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Mary Evans Picture Library Celebrates its 50th Anniversary

logo_top     Mary Evans Picture Library, the UK’s leading source for historical images, is delighted to announce that 2014 marks its 50th anniversary. It seems appropriate that a picture library so synonymous with history has reached its own landmark half century, and we look forward to spending this year taking pride in the fifty, fabulous years spent supplying the best and widest range of historical images possible to our clients.

The Mary Evans ‘Golden Jubilee’ is also an opportunity to remember and celebrate the lives of Mary and Hilary Evans, who founded the library in 1964. Without their dedication and commitment to amassing their outstanding collection, the library would not exist today and it is testament to their vision that it remains one of the few remaining independents in the industry, drawing daily on that remarkable archive to fulfill requests from customers around the world.

So, to that end, the picture library is planning some very special events this year, including a series of open house parties actually at the library where guests can celebrate with staff while discovering the inner workings of the library and its fascinating collection. An anniversary book has also been produced which looks back over the past fifty years and includes personal anecdotes and little-known facts revealing a unique business like no other. Produced in a limited number, 50 Years of Mary Evans Picture Library will be exclusively given away at selected times and events through the year – it could even become a collectors’ item of the future!

If you are interested in going to one of the open days, and would like to be kept up to date with the Mary Evans anniversary year timetable, please email paul.brown@maryevans.com with ‘Open Day’ in the subject line. In the meantime, Mary Evans Picture Library would like to thank everyone who has been a part of their own fifty years of history and is already looking ahead to the next half century!

 

 

Styles in food photography: StockFood presents “Perfectly Imperfect”

StockFood is number one in the worldwide licensing market for professional food photography. For more than 30 years the Munich-based media service has offered an extensive portfolio of food images. Recognizing new trends in food photography is the heart of this highly specialized business. Now StockFood’s culinary trend scouts have once again identified a new style of food photography that will influence the market.  StockFood has named this new imagery, whose spontaneity describes the spirit of our times, “Perfectly Imperfect.” 

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“Perfectly Imperfect” characterizes food images that strike the viewer as spontaneous and unstaged. Instead of luxury kitchen accessories, the props arouse associations with student life and consist of everyday objects found in every kitchen. Sophisticated food is not presented on expensive china, but simply placed on parchment paper. Seemingly random half-eaten pieces of cake, used cutlery or an empty plate containing mere crumbs are captured in the image. Crumbs and food stains bridge the gap between creative culinary art and real life.

“Perfectly Imperfect” has its origins in the food blogger scene. Thousands of hobby cooks photograph their creative dishes hot off the stove and present them to fans on the web. The blogger scene focuses on the unbridled desire to experiment, taste, try and enjoy. Unlike the professional results produced by trained chefs, these images are spontaneous and reflect real life where accidents can happen. But they always demonstrate the pride and joy of cooking, baking and producing great food.

Authentic, natural and immediate – that’s the way the new style presents itself. Once the compulsion for perfection is overcome, what really counts comes into focus – the fun of experimentation, originality and pure passion. “Perfectly Imperfect” delivers the message: whatever I can do — you can too!

StockFood trend scouts identify and communicate new imagery styles long before they become main stream. In recent years StockFood has identified “Mystic Light” (2012) and “Passion Fruits” (2011) as new trends in food photography. But while they required elaborate food styling, “Perfectly Imperfect” radically departs from highly orchestrated images. It is uninhibited, playful and spontaneous. Professional food photographers have now discovered the possibilities of this new style, even though their casual-appearing images are very carefully planned.

StockFood president and CEO Pete A. Eising is a fan of “Perfectly Imperfect:” and states, “this new unconventional style is opposite of the high-gloss lifestyle that we know from advertising and the media. It is based on the element of surprise, which attracts the attention of oversaturated consumers.”

Experienced trend specialist Petra Thierry of StockFood‘s Photographers & Art Department is convinced “Perfectly Imperfect” will soon separate itself from the blogger scene. “Just think of all the new cook books and lifestyle media that use this kind of imagery to rouse the emotions of their readers. Perfectly styled food images will continue to dominate advertising, but in the editorial sector spontaneity and individuality are on the rise.”

StockFood presents its own new collection of “Perfectly Imperfect” images on its website

(http://usa.stockfood.com/perfectly-imperfect). In choosing these images, some of which stem from renowned food bloggers like Beatrice Peltre and Samantha Linsell, StockFood has applied its usual criterion, assuring that all images, regardless of the theme, meet the highest quality standards.

