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Looking somewhat similar to the PAN offices – just a little larger! – the brand new HQ of photo agency Shutterstock is completed, the decorators are out and the staff are in. The office theme, in collaboration with Studios Architecture, is billed as “New York loft casual” and the location – the Empire State Building, New York.
Enjoy a walk around through the photos below.
↑ Looks casual – trust they also have a PS4 under that desk?! – ©Bilyana Dimitrova / courtesy Shutterstock
The new HQ facts:
• Approximately 300 employees currently work out of Shutterstock’s global
• The space consists of 85,000 square feet over 2 floors (including 10,000
square feet of outdoor space).
• The cost of the renovation was approximately $10 million.
• We analszed 50,000 hours of meeting time over 7 months to determine the right size and number of conference rooms. 61% of meetings had 4 or fewer people. While not surprising given our agile company culture, this stat emphasised the need for lots of small breakout rooms and just a few large conference rooms.
• Employees voted on everything from meeting room names to game room themes (and then designed them).
• Real-time data screens display social and site analytics throughout the office
• “Wormholes” provide live feeds into domestic and international locations, and “robots” can frequently be found around the office.
To celebrate the convergence of art and technology at the new HQ view a preview of the Art + Tech Spring galleries from the Shutterstock and Offset collections.
Come and meet Shutterstock at fotofringe London May 22
The EyeEm photo app has partnered with Getty Images to licence it’s users images.
The EyeEm collection will be populated over time with images taken via the app by its growing mobile contributor community in over 100 countries worldwide. Through the Getty Images’ distribution network EyeEm’s “Notogs” (nonprofessional mobile photographers) will be able to earn revenue from their creative talent via royalty-free and rights-managed image licensing.
All the best to PAN reader Judy Mason of Judy Mason Photo Editing & Research in California who retires from the photo industry this week. – still waiting that ‘selfie’ Judy!
After 35 years of doing photo research, I am retiring :-)
I want to thank you very much for the service you have provided me for so many years! It was useful and interesting and, most definitely, helped me keep up with things.
It has been a pleasure working with you!
Judy started off in the LIFE Magazine Picture Library in NYC 1964 during the Vietnam War. She says: “Extraordinary photojournalism coming in everyday. Started doing photo research and editing for the educational market after moving to California in the 1970s. At that time, many educational publishers in the Bay Area. Started freelancing for Random House in the 1980s which was then bought by McGraw-Hill and turned into their college-level foreign-language textbook division. They soon added human development, child development,etc books, and I have been freelancing for them ever since. All the other publishers for whom I worked–Wadsworth, Brooks-Cole,etc–were either shut down or folded into companies like Cengage. The San Francisco McGraw-Hill office was shut down a couple of years ago with all the books being moved to their Dubuque,Iowa office.”
This in from Mary Evans MD Paul Brown:
“As Mary Evans Picture Library celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, it seems some of our employees are also reaching some important birthday milestones. Among them is Shirley Evans [Mary’s sister-in-law], our erstwhile administrative assistant, who will be celebrated her 80th birthday on Thursday 30th January. Eight decades young, Shirley reports for work at the library where she holds a part-time post and can often be found re-filing among the cabinets, sorting the post, or insisting on washing up the team’s coffee cups. We wonder – is Shirley the oldest employee currently in the picture library industry?
This was shot (above image) on her 80th birthday, so she is a few days older than that now.
Actually, Shirley just passed another milestone… last week was her 20th year working at the library. So she started at the very young age of 60! When she retired as a teacher (one of her students was Jude Law!!), she wanted to keep herself busy and so started working at the library.
Paul – you could have given her the day off!!
UK sports photo agency Action Images are celebrating a double win by their photographers in the Vauxhall Home Nations Photography competition. The awards are split into national categories for the four Home nations, with Lee Smith claiming Vauxhall Scotland Football Photographer of the Year, and Carl Recine taking Vauxhall England Football Photographer of the Year, as well as the overall crown of Vauxhall Home nations Football Photographer of the Year.
↓ The winning images by Carl Recine
Updated: scroll down for detail from a Getty Images email to their contributors which goes some way to explaining their bold move to allow access to their images and attract licensing where needed.
You have to adapt to survive,” said Kevin Mazur, celebrity photographer and director, and co-founder of WireImage Inc. “Evolving to embrace technology that encourages responsible image sharing is the way forward for the industry.”
Getty Images today launches a new image embed tool, for the first time, the ability for people to easily embed and share its imagery – at no cost – for non-commercial use on websites, blogs and social media channels through a new embed tool.
The embed capability will be supported anywhere HTML can be posted and users will also be able to share images on major social platforms including Twitter, as well as WordPress, which, with 75 million users, is the world’s most popular blogging platform.
