What About Corbis?

Posted on 6/10/2014 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (3)

Every once in a while someone asks me if Corbis is a place to put their images?

Corbis has a nice looking website and I assume they are still making a reasonable number of sales, but I never hear much about them. Photographers never tell me they are happy with Corbis sales, either in volume or price.

It is my understanding that at the end of May there was a layoff of the entire New York editorial sales staff. I have been unable to confirm this or get any explanation as to why such a reduction in a major editorial market might have been deemed advisable. Steve Spelman who was part of that team, and also incoming PACA president, has resigned his PACA position because he is no longer working at Corbis.

I was unable to attend the CEPIC International Congress of stock photo distributors that was held last week in Berlin, but I asked some of the attendees to report back if they heard any discussion of the Corbis action or why.
One of my sources reported back that he tried to get some information from other agents whose images are represented by Corbis, but “it seems nobody knew anything and even worse, nobody cared.”

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