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SheStock is a female centric collection

Shestock is a female centric image collection created by professional women photographers. The collection is based on a simple concept – ask visual women to create imagery that is authentic to their lives and experiences. 

There is far too much simplistic and unkind imagery of women used in advertising. This imagery leads to a disconnect between marketers and the women they are trying to reach, and promotes unattainable cultural ‘norms.’

Our rights- managed collection launched this past August and we are grateful for the incredible reception we have received from photographers, buyers and the stock industry.  Shestock is dedicated to supporting our photographers not only in producing great stock, but in their careers as women image makers. We are equally dedicated to helping our buyers find just the right image.  All image queries are welcome. We will pull from our collection, circulate the image need amongst our photographers, and in some cases produce the image.  www.shestockimages.com

85 year old and 64 year old. ©Lisa Sciascia  38 year old Japanese American woman. © Jody Asano

young and older female construction workers at dam ©Stella Kalinina NC0000010 © Norma Cordova

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Portrait of Mom in Texas field full length ©Marcy Maloy  LB00009 ©Laura Barisonzi

Been Leaning In for Awhile

By Ellen Herbert, Neat Productions,  courtesy of Visual Connections Blog

Earlier this week, Getty and Leanin.org announced a partnership whereby Getty donates 10% of license fees to LeanIn.org from sales of this collection.

This got us thinking and we wondered about sources of imagery of women, so we compiled a list of resources that we know of and use. When looking for dynamic and diverse images of contemporary women, please remember these dynamite collections/agencies too:

SheStock
ImageSource
Monkeybusiness
Blend
Erickson Stock
Queerstock

By the way, most of these sources are partially/wholly owned by female entrepreneurs.

The stock industry has a history of female trailblazers who have been leaning in for generations: Ellen Boughn, Susan Turneau, Beate Chelette, Cathy Aron, Sonia Wasco, Jane Kinne, Danita Delimont, Lady Harriet Bridgeman and Sally Lloyd to name just a small handful.

Who are some of your favorite boutique sources?

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akg-images announces a new website and an exciting collaboration with Osprey Publishing

akg-images’ Managing Director David Price-Hughes says, “2014 is an important year for akg-images. Not only is our London office celebrating its twenty-year anniversary, but we have just launched a brand-new searchable website, completely redesigned to help clients find images faster and better than ever before, incorporated many of their suggestions our clients have made into the new site.

akg-images are also announcing a new partnership with Osprey Publishing, part of the Osprey Group. David Price-Hughes again:

“We’ve long been fans of Osprey Publishing’s military history titles and we’re proud to announce a new partnership with Osprey which makes many of the glorious illustrations inside their books available for licensing to our clients worldwide. We’ll be regularly adding new images from their roster of talented artists to our database and have started with a selection of ancient and medieval scenes chosen by our colleagues over at Osprey. The images, complete with the engaging and detailed caption information Osprey enthusiasts have come to expect, are available online now.”

Richard Sullivan, head of Osprey Publishing commented:

“The breadth and excellence of Osprey’s collection thousands of pieces of historical and military artwork is something that we are immensely proud of. Over the last 45 years we have had the opportunity to work with some fantastic artists and are extremely pleased that this valuable resource is being made available globally through this partnership with akg-images. The potential for ongoing co-operation and rapidly expanding the range and subject matter of the art they are holding on our behalf is phenomenal and we look forward to working with them for years to come.”

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AKG2485595 – Stirling Bridge – The Scots Attack the English Vanguard
From: “Stirling Bridge and Falkirk 1297-98” by Peter Armstrong, CAM 117
Credit line: © akg-images / Osprey Publishing / Stirling Bridge and Falkirk 1297-98 / Angus McBride

Vital Imagery Ltd. announces acquisition of Clipart.com and AnimationFactory.com.

Vital Imagery Ltd., a leader in the online graphics subscription services, announced today that it has acquired Clipart.com and AnimationFactory.com from Getty Images. These pioneering websites offer royalty-free clipart, 3D images and animations, photos, photo objects, Microsoft PowerPoint templates, fonts, as well as video backgrounds, e-mail and web page backgrounds for use in commercial and personal projects.

