Tattooing is one the most primitive arts, but also a very modern one since tattoos have become extremely popular. To me each tattoo is unique - a way to engrave a character trait or a life event on your body, to assert who you are and remember it..



Neruda and Coloane

A few years ago I moved to Chile, a hundred meters from la Chascona - one of Pablo Neruda’s three houses (located in Bellavista).

Even though Francisco Coloane remains the best Chilean author,  I confess to being in love with Pablo Neruda’s eccentricity - like his strong belief that drinking in coloured glasses improves the taste of water, or that you should take a nap while having guests.


Francisco Coloane / Photo © Louis Monier
Pablo Neruda, 1964 (b/w photo) / Photo © Neil Libbert




Nelson Mandela is inaugurated as president of South Africa, 10th May 1994




Nelson Mandela

About 10 years ago I read Nelson Mandela's A Long Walk to Freedom  in a few days.

It was so inspiring to read how he changed during the time he was in jail but there was one detail that particularly struck me: his prison guards realized that he was writing this book and they took it from him. So he had to write it again, from scratch...

Nelson Mandela's 100 year birth anniversary is coming up in July.


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