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Posted on 6/22/2006 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)



June 22, 2006

Getty Showcasing New Photographers

Getty Images, Inc. is presenting "New Photographers 2007" at a seminar during the 53rd annual Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival. This initiative showcases the work of 35 photographers who are destined to make a significant impact in the world of advertising next year.

With input from art directors and industry peers around the globe, Getty Images selected photographers from a variety of backgrounds. Some are local stars meriting a larger stage; some have achieved success on the editorial

side but employ techniques that could also enliven advertising; and others are just plain provocative.

As broadly as the photographers' styles vary, a common thread linking their work is the marriage of authenticity and surrealism. As explained by Getty Images SVP and Group Creative Director Lewis Blackwell, "To celebrate the
truth of what we experience, photography needs to capture events with accuracy but also engage the imagination. There is a generation of imagemakers at work who understand that symbolism is every bit as 'real' a quality to work with as flat documentary."

Getty Images enlisted renowned photographer, publisher and film director Rankin as a guest speaker during the Cannes seminar. Perhaps best known for his work on the Dove "Real Beauty" campaign, Rankin will offer valuable insight into the benefit of taking risks in advertising photography.

"Like me, some of this year's participants come from an editorial background, but are in a position to carve out a niche in the creative photography arena," said Rankin. "These photographers will be pivotal in defining key advertising industry trends in the future."

Following the successful debut of the "New Photographers" program at Cannes
last year, its return as an annual initiative demonstrates Getty Images'
enduring commitment to the evolution of photography. The complete list of featured photographers is below.

Matt Nighswander, Chicago, USA (
Livia Corona, New York, USA
Nicholas Prior, New York, USA
Alex Tehrani, New York, USA
Ofer Wolberger, New York, USA
Peter Funch, New York, USA
Baerbel Schmidt, New York, USA
Phillip Toledano, New York, USA
Bela Borsodi, New York, USA
Simon Lekias, New York, USA/Sydney, Australia
David Ellis, London, UK
Joe Lacey, London, UK
Holger Pooten, London, UK
Timur Celikdag, London, UK
Dean Chalkley, London, UK
Emma Summerton, London, UK
Annie Collinge, London, UK
Jose Pedro Cortes, London, UK/Lisbon, Portugal
Txema Yeste, Barcelona, Spain
Nienke Klunder, Barcelona, Spain
Popel Coumou, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Koen Hauser, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Martin Wolf Wagner, Grafenau, Germany
Sonja Mueller, Berlin, Germany
Karel Kuehne, Berlin, Germany/Paris, France
Felix Larher, Paris, France
Stratis & Beva, Paris, France
Milo Keller & Julien Gallico, Paris, France/Lausanne, Switzerland
Daniel Grizelj, Gothenburg, Sweden
Giovanni del Brenna, Milan, Italy
Ricardo Barcellos, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Felipe Hellmeister, Sao Paolo, Brazil
Zoren Gold + Minori , Tokyo, Japan
Cao Fei, Guangzhou, China
Danwen Xing, Beijing, China

Alamy Adds Metadata To Digital Image Files

Alamy has announced that all digital images downloaded from its website now include embedded metadata. (

This will aid stock photography buyers, making it easy to re-license and re-use images quickly and effectively. Photographers and illustrators will also benefit as lost licensing information is one of the primary reasons that image buyers inadvertently exceed contractual usage limitations.

"Many image users face the difficult job of tracking images they have licensed" said Alamy CEO James West. "It can be an enormous task, especially for busy picture desks that use lots of imagery."

"Even when buyers are extremely diligent about organizing this information, it can get lost through equipment failure or changes to company structures. The only way to ensure that the information is never lost is to keep it with the image itself. Several of our customers have asked for this and we have even been told by one publisher that they will give preference to those supplying such information. So we are happy to announce that all images on Alamy are now embedded with the information they require."

