According to Michael Arrington of TechCrunch, Flickr was inches away from releasing FlickrStock, allowing users to license their images for a fee. Apparently Getty convinced the Yahoo executive that an exclusive deal with them was much better. Getty protected its valuable Istockfoto asset thanks to this deal and delayed the opening of the flood gates. Read More →

it’s a master/slave relationship, isn’t it ? Wire photographers only get published because their masters have clients. And wires, although they would never admit it, have clients because of the photographers/slaves. One would be nothing with the other . Take a wire service photography left in the wild and he could never find a client, Read More →

Can Photography exist outside of its current boundaries ? Is it possible for photographers to create and to sustain on a market that they create and manage directly. Lets step back for a bit. Photography has always been accessed through gatekeepers, or otherwise called magazines. It has evolved through other forms of publications but the Read More →

Part of the reason text journalism is failing is mostly due to the laziness of its reporters. It seems that if something was not presented to them via a press release or already published elsewhere, they will not write about it. There is almost no investigation left and everything is just reprint and Copy/Paste. With Read More →

It’s all in the way you search. Stock photo agencies, now having reached a point where they are all pretty much offering the same content for the same prices, are desperately trying to make themselves relevant with different search engines. After all, Google’s success is made on search and not content, so why not stock Read More →

There are newspaper websites, where a second staff of editors recapture what is in the print edition and put it on line, for free. Not really cost effective and a sure wait to shoot yourself in the foot. The recent massive layouts and bankruptcy filing are good indication that this hasn’t been a good idea. Read More →

I was working on the US presidential elections and something came to my attention that is worth mentioning here. When everything was still slides and film, your cut-off time for stopping shooting was whenever the labs would accept the last bath or whenever the last flight was departing to where your agency was, or both. Read More →

It is not really the photo industry that is in danger of extinction, but rather a weird and strange animal that appeared about 50 to 60 years ago out of pure greed. Let me explain:  When photography became a job, the first photographers were troopers who would get up in the morning with the firm Read More →