Dear Ashley Corr,
I'm an academic living in Durham, just about to publish a book based on interviews with families in the North-East around education and social mobility, with the publisher Sense. I've been searching for a relevant photo for the cover and came across your beautiful photo, called 'Guardian Angel' on the BBC Tyne website - under Northumbrian icons. Is there copyright on this photo? Will I be able to use it as a book cover? I preferred your image of the Angel of the North to any of the ones on the free photo databases because of the family in shot. It also captures the Angel at a great angle. Since my book is about family narratives of education in the north-east it will work really well I think.I'm happy to send you further details if you'd like and a mock-up of the cover when it's produced. I can also talk to the publisher about mentioning you as the photographer.
Let me know what you think.
Many thanks, Laura
Dr Laura Mazzoli Smith
Institute of Education
University of Warwick
After further correspondance with Laura, I then sent her my 'Guardian Angel' photograph, which was in turn forwarded to the publisher (Sense), who are now in the process of putting the whole project together. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on a copy, soon!
I'll keep you posted on any developments.