In announcing the news, the LA-based (the website adds NY) company noted that this "new concept" offers "free high res celebrity photos for your unlimited use from our events, we are giving our photos away for free, no account login, no sign up, no fees, it´s free."
All Access Photo Agency believes that "the media coverage photo industry is a laggard in terms of service to its clients and the industry as a whole."
"All Access Photo Agency (AAPA) believes that the future of the industry includes unlimited, free press and photo distribution to the public and media outlets alike."
Neither the website itself nor the contacted domain registration & search services showed any real name who is behind the photo agency, or any valid address and more information, except that the domains were registered on Dec. 2nd and that the LA office is located in 90028 Los Angeles.
As far as quickly examined, the image database shows some hundreds of celebrity photos, but no names of photographers... . The majority of images checked randomly were taken in late summer with a Canon EOS 30D.
Downloaded images carry only marginal IPTC information, but the clear hint "Copyright AAPA. Credit: www.aapagency.com", and EXIF data are fully displayed.
More information from the website:
All Access Photo Agency is a free service for media to download and post event photos for their own use.
AAPA is the only 100% free entertainment photo website.
Photos can be used for print, online websites, broadcast and personal use.
Photos may not be sold for a profit, this is in violation of AAPA´s copyright and website use policy.
AAPA constantly updates the website and photo database with current events.
By using All Access Photo Agency website you agree to International copyright law.
The other interesting part is the photo agency´s new blog, called "Wireimaged - Celebrity and Entertainment News Source". The domain was registered on Dec. 11th.
But WireImaged? Hello? The blog started on Dec. 10th, but lacks currently unique URLs for the blog posts and a RSS feed. "More changes to come", the agency notes.
I will post more information when the photo agency responds to an email.