Three brands and one address? Same people, same technology? Someone (perhaps Randy Taylor) out there to set us straight? Clarifying this subject might help some readers who are in two minds how to act.
[To someone obviously related to ShutterPoint: spam commenting this blog every single day won´t work.]
After the acquisitions of Comstock and Thinkstock (hooray1 and hooray2) "acquiring Dynamic Graphics Group makes Jupitermedia the third largest company in the world in the field of selling and distributing stock photography, stock footage and other imagery," stated Alan M. Meckler, Chairman and CEO of Jupitermedia. More here. PS: Alan Meckler calls his blog "Internet Media Commentary" (see also this).
How to sell you photos globally if you´re just the middle of nowhere? The February 2005 Issue of The Digital Journalist covers the subject "Afghanistan Through Afghan Photojournalists' Eyes". Geographic photographers Reza and Manoocher created the first photo agency in Kabul called Aina (Cookies on!), working out of an ex-taliban prison (Link). Aina was created in 2002. The technique they are using is Digital Railroad (Cookies On! See also here), a system "that simplifies work, streamlines marketing, and expands revenue opportunities for photographers and agencies".
"The contrast between technology at work and at home is stark -- most photographers do not have access to electricity or running water in their homes."
Two other new companies: Konrad Dienst and Artur Krüger over at confessMEDiA finally have launched their first and new website (sorry, no english version so far) some days ago. Their main product, the Communication Server, creates virtual photo portals for photo buyers and - together with their partner agencies - for photo agencies. But as always: the clients in Europe and US are top of the line but the dumb traditional media in our industry won´t listen. Not even one single word. Why? Is it just because the mighty German Press Agency (Deutsche Presse Agentur) bought APIS Picturemaxx through one of their subsidiaries three months ago? There are rumours regarding pan-european anti-trust laws and how they might apply to reality.
BTW: Getty had revenues in 2004 of $ 34.2m from footage sales (5.5% of the total revenues of $ 622.4m), the average license fee for a clip of stock footage was $ 629 with a final 2004 quarter rise of 25.5% compared with the last quarter of 2003. Corbis instead is unable to give figures breaking down revenues between footage and photos (Link).
"Corbis sees its secret sauce as being expertise and service. Its newest
business is a case in point: rights representation. It represents
organizations with large collections of visual imagery, starting off
with Andy Warhol Foundation and Marvel Enterprises. More will come."
And, of course, the typical Bill G. visionary incantation: “If you want to be the first in something, you have to be ahead of your time" - - before continuing with "Still, some of the vision won’t be here for another five more years—people putting photos in their homes.”
Stimulating: "Future Report. A Look At What’s Ahead For Photography In 2005…And Beyond" (Shutterbug) and "From Kodachrome to Cameraphone": "Eisensta[e]dt's classic decisive moment" vs. "The camera phone, in this context, appears to be the 21st Century equivalent of the personal diary." If you intend to send your pix to this site sponsored by public venture capital, don´t buy this clumsy 1.3 MP device like I did ... just move to China and grab this one. - Eisenstaedt would have been happy.