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Meet the team
Zooid's team of researchers came to picture research from a variety of different backgrounds, but we all have two things in common: an appreciation of the still or moving image, and an insatiable curiosity and love of learning new things - essential in a job where we may be asked to find an animation of a catalytic converter one day, and an obscure 12th century manuscript the next
(and we can work in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Afrikaans, Hind and some Swedish)
Shalini Gupta, Senior Media Researcher
Graduated with a BA in Sociology and recently finished a Masters in Photojournalism from the University of Westminster.
With love for different styles across commercial and travel to documentary photography and their social significance, a rewarding exposure of working closely with one of India's leading photographers, presence at a couple of international group exhibitions and an all-round will to learn and deliver, Shalini joined Zooid as a Media Researcher in 2010.
Michael Heap, Ambassador
Michael joined Zooid after working in the newsroom at Al Jazeera English, the BBC and the Discovery Channel. His career to date has mostly been in TV but is excited to work with Zooid to expand our unique business opportunities.
MIchael is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Management and an MBA Graduate.
He also knows a thing or two about video art and traditional Japanese print making!
Judith Kendall, Media Researcher
Judith is a recent graduate from the London College of Fashion with a BA in Fashion photography, her photographic work has been exhibited at The Richard Young Gallery and been published in magazines like Open Lab, with further editorials in preparation for other publications.
Prior to university Judith studied History and German, and spent her gap year teaching French in a primary school.
She has a wide range of interests spanning from photography and the arts to languages and cultural studies, specifically gender and subcultural studies.
Cristina Lombardo, Footage Editor; Rights Manager
With an MA in Linguistics from the Catholic University in Milan, an MA in Editorial Translation from the Marc Bloch Université in Strasbourg, one year as a lecturer in Linguistics at the Albert-Ludwig-Universität in Freiburg and a postgrad in Art History at UCL, Cristina is the language specialist at Zooid. Before joining the company in 2007, she was working as commissioning editor and foreign rights executive for an art publisher in Milan, and she continues to freelance as an editor and translator for major publishers in Italy.
Cristina plays a vital role in client relations and her language skills ensure smooth supply across cultural divides.
Cristina has particular responsibility for museum and cultural sector clients and studied Intellectual Property as part of a Certificate in Higher Education in Legal Studies at Birkbeck College and will now undertake a Master in Law (Intellectual Property).
She enjoys working at Zooid for the great variety of projects and subjects that make it to her desk, and really enjoys the continuous opportunity to interact with real people that this job offers -- plus, her colleagues are great fun!
Zooid gets client feedback like "She really is fantastic!" (but we doin't let it go to her head)
Stephanie Alden, Media Researcher
Stephanie graduated with a BA in Set Design for Stage and Screen from Wimbledon College of Art in 2007 and has just completed an Open University Course, where she studied the art of the Renaissance.
With a love of all things arty, as well as a fantastic visual sense she hopes to harness her creative skills and develop a rewarding career at Zooid.
Richard Philpott, Managing Director
Richard studied Fine Art at Oxford (1973-76) and has also remained active in painting, environmental sculpture, photography, film and television industries since 1976.
Author of a biographical study of the work of Vincent van Gogh, numerous articles on the (technological) history of cinema and has contributed occasional chapters and editorial research to a number of books.
Prior to founding Zooid in 1984, worked as Head of the Picture Library at Camera Press, then freelance picture researcher for newspapers, magazines, film, television, exhibitions, multimedia, calendars, presentations and advertising, but his principal work has remained in educational publishing, photography and film.
Victor Philpott, Media Wizzard
Although still in school, Victor joins us from time to time, to make sure that Zooid remains at the cutting edge and keep us on our toes!
He also produces the exceptional Blog de Luxe
Sara Toso, Trainee Media Administrator
Sara graduated with a BA in Visual and Performing Arts from IUAV University of Architecture in Venice, Italy. She recently completed a MA in Visual Culture and Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmiths, University of London.
She has an interest in women's studies, in particular women visual artists past and present; amongst other volunteering projects, she has collaborated with art libraries in this sector.
Sara recently completed an internship at the British Museum Images and is a prolific reader of graphic novels and comics.
Having joined Zooid in October 2012, Sara is looking forward to becoming an expert media researcher!