Yuri Arcurs Switches From Non-Exclusive To Exclusive

Posted on 6/4/2013 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (1)

Since he started producing microstock images in 2005 Yuri Arcurs, the world’s top selling microstock shooter with over 1,500,000 downloads from iStockphoto alone, has been a strong advocate of non-exclusive representation and not putting “all his eggs in one basket”. Recently he signed an exclusive deal with Getty Images.

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  • Shannon Fagan Posted Jun 8, 2013
    It's a very interesting update to the industry at large, particularly given the recent Sean Locke situation at iStockphoto which was not mentioned in the above article but is coinciding as important perhaps to the why/when of Yuri's position in that channel of distribution.

    Yuri was a outspoken advocate of the industry and his position in it circa-2008 when micro and premium seemed to be on a course to overlap with all photographers dipping into both sides.

    To date, 4-5 years later, these camps have remained fundamentally separated, more due to reasons of psychological and operational barriers of working methods of the agencies, than due to one side being better at one thing vs. another. Though these ego-driven arguments might exist, clearly the content in both sides, and the sales, are fundamentally adequate for comparison.

    We don't hear a lot of details of Yuri's operation these days. I miss learning more about how his camp operates day to day and where they are at logistically in the midst of declines in sales and continued metamorphosis of which agency is doing what . The entire industry has become quieter.

    I agree, I look forward to seeing how this experiment rolls forward in the coming months.

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