It's not just our photographers that are helping to capture the world through photography, there are thousands of people working hard behind the scenes across the world to bring these images to you.
In this 'Who We Are' series, we look at the many job roles at a photography agency from picture editors, to sales and marketing to art directors.
In our next installment, we get familiar with Senior Content Editor, Richard Newstead who is part of the UK Creative Team.
What does your job involve?
My job is quite diverse covering various aspects within the Creative area of our business.
My responsibilities involve working with our house photographers, looking after and inspiring our Contributor Communities using a one-to-many approach, managing our creative assignments group which includes our key Flickr photographers, supporting the business with anything new and technical, ideas generation for new workflows, brainstorming for new creative briefs, training and managing our 80 strong curator network who harvest our crowd sourced content, help with support for our new Moment App and Competition Platforms, house photographer, retoucher, production specialist, image fixer, interior/exterior design for Gi LDN and most recently a commercially licensed UAV pilot which will involve me shooting wholly owned and assignments based aerial stills and footage for Getty Images.
So a man of many talents it can be said! How did you get where you are today?
I studied photography for seven years before coming to Getty Images and have a BA in Photography and Digital Imaging and a PQE from the BIPP.
After graduating I had several photography exhibitions, won various photography awards and then luckily had job offers from a choice of photo agencies. I dismissed them all and applied to Getty Images on recommendation by my photography lecturer who was a contributor to Tony Stone.
15 years later I’m still at Getty Images learning more and more every day after spending four years in Production and the rest of my years in Creative.
Richard operating the octocopter to capture aerial stills.
What are you passionate about outside of your work life?
Producing music, listening to music, bass, vintage drum machines, digital sampling, sound design, rare unobtainable stuff, vinyl collecting, crate digging, DJ’ing, pirate radio, jungle, dub step, IDM, place-hacking, nature, hearing my music on the radio, tidiness, OCD’s, dancing with people I don’t know, collaborations, data, information, learning, new technology, experimenting with things I can’t do, flying, FPV, self confessed sneaker addict, architecture, cycling, bike building, problem solving, making things, family, talented people, gardening, dogs, giggling, horror movies from the 80’s, lasagna…
Who is your favourite photographer/favourite photograph?
Andreas Gursky has inspired me since the early 90’s. A true perfectionist. One of my favourite photographs of his is ‘Engadin II’.
What advice would you give your 12 year old self?
Take your 35mm film camera to all the raves you’re going to go to between 1990 - 1995 and document every warehouse, hangar, field and club you danced in. Publish a book of the work in 2007 as homage to the birth of UK rave culture.
What’s a favourite book of yours?
Norwegian Wood – Haruki Murakami
What’s the best thing about the city you live in?
Electronic music culture –London moves forward electronic sound like no other city in the world. Everyone else is always playing catch up.
What has been the highlight of your career so far?
Gaining my UAV pilots license with the Civil Aviation Authority has been the most recent highlight and a continuous feeling of pride when I see contributors I’ve worked with establish their photographic careers.
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