Jason Pagan, formerly working for The Bettmann Archive, Corbis and the Black Star Photo Agency, starts a new career as President and owner of Anarchy Images, a new story-based photojournalism agency for deep photographic coverage on international social and political issues.
He notes in a prepared company statement that he started Anarchy Images in response to the lack of in-depth coverage with a single focus: "Sure, there are photographers working on large long term projects. But, how many are actually telling a story? The narrative voice in photography is almost gone. Anarchy Images is, for me, a way to show that photographers, taking their time on a project, can produce more than just images of events; they can create work truly worth remembering. Anarchy Images isn't meant to be a 'one stop shop' for photography. Unlike other photographic agencies, we intend to keep only a small highly focused collection. There needs to be a greater concern for quality rather than a rush to fill the internet with every available image".
Anarchy Images offers currently rights-managed imagery and assignment photography, with plans to offer services like royalty-free and consumer images in the future. Pagan says that nevertheless the collections would remain relatively small and focused.
Another innovation is Viewfinder, a photographers' blog and community that provides a way for participating Anarchy Images photographers to speak directly to the general public while also catering to the interests of photography professionals and enthusiasts. Each photographer and member has access to post images and blogs, and to communicate directly with everyone else in the Viewfinder community. To our knowledge no other agency has provided photographers with such unhindered access to the general public. Viewfinder is currently under construction.
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