Art photography collections are held at regional museums, libraries and archives across the country but often without specialist curatorial expertise. Peer support for curators working with photography collections is limited. There is currently no Subject Specialist Network for Photography, and no active planning, programming, research, information exchange, scholarship or training that is more formally coordinated between UK institutions. As a result, many photography collections tend to be ‘dormant’ and inaccessible to experts and audiences, and curators responsible for photography collections do not have access to the necessary staffing and financial resources, or knowledge and specialist skills to actively develop their collections. With the support of the Art Fund, the Victoria and Albert Museum is running a two-year pilot programme to help support the development of curatorial expertise in art photography, working with regional museum partners.
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Multi stock media licensing agency Pond5 has raised $61 Million from investment houses Accel Partners and Stripes Group.
Pond5 say: ‘The funding is the first institutional investment for the company and will be used to fuel global growth, hiring, and product development.
Artists from around the world use Pond5 to upload video clips and other media, including music, photos and special effects. Those creating media projects, like films, mobile applications and video games, can then buy the royaltyfree content for their own use.’
“Our mission since day one has been to build the world’s most vibrant, artist friendly marketplace for creativity,” said Pond5 CEO and co founder Tom Bennett. “We thought very carefully about the kind of partners we wanted to join us, and we couldn’t be more excited to team up with Accel and Stripes for the next phase of our adventure.”
• Pond5 boast over 15 million media clips sourced from 30,000 artists in 127 countries.
• Artists who upload their media to the website earn 50% on sales.
• Pond5 footage has found its way into blockbuster films like Iron Man, Thor and Dallas Buyers Club, and hit television series like AMC’s The Walking Dead and NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
• Based in New York, with offices in Geneva, Switzerland and Prague, Czech Republic, Pond5 has been cashflow positive since its founding in 2006 and is doubling sales annually. The company raised a seed round of $500,000 from the New York Angels in 2008. In 2013, Pond5 acquired Pixmac, an international network of stock photos sites based in Czech Republic. It currently employs a global team of 70 people.
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Fashion Hawk is a service created to help PR companies, photo agencies, image resellers and publishers maximise the value of images showing celebrities wearing designer clothes and accessories. By adding designer label keywords and fashion terms to aid image search, Fashion Hawk helps clients find the pictures that will enable them to boost the sales, promotional and editorial impact of famous people wearing famous brands.
Nonstop Photo Desk has been created to free photo agency staff and owners from the headache of trying to organise image workflow, and avoid getting into legal hot water, while maximising the sales potential of every image that goes out with the agency’s name on it. It does so by providing clients with experienced staff to process and send out images around the clock, using the most efficient processes available. And the best part is that clients only pay for the production itself, rather than having to maintain night desks, or pay photo editor salaries to have repetitive tasks carried out by people who should really be organising the image-gathering effort.
Making your basic product easier to find with good keywording is a proven method of increasing revenue for image and video libraries. Keedup can also help you find new ways to earn money, cut costs and get the basics right. Keedup uses university graduates working from its Auckland and London offices to add metadata around the clock. As well as celebrity and news keywording, Keedup offers a range of stock keywording standards, including Corbis, Getty and Alamy. There are also specialist services such as fashion keywording and image workflow management.
App developer Ray Woo has released an App called Stock Stats which helps you check your earnings from microstock agencies and notify you when you get new sales.
They say: ‘The app crawls the agency and gets the image number and balance, it can also estimate your monthly earning, daily earnings, RPI per month according to these data.’
• Supported Agencies are Shutterstock, iStock, Fotolia, Dreamstime, 123rf, Bigstock, Alamy, Photodune, DepositPhotos, Veer, Canstock, Pond5. More agencies to follow…
• More details on the App (incl IOS details) from the developer here
• Problems may occur if you connect your phone to computer when running the app’
UK photo library Mirrorpix have published their latest image brochure Portfolio V which covers Daily Mirror photographers and the major news events they covered for the newspaper since 1904.
They say: ‘Portfolio V is our latest brochure with an emphasis on what we are looking at this year and into 2015. As well, we tell how we have recently expanded our archive, stories of our earliest photographers, and working with authors on illustrated sports books.’
‘We have created Portfolio V with you our customer in mind, to guide you through the next couple of years, and maybe even offer some inspiration on that certain project.’
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The UK based Retrograph collection of classic graphic design images is now available online
Spanning 100 years of retrospective publicity work dating from the mid eighteen hundreds to the middle of the twentieth century, all available from their direct download site.
Retrograph was first established some 25 years ago by Jilliana and Martin Breese and is a picture library that extensively specialises in publicity designs that have been created by commercial artists throughout the past one hundred and fifty years. It is a unique collection of designs that promote products, services, events and occasions and these images have been recorded photographically from the original prints, still retaining the qualities of the variety of printed methods that were used in their reproduction.
They say: The collection features some of the greatest and finest and most colourful examples of these artists’ work and the images also reflect all of the art movements that became popular throughout the 20th century.
Although the Retrograph collection was a most popular source of images for publishers, designers and other industries over the years the library ceased offering the work a few years ago when it became a standard for the images to be digitised for ease of access by clients wishing to obtain them. We at Retrograph have been working on the library images, digitising the collection over the past two years or more and so far there are around 2,500 available that are shown in 72 categories on our new website (www.retrograph.com). This is just a start to this important collection as there are still many thousands of images in the pipeline ready for digitisation that we are working on or preparing to work on.
We are producing new sections and uploading new images to our site on an ongoing basis and eventually we aim to have many more thousands of images for you to choose from on our website.’
• View the Retrograph listing on PAN
‘Just arrived, hot off the press at Mary Evans Picture Library is ‘Illustrated First World War’, a bookazine published by ILN Ltd and based on the rich content from their magazine archive, housed and managed at Mary Evans. The bookazine, which features a rich mix of photographs, covers, illustrations, cartoons and advertisements from magazines such as The Sphere, The Tatler, The Bystander and of course the Illustrated London News has been a collaborative effort between Mary Evans Picture Library and ILN; all picture research and selection was handled in-house, and, as lead writer, staff member Luci Gosling provided ten of the bookazine’s articles and is credited as main author of the magazine.’
• Retails for £6.99 and will be available from WH Smith, Waitrose and other high street retailers.
• £1.40 of the cover price will be donated to the Royal British Legion.