Alamy is one of the first stock distributors to make use of the IPTC XMP specification. Though basic IPTC metadata was introduced about a decade ago, Alamy uses the emerging IPTC XMP specification to extend the data embedded to include purchasing and licensing information.

Corbis Launches Corbis Outline@Home

Corbis has launched Corbis Outline@Home, an extension of Corbis Outline which boasts a large collection of celebrity portraiture. Adding Outline@Home gives Corbis an unmatched collection and unparalleled access to the homes and lives of celebrities.

Also included in the collection are the homes of Madonna, Julianne Moore, Teri Hatcher, Carolina Herrera, Betsey Johnson, Oscar de La Renta, Naomi Campbell and Lenny Kravitz. Top-tier interior photographers such as Tim Street-Porter, Oberto Gili and Fernando Bengoechea teamed up with well-known Corbis Outline photographers such as Art Streiber and Dale Berman to present this collection of images capturing the lives of celebrities and their homes.

Take a look at the Corbis website displaying some of the Outline@Home images at
(www. )

Pacific Stock Releases New "Wiki Shots" RF Collection

Pacific Stock launched its new Royalty Free brand, "Wiki Shots." This collection offers the same superior quality "niche" imagery with a tropical flair.

Each individual offering of approximately 50 images is available as single image downloads as well as virtual CD's. Subjects include Hawaiian Design Elements featuring hula dolls, pineapples, and a variety of Hawaiian implements as well as swaying palm trees, tropical skies, alluring beaches and colorful Hawaiian flowers. The new Wiki Shots collection made its official debut at the HOW Design Conference in Las Vegas where Pacific Stock sponsored a booth.

ASMP & AIA Release New Guidelines for Commissioning Architectural Images

At the 2006 Convention of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) will distribute bound copies of "Commissioning Architectural Photography," a compendium of Best
Practice documents that has been jointly published by AIA and ASMP. The documents are part of the AIA Best Practice library, which covers professional standards and advice across the whole spectrum of architectural practice. The library's contents are offered to AIA's 50,000 members, to contractors and allied trades, and to the public.

"Commissioning Architectural Photography" is freely available on the ASMP Web site at (www. )

Subjects include:
* Selecting a Professional Photographer
* Understanding the Estimate for a Photographic Assignment
* Controlling the cost of a Photography Assignment
* Preparing for Professional Photography: A Checklist
* Licensing Photographs for Publication
* Sharing the Photographic Assignment: A Case Study

Architectural photographer and former ASMP president Susan Carr calls it "An outstanding resource for architects and photographers alike. We all win when we are working from the same page...our new road map!" These documents are useful to all
photographers in their effort to help clients better understand the process of working with an assignment photographer. The individual Best Practice documents can be found on the AIA Web site: (

MaXx Images Announces AGE Fotostock Representation

MaXx Images Inc. announces their North American representation of AGE Fotostock, Spain. Started 32 years ago, AGE Fotostock is a leading independent producer and distributor of stock photography specializing in rights managed imagery oriented to the advertising, editorial and business-to-business markets. Their material covers a broad subject matter including people, lifestyle, business, industry, technology, medical, nature and wildlife.

"We are extremely proud to bring AGE Fotostock's rights managed images to our clients" confirms Dave Maquignaz, President of MaXx Images, "AGE Fotostock has been a major player in the global stock photography market for years and has established an excellent reputation for providing high end, contemporary images. Our clients will benefit from this agreement immediately as we've just added 350,000 images of exceptional quality to our website."

Sylvie Cherian, Director of International Operations at age fotostock, further added: "Nowadays, successful cooperation's are built upon solid technological ground, and expertise in conducting effective marketing and communication actions. We've been impressed with maXx images' knowledge not only of the industry, but of conducting business in an internet economy."

Copyright © 2006 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

Jim Pickerell is founder of, an online newsletter that publishes daily. He is also available for personal telephone consultations on pricing and other matters related to stock photography. He occasionally acts as an expert witness on matters related to stock photography. For his current curriculum vitae go to:  


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