Stock Agency News

Posted on 9/18/1998 by Jim Pickerell | Printable Version | Comments (0)



September 18, 1998

Index Stock's latest acquisition is PhotoBank,
, an Irvine, CA stock agency. Leisa Johnson and Kristi
Bressert, co-owners of PhotoBank will continue to manage the Irvine

office and take on additional business development duties for

The PhotoBank file has specialties in Food, Mature Adults, Exotic
Automobiles and World Travel. PhotoBank is also providing content
to three royalty free CD developers.

FPG International and The Image Bank have established "branded
stores" on Picture Network International's new Picture Quest site.
You can review these collections and all PNI's other collections at

FPG has told their photographers that PNI will be negotiating the
sales and that PNI will receive 25% of the fees collected. FPG
will split the remaining fee with the photographer giving the
photographer 37.5% of the gross sales.

Planet Earth Pictures , a nature and wildlife agency headquarted in
London, and a division of the Visual Communications Group is
circulationg an addendum to their photographer's contracts to
obtain permission to license the photographer's images on a web

Under the terms of the contract, "The Photographer shall be
entitled to receive from PEP a Royalty being 25% of the Gross
Licensing Price of a Web Image...."

The Monkmeyer agency has been purchased by
Anita Duncan. Sheila Sheridan, the former owner, is moving to a
new career in the physical fitness field. Duncan has been director
of Editorial Marketing and Permissions at Photo Researchers since
1988. Monkmeyer will remain at its current address in New York
City and plans to have a website up an running in early 1999.

Archive Films/Archive Photos has announced the
appointments of John McQuaid as Vice President of Sales and James
Wood as Director of Marketing. McQuaid comes to Archive from
Comstock where he was Director of Marketing and Sales. Prior to
joining Archive, Mr. Wood held the position of Manager, Video
Programming at Columbia House.

The Wildlife Collection has relocated to: 166 West Park Avenue, 2nd
Floor, Long Beach, NY 11561, 800-373-5151 or 516-342-8000. Email:

Stage Image claims to be the first stock agency in the U.S. to
specialize in the performing arts. Owner Ron Scherl has more than
25 years experience in performing arts photography and agency
sales. Coverage includes opera, theater and music as well as
writers, composers, painters and sculptors. The address is: 664 A
Greenwich Street, San Francisco, CA 94133, phone: 415-398-9879.


USA Today Weekend has 22 million in circulation and charges advertisers
$411,280 per page. However, when it comes to paying for stock images
they tell stock agencies that their "standard rates" are $175 for a
postage stamp size use and $200 for a 1/2 page use. Are the agencies
accepting this? Are photographers accepting this? Is it any
wonder that many photographers are having trouble making a living?

Copyright © 1998 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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