Clipart.com and AnimationFactory.com join iCLIPART.com, Schools.iCLIPART.com, iPHOTOS.com and AcclaimImages.com, to make Vital Imagery Ltd., the largest supplier of clipart and 3D animations world-wide, increasing the inventory from the current 8 million to over 21 million.

The acquisition of Clipart.com and AnimationFactory.com strengthens Vital Imagery’s leading position with wholly-owned image assets for its current and future customers. Company co-founder and CEO Charlie Hoy said, “These acquisitions enhance the diversity of Vital Imagery’s image components and affirm its leadership position in the world of royalty-free online image subscriptions.”

Hoy adds that the company intends to retain all brands, while melding the technology, content and expertise of each into VI’s quality service. “We guarantee this purchase will result in extraordinary benefits for our customers and we are excited for the future of our company.”

President and co-founder, Alison Hoy said, “As we welcome new clients, we want to stress our continued commitment to Vital Imagery’s subscribers and we will enhance these extensive collections for our clients. We look optimistically to the future, to the potential this brings for continued growth and development.”

Headquartered in Brussels, Ontario, Vital Imagery Ltd. is a leading international provider of royalty-free images for commercial and non-commercial use. Its content is sourced from artists and photographers from around the world, ensuring diversity and quality. Vital Imagery has partnered with Microsoft since 2010 and the Promotional Products Association International (PPAI) partners exclusively with iCLIPART.com. VI is a proud member of both PACA, the Digital Media Licensing Association; CEPIC, the Centre of the Picture Industry; Better Business Bureau and the Canadian Federation of Independent Businesses. Since 2008 the company has proudly donated a portion of every subscription it sells to help small businesses world-wide through Kiva.org. To date they have ‘given back’ to over 1,500 entrepreneurs. Early in 2010, Vital Imagery Ltd. launched its second subsidiary when iCLIPART For Schools became one of the resources offered by the Iowa Educators Consortium. Warner Bros., Nintendo, GM OnStar, ABC and CBS are among Vital Imagery’s many commercial customers.

 

Dreamstime Stock Photo Agency Acquires Their 20,000,000th Image, Adding 1Million Images per Month

Dreamstime, one of the leading stock photography and image sources in the world, recently announced they have acquired their 20,000,000th image (image number 21,000,000 should be on the site before Christmas). In a world of text, the right image will stop the eye and grab the attention of the reader. Dreamstime, one of the Top 500 most visited sites in the world, guarantees great images at low cost and no royalties. When the creative community needs an image to punch through reader indifference, Dreamstime provides that image.

One advantage of Dreamstime over other stock agencies comes from their sense of community. 7,000,000 registered users visit the site regularly, and 80 percent declare Dreamstime their primary image source. In addition, over 150,000 users upload their own images for sales, providing thousands of new images each and every day. This sense of community includes active forums where experienced designers and photographers discuss their art and craft to help bring new site visitors up to speed.

“Dreamstime began as an internal project for our web design company,” said Serban Enache, CEO of Dreamstime. “Stock images were so expensive, at $500 to $1,000 each, that they overwhelmed development budgets completely. That is why our images are often only a dollar or two, and come with no royalty demands.”  Now, Dreamstime reaches customers across devices – computers, tablets and mobile – and around the world.

Besides Dreamstime (www).dreamstime.com), users can also acquire images at corporate siblings Stock Free Images (www.stockfreeimages.com), or choose a new image for their Facebook Timeline banner photo (or Google+ or Twitter profiles) at Time Line Images (www.timelineimages.com).

In today’s world of multi-tasking and inattention, only images can stop the eye and focus the attention of the viewer. Combining the power of 20,000,000 images and an active community of creative people from all over the world makes Dreamstime the go-to image source for over 100,000 new users each month.

 

DisabilityImages.com is highlighted by DT Network

Disability Today Network Features article about Disability Images

“The Disability Today (DT) Network, www.disabilitytodaynetwork.com, is an online village like no other, the disability community’s first social media network. It is an ‘exposition’ of independently-hosted media channels under 15 different areas of special interest to people with disabilities, their families and friends and healthcare professionals.  It was developed by Disability Today Publishing Group, Inc., a community pioneer and leader for over 20 years for people with disabilities.

DT Network has featured a wonderful article about www.disabilityimages.com. It can be read in full here. It highlights “people with real disabilities and their lifestyle, emphasizing positive, empowered, accessible and adaptive activities. The collection offers high-quality, royalty-free images for licensing and publication. No models. No posers.”

