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Food image agency StockFood is now part of Hubert Burda Media

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Munich, June 16th, 2016. Munich-based StockFood GmbH is now part of Hubert Burda Media´s network. StockFood is one of Germany’s most respected photo agencies. As market leader, it carries works by more than 1,000 food photographers from around the world. StockFood will retain its current workforce and its independence as a company. Hubert Burda Media is one of Germany´s largest media companies and market leader in food media.

Hubert Burda Media is acquiring StockFood, the global market leader in food photography. The agency offers the world’s most comprehensive collection of food images to professional partners in the media, marketing and advertising industries. In addition to the best work of more than 1,000 prize-winning food photographers, the agency’s range of products also extends to videos, features (images and text) and recipes in many different languages. StockFood will become part of the BurdaHome division where Burda has pooled all its journalistic offerings relating to food and living.

StockFood will remain an independent company based in Munich, and nothing will change to its existing relations to customers in more than 120 countries worldwide. Managing Director Martin Skultety is staying on at the helm. Pete Eising, the company’s founder and hitherto largest shareholder, is leaving the agency after more than three decades. He plans to concentrate on his successful Eising Studio which will continue to photograph first-class image productions for StockFood on an exclusive basis.

StockFood will remain an independent provider in the image market while gaining a sustainable boost from its new partnership. In return, Burda’s own food brands will profit from StockFood’s investments and innovations to the same extent as all the agency’s other clients.

Frank-Jörg Ohlhorst, Managing Director of BurdaHome: Our strong food brands have made us the market leader in Germany. StockFood enables us to extend our vertical food portfolio and market our exclusive content on a global scale. We hold the achievements of the StockFood team in very high regard and it will be a pleasure to support the growth of this innovative and thoroughly healthy company.”

Martin Skultety, Managing Director of StockFood: “Our clear focus and excellent network have enabled us to post continuous growth in a stagnating market environment. Burda, the congenial ‘entrepreneurs’ enterprise’, is therefore a perfect fit for our strategy. We are looking forward to joining forces and generating shared synergies as we embrace the future together. At the same time, we will be endeavouring at all times to expand our product range and provide the best possible service to our highly diversified customer base.”

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About StockFood:

StockFood is the leading food specialist among image agencies, offering creative professionals in media, marketing, advertising and publishing the largest food image database on the internet at www.stockfood.com. This includes an unmatched range of Rights-managed and Royalty-free images, videos and features from over 1,000 internationally renowned photographers and film producers. Expert recipe text, created by an in-house team, is available for all images, videos and features.

StockFood was established in Germany in 1979 and is now represented in more than 75 countries, on all continents, by a worldwide network of partner agencies. The company employs 60 people in its offices in Kennebunk, Maine (USA), Munich (Germany) and London (UK).

We will be happy to supply images free of charge, to be used in connection with stories about StockFood.

About Hubert Burda Media:

Responsible for over 400 print and digital consumer brands, Hubert Burda Media is one of Germany’s largest media groups. A strong focus on its digital portfolio and the international media market has been powering growth for several years. Innovation is the driving force behind the organization, which builds on its original roots and values as a family-owned company. It publishes more than 320 magazines around the globe. Burda’s digital business contains successful, expanding companies that include e-commerce and marketing platforms along with rating and agency portals and holdings in social media sites. Burda has 165 million users, approximately 40 million paying consumers and 43,000 advertisers. Its commercial success is driven by some 10,000 employees around the world: Burda is active in 20 markets, above all in Germany, Europe, the United States and Asia.

Worldwide launch of seasons.agency

New photo agency focusing on beauty photography

Kennebunk, . seasons.agency, a new boutique photo agency, has just opened its doors to the professional stock photography market. The collection introduces an exclusive portfolio of European beauty photography which is set to make a difference.

Emerging from assigned productions of a variety of premium European publishers, the collection presents distinctive images with a focus on professional beauty photography. At the start seasons.agency includes around 100,000 Rights-managed images. In addition to lifestyle productions by leading magazines, the collection also showcases the work of selected individual high-end photographers. Invitations to further independent beauty photographers have already been extended.

