Paula Gillen Work Bio

Paula Gillen started working as a photo editor and photo researcher in 1987 for highly regarded publications in NYC. Over the next 20 years, she worked on contract for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, People, Businessweek, Art News, Time and Time Inc Custom Publishing and McGraw-Hill Children’s textbooks. 

With over 25 years of experience locating and licensing images for magazines, books, video, web, museum, zoo, and national park exhibits - there is no topic that Paula Gillen hasn't tackled illustrating. She has proven herself to be a resourceful and creative photo researcher who is self-motivated, efficient and affordable. 

In 2008 Paula moved to Boulder, CO. Recent clients include Headwaters magazine, the Center for Civic Education, book publishers - Findhorn Press, Oxmoor House Books, and Penguin/Random House. In 2014 Travel and hired her to locate and license travel images for a year long advertorial project for Chico's clothing. In 2012, Cortina Productions hired her to locate images of Colorado judicial milestones for an interactive video display in Denver. She has worked for the exhibit designers: Studio Tectonic and ECOS Communications since 2009 to license images for museums, zoo, national park and corporate display.  

Paula has helped clients edit and sequence bodies of work (photographs) for gallery exhibit, photo books, and portfolio presentation. She has designed and photo edited photography books, photo heavy memoirs, children’s books, and teaching materials.  

Skills: Photo licensing and copyright clearance, hiring photographers, caption and image optimization for the web, color correction, photo retouching.  

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