Personal Details




Nikos Kotsopoulos


London and South East


Magazines, Books, Multimedia


Architecture, Art, Music, General Stock / Royalty Free, History, In-House, Natural World, Travel, Geography & Culture

Work Experience

I have considerable experience working with a very wide range of visuals – from stock imagery, history of art and vintage book covers and records, to high-end fashion, architecture, landscape and nature photography. I am skilled in managing very demanding and variable workloads and have cleared copyright for thousands of images. Duties have included:

• Obtaining high-quality visuals from a variety of sources, including photographers, photography agencies, image libraries, Flickr, artists, galleries, museum archives and private collections.

• Contacting picture libraries and other sources outside the UK.

• Clearing copyright and organising captions and credits.

• Negotiating fees.

• Filing invoices and ensuring prompt payment.

• Basic image editing using Photoshop.

• Managing and working within agreed budgets.

• Working closely with publishers, designers, editors, creative
directors, writers, project managers and sales and
marketing teams.

• Securing images for promotional use (catalogues, leaflets,
social media, and other marketing material).

• Checking quality and resolution of images.

• Creating image databases.

• Reading manuscripts and devising own lists of images.

• Being given images of an unknown source; sourcing
photographer/artist and clearing all related copyright.

• Handling and scanning rare and archive material, including
transparencies; returning them to providers.

• Digital asset management.

• Creating visual moodboards for inspiration using InDesign.

• Checking image reproductions in proofs.

• Creating Excel spreadsheets, recording information such as
progress, delivery of files, credits and captions, fees and
other information.


British Council
British Fashion Council
Vinyl Factory
Venice Architecture Biennale
Black Dog Publishing
Spring Studios
Wellcome Collection


2015-the present PhD Philosophy/Art, Royal Holloway, University of London (part-time)

2004-2006 History of Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London

1998-2002 BA Honours Visual Theories (History of Art, Film and Design), University of East London, 2:1

Languages Spoken

• French (advanced)
• German (intermediate)
• Swedish (intermediate)

Other Skills

• Photoshop and InDesign.
• Excellent communication skills.
• Thorough grounding in visual culture.
• Proven record in working with both contemporary and rare or archive imagery.
• A sharp eye for good visuals.
• Experience in digital asset management.

Public Contact Details

Employment Details

Company Name

Nikolaos Kotsopoulos (sole trader)

Work Address

121b Brooke Road
N16 7RJ

Work Telephone


Current Status

Full Time Freelance

Employment History

December 2012-the present

I have worked as a freelance picture researcher continuously for the past five years, on various projects by The British Council, the British Fashion Council and Unilever, including a catalogue for the Venice Architecture Biennale. I have experience in curating visuals for both digital and print, and for a very wide range of material, such as exhibition catalogues, art surveys, as well as for magazine and creative agency/advertising use.

2007-2010 Editor and Picture Researcher, Black Dog Publishing

Black Dog is an independent publisher of illustrated books. I researched visual content for over twenty publications, including artist monographs, art surveys, exhibition catalogues, and for a series of publications by the Wellcome Collection.

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?


Do you have experience in returning pictures to sources?


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


Your C.V.


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