Corbis Portfolio Collections: Behind the Image

Posted on 9/23/2011 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)

Corbis Images (, has highlighted nine of its signature collections and described some of what went into the thinking when creating the collection. The imagery in these collections ranges from commercial images, to unforgettable moments in history to natural wonders and iconic celebrities.

In most cases they have focused on the work of one photographer to illustrate the concept for the collection, but the collections themselves contain imagery from a much wider range of contributors. The links to these Corbis Portfolio collections also reveal the stories behind the images from contributors and art directors. These stories highlight how a particular image was shot, the challenges, and the series of details required to capture the subject, preserve the mood or record that key moment in time. These behind-the-scenes stories from the eye of the photographer provide a new perspective for customers as they view and learn about these Portfolio collections.

"Each of our nine Portfolio collections has a distinct personality and purpose and empowers the creative community to solve any story telling need,” said John Cosley, Vice President of Marketing at Corbis. “Whether it’s shooting up-close images of an African elephant or having access to the hottest entertainment events and celebrity photo shoots, our contributors and art directors do whatever it takes to capture spectacular photography.”

Outline™: Candid, intimate and exclusive studio portraits of today’s most iconic celebrities.
Blink: Realistic and expressive images capturing today’s youth and their everyday experiences.

Crush: Conceptual photography using timeless props and backdrops.
Ivy:  Authentic shots showcasing people in everyday business and lifestyle situations.
Fancy: Stock compositions in contemporary, casual and elegant settings.

Terra: Up-close wildlife images captured from the most remote corners of the world.

Encyclopedia: Microscopic subjects are beautifully magnified turning science into art.

Latitude: Nature’s great wonders with strong conceptual dimension and aesthetic appeal.

Bettman Archive: Historical photo album with more than 11 million irreplaceable images of key world events, social and cultural moments.

To tour Corbis’ signature Portfolio collections visit For more information about all Corbis collections see our recent story on the update of the Corbis search engine.

Copyright © 2011 Jim Pickerell. The above article may not be copied, reproduced, excerpted or distributed in any manner without written permission from the author. All requests should be submitted to Selling Stock at 10319 Westlake Drive, Suite 162, Bethesda, MD 20817, phone 301-461-7627, e-mail: wvz@fpcubgbf.pbz

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