Personal Details




Erica Martin


London and South East




Animals & Wildlife, Architecture, Art, Cinema & TV, Music, Theatre, Celebrities / Portraits, Current Issues / Social Documentary / News, General Stock / Royalty Free, History, Industry & Commerce, In-House, Natural World, People & Culture / Lifestyle, Food & Drink, Science & Technology, Medicine, Sport, Transport, Travel, Geography & Culture

Work Experience

I’ve worked for 13 years as a picture researcher, 10 years of those at Oxford University Press in the Academic division working on print and electronic media (including illustration commissioning). Working as a Senior Picture Researcher I worked on art, history, law, religion, philosophy, science, medicine, nursing, dentistry, scholarly texts and popular trade titles such as Oxford World Classics novels and trade history titles such as Oxford Illustrated History of the Third Reich.
For 3 years I worked on children’s education picture books for pre-schoolers, KS1, 2 and 3 in the US and UK markets.
I have also worked freelance during this time working with museum and heritage clients.


Oxford University Press
Raintree (Harcourt Education)
Canal & River Trust
The Postal Museum
Roger Scruton
Torre Abbey
Newbery and England


BA Hons 2:2 – History of Art, Design, Film, Photography and Graphic Media at Manchester Metropolitan University 1999-2001.
A-Level History, Art History and English Literature – Cherwell School, Oxford 1998
GCSEs English Lit, Eng. Lang, Science double award, History, Art, Geography, Spanish, RE, Maths.

Other Skills

Footage Research – I attended FOCAL International Training Week, London 2015, and attended seminars and workshops with PA, IWM, Pinewood Studios, Ronald Grant, Getty and SKY News.

Illustration Commissioning and project managing – Maps, scientific diagrams, anatomical, creative and conceptual briefs.

Public Contact Details

Employment Details

Company Name

Erica Martin Picture Research

Work Address

70 Spareacre Lane
OX29 4NP

Work Telephone


Current Status

Part Time Freelance

Employment History

Oxford University Press, July 2007 – July 2017
Raintree (Harcourt Education), April 2004 – 2007
Part Time Freelance

Do you have experience in working from a prepared list of pictures required?


Do you have experience in devising own list of images from manuscript or synopsis?


Do you have experience in visiting commercial agencies to make own selection?


Do you have experience in visiting museums / libraries to make own selection?


Do you have experience in obtaining pictures from private collectors?


Do you have experience in obtaining pictures from individual photographers?


Do you have experience in obtaining pictures from outside the UK?


Do you have experience in commissioning photography?


Do you have experience in commissioning other researchers?


Do you have experience in negotiating reproduction fees?


Do you have experience in devising budget for book / project?


Do you have experience in responsibility for keeping project within budget?


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Do you have experience in using digital pictures / picture sources?


Your C.V.

Erica Martin
Address: 70 Spareacre Lane, Eynsham, Witney, Oxon, OX29 4NP
Tel: 07776 141480


Part Time Senior Picture Researcher (formerly Art Editor) at Oxford University Press, Academic Division
July 2007 – July 2017
Responsibilities include:
· Stills; audio and footage research
· Commissioning photography
· Commissioning illustrations, animation, maps and diagrams
· Clearing copyright, negotiating fees, setting and maintaining budgets
· Providing and reporting on costs
· Ensuring delivery on time and within budget
· Monitoring and advising on image quality
· Project managing and tracking on excel
· Proof checking
· Full knowledge of copyright law
· Managing freelance picture researchers and illustrators/agencies

Picture Research Team Leader, OUP
(Maternity cover) June 2012 – March 2013
Responsibilities include (in addition to the above):
· Reporting to the Creative Director
· Managing a team of 2 full time picture researchers
· Negotiating global fees directly with suppliers
· Responsibility for the picture research budgets
· Appraisals
· Delegating all work through the department
· Proficient on Mac and PC as well as MS. Office and experience of Adobe Creative Suite
· Research for US and UK digital market

Freelance projects clients include:
The Postal Museum, London
Roger Scruton, author
Torre Abbey, for Newbery & England
The Canal and River Trust

Picture Researcher: Harcourt Education – April 2005 – August 2007
Commissioning and directing photoshoots
Commissioning artists
Picture Research
Proof checking

Asst. Picture Researcher: Harcourt Education – April 2004 – April 2005
Human Resources Assistant: NHS – May 2003 – April 2004
PT Front of House Assistant: Modern Art Oxford – April 2001 – 2004


FOCAL International (Federation of Commercial Audio Visual Libraries) Annual Footage Training Week, 21st-25th September 2015: London. A week long course designed for researchers who need to know how to expand their knowledge and appreciation of the world of footage archives, their systems and uses.


Manchester Metropolitan University
(BA Hons: History of Art and Design with Practise) 1998–2001
Class 2.2 degree covering the history of 15C-21C Art, Photography, Film & Graphic Media.
Work placement at Pallant House Art Gallery, Chichester. 2000.

Cherwell Sixth Form and Oxford College of Further Education
A-Levels 1996–1998
· English Literature (C)
· History of Art (D)
· History (E)

Chichester High School for Girls
GCSE’s 1991–1996
English Literature, History, Art, Science, Geography, English Lang, Spanish, Religious Education, Maths


Play netball competitively in the Oxfordshire Netball league for Eynsham Netball Team
Voluntary marketing assistant and committee member for Acre End Preschool, Eynsham.
Art Representative for Cumnor CofE Primary School


I have read and agree to abide by the rules and code of conduct of the Picture Research Association?