They say: ‘Through the embed tool, individuals can draw on Getty Images’ latest news, sports, celebrity, music and fashion coverage; immense digital photo archive; and rich conceptual images to illustrate their unique passions, ideas and interests. This innovation opens one of the largest, deepest and most comprehensive image collections in the world for easy sharing, thereby making the world an even more visual place.’
“Images are the communication medium of today and imagery has become the world’s most spoken language,” said Jonathan Klein, co-founder and CEO of Getty Images. “Whether via a blog, website or social media, everyone is a publisher and increasingly visually literate.
Embedded images will include photographer attribution and, when clicked, will link back to www.gettyimages.com where the image can be licensed for commercial use. This will provide people with a simple and legal way to utilize content that respects creators’ rights, including the opportunity to generate licensing revenue.
“This new Getty Images embed capability will open users up to a huge new creative repository in a simple, legal way,” said Raanan Bar-Cohen, senior vice president of commercial services at Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com. “We look forward to seeing all the amazing ways that our users can take advantage of this new access.”
• To embed these images, people can visit www.gettyimages.com, hover over an image in the search results or on the image detail page, and click the embed icon (>).The embedded images will be hosted on the gettyimages.com site, but they will appear in the context of the viewer on the site where they are embedded.
• The viewer includes the name of the photographer and image collection, and a link back to the image page on www.gettyimages.com where people can license it for commercial use.
See how it works here
UPDATE 2:30pm : this is a section of an email Getty Images have sent to contributors:
below is detail from a Getty Images email to their contributors which goes some way to explaining their bold move to allow access to their images and attract licensing.
….’There will be no charge for non-commercial use of an embedded image because it allows us to promote the imagery, contributors and our brand in the important and growing new-media segment. Besides providing attribution and a link to licensing, embedding gives us greater visibility into how and where images are used, which in-turn can help us align our digital media strategy with the way people use content today. We also intend at some point in the future, to explore revenue opportunities that might emerge as a result of embedded use once it has scaled enough and we’ve had a chance to learn more. For now we are fully focused on promoting our content in digital media with proper attribution and link-back.
Many of our images are being shared, re-shared and used in this space already, much of it without attribution, watermark or license despite our aggressive and continuing compliance program. Unfortunately, it is not economically viable to pursue individuals for non-commercial use given the cost of enforcement, the exploding extent of unauthorized use, and the reality that individual infringers usually have a limited ability to pay. Getty Images’ content is highly relevant to ‘new’ media so we see an increase in our content being used without a license or image credit; often accessed via aggregators such as search engines or from legitimate customers’ websites. As a result, attribution is lost as is our ability to track usage and potentially earn revenue.
Embedding is an opportunity to reverse the negative trend in our favor.
A simple tool that gives individuals an easy way to use our images legitimately and with proper credit is something we think will appeal to users. Embedding will benefit Getty Images and our contributors by promoting our imagery in digital media, linking to licensing and by setting the stage for engaging new revenue streams. By encouraging non-commercial use and sharing of embedded images in blogs and social media sites, we can actually begin to transform these users into an active digital marketing channel. This is why we believe an embedded viewer is our best business response. YouTube and other services encourage embedded content sharing because it promotes their brand, drives traffic back to their site, and provides a revenue stream from advertising. This is an approach that has been followed successfully by Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Photobucket, and many other leading digital platforms. Once use of our embedded viewer has grown sufficiently and can be monetized successfully, we will explore these options as well and will pay contributors/partners a royalty at contract rates on any revenue-generating activity that takes place within the embedded viewer.’….
‘An unprecedented exhibition to the phenomenon and aesthetic of paparazzi photography through more than 600 works (photography, painting, video, sculpture, installation, etc.)’
Covering fifty years of celebrities caught in the lens, Paparazzi! Photographers, stars and artists considers the paparazzo at work by examining the complex and fascinating ties that form between photographer and photographed, going on to reveal the paparazzi influence on fashion photography.
By associating some of the genre’s leading names, including Ron Galella, Pascal Rostain and Bruno Mouron, Tazio Secchiaroli, with reflections on this modern-day myth by Richard Avedon, Raymond Depardon, William Klein, Gerhard Richter, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol, Paparazzi! Photographers, stars and artists sets out to define the paparazzi aesthetic.
Paparazzi! Photographers, stars and artists
Centre Pompidou-Metz – Paris
From 26 February to 9 June 2014
↑ Left to right: Dave Theobald, David Ofield (picture editor), Richard Bond and Jimmy James
Photo Caption reads: The London Evening Standard picture desk staff taken on 9th December 1988, the last day in Fleet Street when the paper was based at the Daily Express building.
Do you know who took the photo? – answers to email@example.com
PAN reader, David Ofield, Picture Editor at the London Evening Standard sent this in December 2013 – sorry it’s a bit late going up David!!
Hope all is well, just sorting through some old pictures and come across the enclosed ,next week we would have been in the Kensington office 25 years, How time flies……..”
↑ David at a recent fotofringe London event