This week The Press Photo History Project has helped the production team of a Terence Rattigan documentary on BBC Four find the correct copyright holders for archive photos they wanted to use in the programme.
Laura a researcher on the documentary emailed us after google search for London News Agency Ltd – she wanted to use the image in the upcoming programme and was trying to clear the copyright. We were able to help (Corbis/Getty PA and Topfoto hold the collection between them) – Laura then set us to work on the other images she needed to clear:
Central Press Photos Ltd
London Express Pictures
P.I.C Photos Ltd
Paul Tanqueray Estate
If you own the rights to P.I.C Photos or know who owns it please contact us
Update: June 14th 2011: “I worked at London express news and picture services from 1960 to 1962 and it was indeed the syndication department for daily and sunday express. not much help i know but was confirming chris’ remark.” Mike Conway.
UPDATE 31 March: this in from Glen at UK photo agency Rex Features: “We own copright to PIC Photos (Harry Myers) so assuming P.I.C. Photos Ltd”
UPDATE 2 April: this in from Chris at News Int: “London Express Newspapers Ltd was the corporate and from memory London Express Pictures was the Syndication arm of the company.”