Picture editor

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A picture editor, sometimes known as a photo editor, is a professional who collects, reviews, and chooses photographs and/or illustrations for publication in alignment with preset guidelines. Publications include, but are not limited to, websites, books, magazines, newspapers, art galleries, museum catalogs, and corporate products, such as catalogs and annual reports. In choosing photographs and illustrations, picture editors take into account their publication’s standards, needs, and budget.[1]

Tasks and skills[edit]

A picture editor is able to organize a photo shooting or send a photographer on assignment. He/she has a thorough knowledge of all types of images - photographs, drawings, cartoons, etc. but also needs to be familiar with moving images (videos).[2] A photo editor knows how to find the most relevant image to suit the content he has to illustrate. He or she manages copyrights and keep a budget.

Sometimes photo editors are in charge of an image data base ; they are called photo librarians.[3]

How the job is changing[edit]

New technologies and the omnipresence of images nowadays have drastically changed the way picture editors work. [1] They do their research mostly on the Internet, and have to browse a never-ending flow of images.[4]

There are professional picture editors organizations, such as ANI in France or Picture Research Association in the UK.


  1. ^ a b "Picture Research Association - London". Picture Research Association (PrA). Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  2. ^ "What Do I Need to Know to Be a Picture Editor?". Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  3. ^ "English | Oxford Dictionaries". Oxford Dictionaries | English. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  4. ^ Heyman, Stephen (2015-07-29). "Photos, Photos Everywhere". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-01-17.