Mark and Pat Hunt, founders of DisabilityImages.com say: “We are happy to be working with the DT Network, to promote the efforts made on behalf of people with disabilities.” Jeff Tiessen, Executive Producer of Disability Today Network states: “For publishers and marketers within the disability community, it is very important that the people we represent in our media truly do represent the disability community accurately and honestly. It matters a lot. But frankly, sourcing “real” lifestyle images of people with disabilities has been the bane of our existence. There has been a dearth of this kind of quality photography throughout our industry. You need not look far to see how many companies and organizations are using the same “non-disabled” stock photography of people with disabilities. Photography from Disability Images is a real difference-maker, and a statement on the worth or value of meaningful, valid inclusion.”

DisabilityImages.com is differentiated in that it depicts the daily activities of a community that is typically under-represented, presenting clear and evocative images of subjects that are frequently sought after in the publishing industry. All images are available in multiple high-resolution formats; are free of logo and trademark issues; come with full model and property releases, and show real people with genuine disabilities.

maXx images breaks the 19.5 million image mark with the launch of its new website

One of North America’s largest stock photography resources, www.maxximages.com, announces the launch of its new website, now offering over 19.5 million images, photo subscription, video, low budget images and celebrities. 

maXx Images Inc., a North American stock photography agency, announces the launch of its new website. The company has implemented a new contemporary look along with enhanced search and lightbox features. Plus it has increased its licensing options by now offering over 19.5 million images and video clips.

“We have been working hard over the past year to bring something exceptional to our clients,” said Dave Maquignaz, President of maXx Images, “and with the new user-friendly design and enhanced search features, full spectrum of licensing options, and over 19.5 million images and video clips, we think we’ve created a truly first class website that provides our clients with an exceptional visual resource.”

Offering the highest quality rights-managed, royalty-free, low budget royalty free and subscription based stock photos in both Canada and the U.S.A., maXx Images’ extensive stock photo collection provides high quality images and video clips for advertisers, graphic designers, publishers and multimedia producers worldwide.

Background information: maXx Images Inc., established in 1994, is a stock photography agency located in Vancouver, Canada. Working closely with our select group of professional photographers and strategic global partners, maXx Images represents over 19.5 million rights managed, royalty free, low budget royalty free and photo subscription images and video clips making us one of North America’s leading creative sources for imagery.

maXx Images Inc.
1433 Rupert St., Suite 3A
North Vancouver, British Columbia
Canada, V7J1G1
p. 604-985-2560
toll free. 1-888-511-3939
www.maxximages.com
info@maxximages.com

Design Pics Ramps Up for Growth with AgStock Images Acquisition

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DesignPics Inc., headquartered in Edmonton, Canada, announces the acquisition of AgStock Images, a California based photo agency specializing in agricultural photography. Founded in 1996 by Ed Young, AgstockImages.com is a comprehensive library of worldwide agricultural photography, representing over 115 leading agriculture, produce, livestock, entomology, botany and plant pathology photographers, including photographers who are also professors and researchers across the United States, Canada, Europe and South America.

Design Pics originally launched as a royalty free agency in 2001.  The company began its expansion into the rights managed marketplace by acquiring the Irish Image Collection in 2007, and developed its own RM Collections as well, in cooperation with its contributing photographers. The company has continued to expand through the acquisitions of First Light, Pacific Stock, Alaska Stock, Axiom Photographic and now AgStock Images.

Rick Carlson, President and founder of Design Pics states that: “In this challenging period of the stock photography industry, our clients and partners have welcomed our new additions, offering them a broader range of subjects available through our acquired collections. AgStock Images is an extremely unique collection, that contains imagery not available elsewhere.”

Ed Young, President and founder of AgStock Images adds: “The acquisition of AgStock Images by Design Pics is a natural fit for both agencies. In today’s market it is imperative for an agency to be able to respond to clients’ needs, with ever shorter project deadlines. Small agencies such as AgStock Images find it difficult to maintain a staff that can respond to these needs on a day-to-day and hour-by-hour basis. The acquisition of AgStock Images by Design Pics will provide the needed infrastructure and staff to meet these demands. I look forward to working with Rick Carlson and his entire staff as a consultant and plans to provide assistance with new incoming imagery.”

For additional information, please contact Laurie McCampbell, VP of Sales & Marketing, at laurie@designpics.com or 1-907-276-1343.