MA Cultural Geography
Place of Work: Getty Images
What does your current position involve?
I research the Getty Images archive (post 2000) of Stills, Music and Footage for Corporate, Agency and Editorial clients. I interpret briefs sent in by clients. The selections I make can be viewed in mags, daily newspapers, adverts or even books.
I love the creative opportunities with the work that I do. Being able to select images, or music, for a client and seeing the end result in wider society. No two days are the same and I never know what a client is going to request.
How did you come to get that position?
My Masters dissertation focussed on the production, circulation and consumption of images in picture libraries. I did my research at the Royal Collection and Royal Images. At this point I decided I wanted to focus my career in becoming a picture researcher. On leaving Uni I managed to secure an internship at Bridgeman Art Library. Coinciding with this work I decided to complete a 10 week picture research course at Central Saint Martins. I would say that all of this finally lead me to securing a permanent with Getty Images. I have to say that also the foundation of this really did start my degree in Geography at Royal Holloway.
How do you think your degree has helped?
The MA degree, and in particular the dissertation, kick started my path to where I am now. Geography gave me the numerous skills to enable me to take this career path.
Do you have any advice for current students?
My advice would be to apply for internships/work experience over the summers during your degree. Whether they be related or not the experience is invaluable and also helps your confidence of doing research with people. Secondly I would highly recommend focussing your essays and dissertation (at whatever level) on a field that you are passionate about – for me that was photography, so all my MA essays focussed on the camera, photography, photographs and geography.