Stephen Johnson CEO

A potted history:
In 1984, after studying photography and film at Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham for 3 years, I moved to London and got a position at Tony Stone Images in the darkroom under the generous guidance of Matt Lambert.

At Tony Stone Images I developed an understanding of Stock Photography and in my own time produced images that sold well enough for me to leave the full time job and concentrate on making saleable images.

In 1990 Tony called me back to the company to help set up and run a creative digital imaging department.
Those were the very early days of digital (Photoshop was a toy in those days for playing with low res images) and it was during this period that I learned the trade and was able to pass on this knowledge to the new staff I took on as the department expanded.

In 1995 at great expense, I bought my own Silicon Graphics Barco Creator retouching system. In 1997 I moved to Norfolk to concentrate once again on my stock work.

After a few years Macs and PCs were speeding up enough to make Photoshop a practical proposition for working on repro sized images and this made it possible for more businesses to afford digital. I took the opportunity to develop a consultancy business to help out small specialist photo libraries, With the advent of good quality digital cameras I started to help photographers directly.

I incorporated the business into Copyrightimage Ltd in 2003

If you would like so see some more of my early film photography I have a personal website full of random images and thoughts:

Sue Flood – Special Projects Team Member

Sue Flood
Special Projects Team Member

Sue Flood, leading wildlife, location and travel photographer. She has travelled the world extensively, to all seven continents, and has spent long periods in the Polar regions, including at the North and South poles.

Sue is a teamwork member for special projects where a small trusted group is formed to tackle larger jobs.

I work with Sue on special commissions and projects for private clients who value our ability to deliver image collections including exhibition grade prints in a secure way and with full privacy.



Clive Nichols – Special Projects Team Member

Clive Nichols
Special Projects Team Member


Clive Nichols is a leading Garden and Interiors photographer. Clive is a teamwork member for special projects and private clients where he can provide a high quality photographic input.

I have worked in tandem with Clive for a number of large projects including work for NEXT flowers, The British Medial Association and a number of Private clients who require the delivery of perfectly shot and retouched images for their projects.

By working closely with Clive during the shoot I am able to provide the client or art director a live view feed from the camera and discuss directly any required retouching work that will be delivered shortly after the shoot.

Edward Leigh

Edward Leigh

Edward, of Excogitate Consultancy and Visual Connections, provides complementary services and backup support to Copyrightimage clients. Edward and Stephen worked together at Getty Images and have maintained a close working relationship since. Edward’s main areas of expertise are web development and online marketing, with a particular focus on image libraries.



Jennie Johnson

Jennie Johnson



Director and Company Secretary of Copyrightimage Ltd.

Jennie looks after the administration and smooth running of the company. She is on hand to handle queries when I am out of the office.