Six degrees portraits, Steve Lake

Six degrees of seperation  refers to the idea that everybody in the world is only six connections away from everyone else. Fast Media Magazine is exploring this idea for the media licensing industry through a series of short portraits of those working in and around the industry


What’s your name?     

Steve Lake

Where do you work?         

4Corners Images 

What does the company do? 

Picture agency specialising in travel images

What is your job?           

Sales Manager

What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?

Sourcing, securing and selling the image of the French Concorde in flames during take-off at Charles de Gaulle airport – used on front cover of Mirror, Mail, Newsweek etc. – all done from a rented room with one phone and one computer, 6 months after starting up my own agency

If you could have any job you wanted, what would it be?

Commentator on Test Match Special 

What blogs or websites do you follow?       

Fast Media (of course), Paul Melcher , Bapla, Photo Archive News, UK Press Gazette 

What change would have the biggest positive impact on your line of business?

A return to exclusive representation of photographers throughout the RM industry

Work to live or live to work?           

Work to live

If you weren’t doing what you’re doing now, what would it be?

A fogeyish history lecturer in a provincial university

Marco | Editor

Editor at large and founder of a bunch of stockphoto businesses