Alamy – Not a Cosmetics Company

 Another in our ongoing conversations with folks in our industry. By Michael Masterson. Alan Capel has worked in the picture industry for over 25 years, first for Tony Stone, then joining Alamy shortly after its inception in 2000. As Head of Content he’s responsible for Alamy’s images and recruiting and managing its contributors. The site …


Stock Photo Sites from the POV of SEO

Recently, Jacky Chou, a digital marketing consultant and founder of Indexsy and Reputations.io reached out to share with us some of his struggles with sourcing great imagery and a few of his favs: It is difficult to create online content. Many will take a look at the job description and make the determination that it …


Education the DMLA Way

DMLA (Digital Media Licensing Association) has traditionally been seen as a trade organization for picture agencies and distributors. Important to note that for a few years now, their programming and offerings are becoming more and more inclusive of the entire visual communications community. Their annual conference in the fall (October 22–24) has expanded programming that …


A New Generation of Images – Picfair

Daily we hear of customers seeking imagery that is anything but ‘stock’. Picfair took the challenge to heart. Here is their unfolding story. Tell us about the genesis of Picfair and a bit about the background of the founders. Picfair was founded by former Guardian & New York Times journalist Benji Lanyado. He was continually …


From Across the Pond – Pictaday

by Julian Jackson Pictaday is a German expo similar to Visual Connections. It takes place every year, alternating between Hamburg and Munich. This year it was at the Panoramadeck on top of the Emporio Tower in Hamburg, with a fine view of the city and harbour on a grey day. I went along to meet …


Of Porridge and Pictures

Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Inverness – all these places have such an air of romance and beauty. Hard to imagine a lovelier premise for a photo library. Adam Elder saw both a need in the market and an opportunity; thus Scottish Viewpoint. How did Scottish Viewpoint come about? I worked as a photographer at a national newspaper …


PICHA – Do you speak Swahili?

Many thanks to Josiane Faubert, Founder and Managing Partner of PICHA-Stock for taking some time to talk with us about this important new offering to the stock photography world. Diversity and Authenticity – the need to have visual media accurately reflect the world has perhaps never been so urgent and necessary. Tell us about yourself …


Memory Lane with Vintage Stock Photos

In its section “Street Scenes”, stock photo agency Vintage Stock Photos features an intriguing image of titled “Native American Group on Float”; and it’s a classic representation of old-town Americana; with what appears to be a group of “Native American Indians” on a carnival float, complete with the legend “Heap Big Medicine Man.” Whether the …


Autograph Media

Autograph Media is a new photography licensing agency specializing in all aspects of race and cultural diversity. Based, physically, in the UK, their ever-growing collection covers a wide range of historic and contemporary subjects from the abolition of slavery through to the most influential people in music, film, sport, TV and youth culture. Autograph Media curated …


A Constellation of Images

How things have changed! This researcher remembers thick, well thumbed-through paper bound catalogs with grainy images of the earth from space with impossibly long identifying numbers that one would note, and then order(snail mail) copy negs from and wait…6,8,10 weeks to receive! NASA, as will surprise nobody, is great (no: change that: the best: because …