The corbis document

Apparently, Corbis’ ignorance has no limit. After burying the Bettmann archives in a Pennsylvanian salt mine, disposing of the Sygma collection in some Parisian suburb, firing some of the greatest mind of photography, destroying Digital Stock, The Stock Market, Zefa, LGI, Starlight and many others, after claiming the non disputed title of the least profitable Read More →


“March 28, 2007 · A panel of judges from a federal appeals court in Denver (10th Cir.) affirmed summary judgment last week in favor of a Harper’s Magazine journalist who photographed the open casket of an Oklahoma National Guard member killed in Iraq.” The journalist in question here is no other than fame photographer Pete Read More →


There are a few trends emerging in 2007 that are worth noting. As an exercise in divination, I have written down some projections to measure against time. I dare you to do the same. Time will tell if I was right. – A very aggressive Getty images goes all out. Probably badly hurt in its Read More →

Nina Berman, of World Press Award fame with her magnificent portrait of a severely burned Iraqi war veteran on his wedding day, has posted a multimedia on Not only does it gives more depth and information about the two protagonists, it is also a beautiful mix of images and voice over. Like Todd Heisler’s Read More →

Cradle of photography, France has been going through a lot of painful changes in the last 5 years.  Recent news, according to photo website, seem to confirm this trend: Hachette Filipacchi photo group, formally GHFP, has been renamed EYEDEA. Quite certainly a play on words between EYE and IDEA, Eyedea boast a brand new Read More →

a bird and a flag

Stock photography has nothing to do with creativity. It is not an art. It does not try to explain the meaning of Life. It tries to communicate. It uses a language, the visual language, to transmit a message. The true and successful stock photographer is, first and foremost, a sociologist. He tries to understand the Read More →


I took this image the other day. Coming out of my gym, I saw this sticker on a light pole and right behind, badly parked, this “Public Safety” minivan and thought the contrast of the two would be interesting. Not a great picture, I agree, as I was shooting with a pocket camera, the Nikon Read More →


~ A great idea is emerging from Europe and hopefully will cross the transatlantic pond. Instead of fighting the “orphan work” legislation, why don’t we try to work with it. One has to admit that it can be extremely hard to find the owner of an art work. Bad or no usage of metadata has Read More →

Now that they got rid of those yucky Sygma slides, the team that brought you the “non for profit photo agency” is blogging like crazy. First CEO, President, Chairman of the board and super guru of CORBIS, Steve Davis, talks about his travels and his thoughts about, what else ?, traveling. As insightful and innovative Read More →

Paul Melcher couple

NOT AGAIN : Stumbled on a press release from a French archiving company called LOCARCHIVES. They are the company that Corbis has subcontracted to handle the Sygma collection. Their press release indicates that once the 800 square meter facility will be finished (will it have an indoor swimming pool ?), LOCARCHIVES will be also managing Read More →