500px collaboration with Shestock gives female photographers new distribution channels for showcasing women-centric images of everyday life
500px, the premier photo community for discovering, sharing, buying and selling the highest quality photography, announced today a partnership with Shestock to diversify the stereotypical use of female images in stock photography. The collaboration opens up expanded visibility for Shestock’s unique portrayal of women in everyday life.
The images of everyday women are taken exclusively by Shestock’s female photographer base. The women-centric foundation helps equalize the representation of females in the photography industry.
“500px opens up new doors for the best talent across all photography segments,” said Evgeny Tchebotarev of 500px. “Female-centric images and women photographers previously have been under-represented in the creative world. Partnering with Shestock enables us to introduce authentic images of women that represent real life to the 50 million users in the 500px community.”
With the new partnership 500px and Shestock are bringing 130 new female photographers to the 500px community. The Shestock images in the 500px library include top photographers such as Diana Mulvihill, Barbara Peacock and Leah Fasten. The images include women in the workplace, with families, and in educational environments. The images can be viewed at 500px.com/shestock.
“We’re thrilled to work with 500px to breakdown stereotypes of women portrayed in typical stock photos,” said Karen Beard, Shestock founder. “The combination of the strong female-centric images from Shestock photographers with the engaged 500px community will help break down gender barriers across the photography, advertising and marketing industry.”
By: Pat Hunt, along with Mark Hunt, owners of DisabilityImages and Huntstock
Women’s issues continue to be in the news lately. Former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter, has written a book about women. Arianna Huffington has written a book for women. Hillary Clinton discusses women’s issues at a college. General Dynamics appoints a female President and COO. Getty Images continues to promote Sheryl Sandberg’s initiative with “Lean In.” Statistics continue to show that women hold a high percentage of jobs in the workforce, but still represent less than five percent of the Fortune 500 CEOs.
All of these issues highlight amazing developments of the era in which we live. As a woman of
the 60s, I remember being encouraged to attend college to get my “MRS” degree. I remember the available jobs being that of flight attendant, nurse and teacher. I remember the time before there was “no-fault” divorce, and the need to separate women’s credit ratings from their husband’s. I remember the controversy brought on by such names as Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem.
In spite of the long history of female empowerment and significant gains in the work place, I am still most impressed by the everyday accomplishments of women with disabilities. Women and girls of all ages may face barriers to equality, but women with disabilities can be more vulnerable and marginalized. Women with disabilities can be at greater risk of abuse and exploitation. They face greater barriers to social life. They experience more unequal hiring and promotion standards. Women with disabilities may face less physical access to health services. They may not have the ability to fully participate in cultural, political or economic initiatives. Their steps forward into a lifestyle and career may be fraught with more potholes than the average woman.
Yet, the women with disabilities that I have met on my life’s journey have been my greatest inspiration. I have enjoyed their positive spirit and goal setting. I have learned from their self-confidence and security with body image. I have been emboldened by their aggressiveness in job seeking and the demand for inclusiveness. I have been excited by their push to learn and be educated, to have families, and responsibilities, to participate in sports and command a presence. I continue to be inspired by the people I meet, but especially the women with disabilities.
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
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:
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.