Martin Skultety, Managing Director of seasons, emphasizes the difference with other lifestyle portfolios: “There are millions of lifestyle images already available on the global picture market. However, most models are made to look interchangeable and the images are often digitally enhanced. In the case of seasons.agency, all our models are distinctive professionals with a strong character and an authentic, recognizable personality.” Other subjects in the collection include cover shots, food, home and travel.

seasons.agency is another boutique collection created by the team of StockFood, a renowned photo agency based in Munich, Germany. Besides StockFood, the world’s leading food media agency, the company is successfully operating living4media, a premium supplier of images and features depicting interiors and decoration.

“We love professional photography and see room for plenty of growth in the high-end peak of the market. With seasons.agency we are aiming at becoming a leading destination for producers and professional users of high-end beauty photography” said Martin Skultety.

seasons.agency is available in English and German, visitors will automatically be directed to the language and content available in their home country. Further languages will follow soon.

For further information please contact:

seasons.agency
A division of StockFood
Shannon Mahoney
General Manager
109 Lafayette Center
Kennebunk, ME 04043

Tel.: (207) 967-5776
Email: shannon.mahoney@stockfood.com
Web: www.stockfood.com

StockFood and PhotoCuisine sign global partnership The world’s two leading food photography agencies join forces

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Munich/Paris. StockFood and PhotoCuisine, the world’s two largest agencies for food photography, have signed a global partnership agreement. The two companies, widely recognized as market leaders in high-end culinary photography, will join forces from March 1st 2015. See entire article here.

StockFood and PhotoCuisine sign global partnership The world’s two leading food photography agencies join forces

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Munich/Paris. StockFood and PhotoCuisine, the world’s two largest agencies for food photography, have signed a global partnership agreement. The two companies, widely recognized as market leaders in high-end culinary photography, will join forces from March 1st 2015.

According to the agreement, PhotoCuisine, based in Paris and the reference for food photography in France, will exclusively represent the StockFood collection in its domestic market. In addition to PhotoCuisine’s own 215,000 images, the combined offering will provide PhotoCuisine customers in France with access to the entire StockFood collection of over 520,000 images created by 1,100 specialist food photographers.

StockFood, with headquarters in Munich and offices in the UK and the United States, is today’s largest food image agency. Thanks to the new partnership, StockFood will represent the PhotoCuisine collection globally, with the exceptions of France and Belgium. The PhotoCuisine collection, with its strong focus on the culinary delights of French cuisine, is expected to be well-received by the community of StockFood customers in 60 countries. Furthermore, StockFood will also manage the international distribution channel of PhotoCuisine from March 2015 onward.

For more than a decade, both agencies are primarily known for bringing exclusive rights-managed food images to the market. The combined offering of both culinary collections will provide customers with unique access to more than 700,000 premium images created by many award-winning food photographers. In addition, customers of both agencies will have access to thousands of high-end food features, reportages, videos and recipes available in numerous languages.

The agreement between StockFood and PhotoCuisine can be considered a strong message of unity within the highly competitive stock image industry. Both companies are privately owned, remain fully independent and will continue to maintain separate brands and websites. Their partnership will primarily serve to strengthen their business propositions both to the creative contributor community as well as professional food image customers.

Martin Skultety, General Managing Director of StockFood, is delighted about this alliance: “While having been direct competitors for many years, we have always shared respect for the exceptional work and the high ethical standards of each other. It would seem to require a very long journey to turn former competitors into trustful partners, but in our case it actually wasn’t. There is so much to share and we are looking forward to addressing lots of further opportunities by bringing all our expertise together.”

Pierre Hussenot, director and co-founder of PhotoCuisine along with Pierre Cabannes, is equally delighted about the alliance: “We are extremely pleased about the partnership with StockFood. For many years, our primary focus has been on the French market. Thanks to the StockFood collection, our French clients will now be able to access three times more premium images and videos which is going to be a terrific value for them. Furthermore, this partnership will open the doors of our collection to food customers around the planet. This is great news for us. It’s going to be such a breath of fresh air.”

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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