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Picture Researcher

Communications | London, United Kingdom | Contract

Job Description

Heatherwick Studio is looking for a talented picture researcher to join its Content & Communications team on a 6 month fixed term contract.

We are seeking someone with a drive for sourcing unusual and thought-provoking imagery for books, print and digital publications.

A proven track record of working creatively with under the radar image sources is essential, along with a thorough understanding of rights and licensing. A passion for visual storytelling is a must.


  • Source pictures, illustrations and graphics for the studio’s books, print, digital and video platforms.
  • Compile and edit imagery for internal and external use.
  • Assist studio stakeholders to find imagery for a series of themed books/journals/magazines around a range of subjects relating to the studio projects and values.
  • Maintain responsibility for the picture budget and fee negotiation and managing image rights.


  • Three years of experience expected.
  • Proven track record of sourcing pictures for a range of non-fiction publications across print and digital platforms.
  • Rights knowledge.

Skills and Attributes:

Essential skills

  • A keen eye for unusual pictures.
  • Knowledge of excellent picture sources outside of the big agencies.
  • Comprehensive understanding of licensing and copyright including layered copyright.
  • Ability to edit pictures for print and digital platforms.
  • Good knowledge of InDesign and Photoshop.
  • Proofing skills for images and repro.
  • Ability to upload and publish on content management systems.

Desirable Skills

  • Specific knowledge of sourcing images for design publications.
  • Ability to source and edit pictures that will perform well on social media.
  • Good relationships with photographers.