Curated Collections: The Future

Posted on 2/12/2016 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (3)

Increasing numbers of stock photo buyers seem to be deciding that ever larger collections of images are not for them. At least as a first stop. The big question is finding an alternative since most of the better known sites – both microstock and traditional – are racing to add more images.

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  • Bob Zentmaier Posted Feb 12, 2016
    Hi Jim: I hope you know about and its parent company , Photo Researchers Inc. We have been licensing images to editorial and commercial buyers since 1957!
    In 1981, we began specializing in photography and illustration from all fields of the natural, physical and life sciences. Our highly curated collections of medical , science, and nature photography and illustrations are meticulously edited and captioned by our staff who has a combined expertise of over 80 years in the field.
    Corbis contributors, especially those specializing in the sciences, would find a happy home at ScienceSource! We continue to work on a 50/50% basis for exclusive contracts and 60/40 for non-exclusive. Please add our site to your roster of possible agents to seek out in the storm!
    Bug Sutton
    Creative Director

  • Richard Gardette Posted Feb 15, 2016
    "Increasingly, customers that can’t quickly find what they want in a curated collection are simply using the time they would have spent on research to shoot what they need themselves".
    Jim, are you serious ?

  • PAt Kane Posted Mar 1, 2016
    jim is dead serious. Our son is Manager of Digital Media for a division of a huge Fortune 100 company and has on occasion produced his own images with hired talent. Of course growing up with a full-fledged photo studio, a photographer father, a producer mother and a full-time staff in your house prepared him for the challenge. Just a few weeks ago he was looking for a key image of a preschool-aged girl on a swing lost in delight with her head back and her hair flying. I helped him search and the choices were boring, without emotion and generally un-artful. He has to shoot it!

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