Amanda Russell Photography

Picture Research

I have eighteen years picture research experience, working for book publishers, photo-libraries and museum designers. My subject knowledge is immensely varied, with a special interest in photography, graphic design and history. 

If you want an ace picture researcher Amanda Russell is the best.
— Gyles Brandreth

Clients: Dorling Kindersley, Penguin, Harper Collins, Random House, Faber & Faber, National Maritime Museum, Harrisongs, Laurence King Publishing, Thames & Hudson, Oxford University Press, Rough Guides, Art World Magazine, The Redstone Press, Hodder & Stoughton, The National Trust Photo Library, Harry N Abrams, 3D Concepts



  • A commitment to best practice from research to reproduction. 
  • 18 years picture research and editing experience working from a specific brief or devising a list from text.   
  • An encyclopaedic knowledge of picture sources and how best to access them. 
  •  Image licensing, including photographic & artistic copyright via artists, their estates and recognised collecting bodies. Licensing for commercial use, obtaining model-releases and clearing publicity & property rights where necessary.
  • The assessment and setting of accurate research and reproduction budgets to suit a variety of projects and clients.
  • The negotiation of competitive fees across small or large-scale picture lists, balancing cost with creativity.
  • An up-to-date knowledge of picture editing and management software; Photoshop, Lightroom, Bridge, InDesign, ensuring image integrity and an efficient digital work-flow.