What is happening right now in our editorial and stock photo industry is unbelievable.
Getty Images is buying everything and now anybody can observe that we are under a monopoly regime.
What we do in these days is gossip. We talk of Getty Images, Corbis, acquisitions, stock market trends, but we dont talk about photographers and photography anymore.
It´s not clear to me what exactly is the strategy of Getty Images, but there are several options.
Corbis shows already the same kind of desire of controlling everything like Getty does and the next move might be Bill Gates buying everything. And Getty doesn´t want any close competitor just to hide the weakness of its company.
What really is impressing is the lack of any reaction of the other players in the industry, not to mention the immobility of the big publishing companies, advertising companies and many others, which in the long run can´t tolerate to deal with only one image supplier.
Until now Getty has worked in the interest of its clients practizing prices which are very convenient, but what will happen when they will have full control over the market?
Believe it or not, I´m not really impressed by the recent events. I´ve been in this industry for more than 40 years and if I had had the opportunity and the will I could have done the same thing Getty Images and Corbis are doing with a tenth of the money they have invested and with better results for the company and for the clients.
Unfortunately I´ve worked in Italy, with the exception of a few years in Los Angeles, and Italy is a very small market that could be less than 1/100 of the whole market.
Much better than me could do people like Jim Roehrig, Richard Steadman and a few others. Let´s be honest: the market shows a lack of this kind of content.
Again, what we do in these days is gossip. We talk about Getty Images, Corbis, acquisitions, stock market trends, but we don't talk about photographers and photography anymore.
What the big agencies have done until now is to keep all the people outside who know about fine photography and photojourmalism and the results clearly demonstrate this lack.
- Letters from Italy: Pino Granata´s Ceterum censeo on Corbis entering the Microstock Business (Feb. 18, 2007)
- Pino Granata: Who is the Dinosaur? (Feb. 06, 2007)
- Sipa Press Founder Goksin Sipahioglu Receives Premier French Order Légion d'honneur - A Comment By Pino Granata (Jan. 26, 2007)
- Pino Granata: Two Worlds Apart (Jan. 10, 2007)
- Picade, The New Photographer-Driven Stock Photo Agency: Forget RF Licensing, Photo Portals and Microstock (Nov. 28, 2006)
- A New Photographic Renaissance, by Pino Granata (Oct. 31, 2006)
- "Just fly in a different direction" (Oct. 10, 2006)
- The Bill Gates Mystery: An Open Letter From Pino Granata To The Founder Of Corbis (Oct. 03, 2006)
- "Is There A Future For Stock Agents?" (Sept. 20, 2006, by Jim Pickerell, Story 873, subscription required).
- Pino Granata: "Is there any future for photographers and agents?" (Sept. 16, 2006)
- Jason Pagan Launches Alternative Photojournalism Agency Anarchy Images (July 18, 2006)