"Now with over 600,000 royalty-free, high-resolution images, the next version of PhotoXpress.com will launch soon with new features" and "tools such as Light boxes and Advanced Search." (From their recent newsletter; words in bold emphasized by me)
2. PhotoXpress: Offering over 400,000 free professional high-resolution images and illustrations, PhotoXpress.com has officially become the largest online supplier of free stock imagery. (August 04, 2009. The website says "443,951 photos")
Late summer Gossip Madness: Bruce Livingstone, who founded online stock-photography provider iStockphoto, paid $2.5 million for a landmark midcentury Los Angeles home that was on the market very briefly. The 1966 home, on a slope in the Los Feliz community, has been given landmark status by Los Angeles. Mr. Livingstone, 38, bought the house including much of the artwork and furnishings, by designers including Isamu Noguchi, Herman Miller and Arne Jacobsen. “It’s a bit of a time capsule,” said Mr. Livingstone who is relocating with his family from Seattle to Los Angeles for a digital media venture.
Lor’s ambitions are to have close to a million photos available free of charge and PhotoXpress will remain independent from sister site Fotolia, however the two are intricately connected. PhotoXpress members will be able to license up to 10 images daily, free of cost.
Professional ad agencies and firms who might need more than 10 images a day will be sent to Fotolia. In this sense, PhotoXpress is a lead generator for Fotolia. But more than that, it is a way for professional photographers to expose some of their work for free to a larger Web audience, while inculcating a respect for copyrights among Web consumers. It is an attempt to bridge the two worlds, and Fotolia wanted to do this before its competitors did.
Lor says the biggest challenge is convincing the photography world to give away stock photography for free. PhotoXpress is still working out if the site will make any revenue - the obvious revenue stream is third-party advertising on the site, but Lor couldn't confirm or deny that there will be ads on the site. PhotoXpress's main competitor is Hungarian site Stock.xchange.
A sudden surprise before our CEPIC session on free images. -Check the license agreement (e.g. "limited to a resolution of 640 x 480 pixels in website uses") and check with your wife before using some partly strange stuff over there (1; 2; 3 and 4; initial keyword: beach).