The rise of email interviews in the Stock Photo Industry continues: Will of Photo Archive News does it, Brent of About The Image does it, I did it in the past, now Pat Hunt is interviewing Christina Vaughan, Founder/CEO of Image Source, in "Image Source: RF Leader" at MacTribe. It seems to be -- except for question number 4 -- an email interview, but anyway, it´s the content that counts.
Unfortunately this interview does not have the excellent quality of the former interviews with Randy Taylor (StockPhotoFinder) or David Norris (OnRequest Images). It is mostly a pure marketing speech with endless superlatives and does not respond to the wide-spread and constant rumours that Image Source is the next item on the shopping list of someone else.
Christina´s answer so far is "certainly 2005 has been an interesting year with many of my old colleagues and competitors selling their business" and "we have our sights set further afield - the next stop will be Asia - an important goal for Image Source".
Even more or less quirky places like Cologne, where one of the offices of Image Source is located, are subject to the marketing speech ("incredible city", "dynamic and vibrant"). Is this more weird Kraut stuff (also here) or simply eau-de-Cologne?
Anyway, if we´re all lucky we can read the same stuff in some weeks again at Jim Pickerell´s Pickphoto -- after you had to read his "I was granted permission to reprint" again and after you had paid (like it happened in the past and recently with the reprinting of press releases, Link 1 and Link 2) for this permission ... just to get finally the permission to read for money what is elsewhere available for free. Sorry, this is MadPixBiz.
As I wrote earlier in "Industry Veteran John Flewin Of Footage.info Enters The Promising Press Release Business", footage industry veteran John Flewin of Footage.info created a blog (Footage.info News) that republishes press releases already visible at his main page Footage.info to expand his business activities and to achieve a higher Google ranking.
- IPNStock, in an attempt to reach the sky, announces new members and staff. Patricia Bayley, former photo editor for Digital Vision, has been hired as IPN’s new Photo Editor. More here.
- The StockAsylum looks at "UpperCut Starts Promotional Blitz...": "With about a year of photography production preceding the launch, the library represents the first really new collection of general rights-managed stock photography to hit the market in several years. [...] He added that there should be about 20,000 images online by the end of the year."
- "Visa Pour L'Image, A Report" (Tiffinbox) of what happend this year.
- Scoopt, the first picture agency set up specifically and exclusively to help amateur 'citizen reporters' sell the pics they take on their cameraphones to the media (Link), "has finally made it's first sale to the Bristol Evening Post." (Picturephoning in "Scoopt sells first major cameraphone shot" and in "More on Scoopt's first sales")
- Spy Media, the new News Photo Network For Everyone: "Scoopt soon will have a competitor in selling citizen news photos. A U.S.-based start-up, Spy Media, is set to debut in early October. Its model is slightly different, serving both citizen photographers and professional photojournalists, who upload photos to a website, where picture editors can buy rights to images" (via Picturephoning quoting Poynter.org): "Whether you witness a tornado tearing its way through South Dakota, or a celebrity visiting a refugee camp in Eastern Europe, Spy Media is the place for you starting October 3rd."
- "On Monday, The Associated Press will begin offering articles and "experiences" in multimedia formats, with audio, video, blogs and wireless text"; NYT in "A.P. Fashions a News Feed for the Young".
- Howdidodi: "Google is set to launch its own dedicated blog search facility [Google Blog Search] in what will likely be a major competitive threat to existing players including Technorati, IceRocket, Blogpulse and others" (BlogHerald, "Google to launch Blog Search" and later in "Google Blog Search Reviewed": "This is about as useful as…..Technorati, with half as many results but without the error messages").
- The small companions of the professional photographers... . I don´t write about hardware; there are many other sites. Only in the case that icons or jewels appear. One of these icons had been in former times the Ricoh GR-1 ("Ricoh Caplio GX: A new Ricoh GR-1 for the Digital Age?") and Ricoh attempted to repeat this success story with the Ricoh Caplio GX and recently with the Ricoh Caplio GX8. Now they launched the Ricoh GR Digital (Link 1, 2, 3) and, as the name and the features are clearly demonstrating, this camera is the true descendant of the Ricoh GR-1.
- Schaukasten is a pretty great new blog "dedicated to the aesthetic values of movie art beyond the screen."