Robert Brook Posted March 19, 2015 Share Posted March 19, 2015 ................. So, although people point price as the worst thing, the truth is that the greed and 3rd world exploitation mentality that rule the heads of many micro agencies is the worst to us. In that sense alamy, although not perfect and exempt of criticism has been until this moment the most correct agency toward photographers I know. With a bigger presence in the stock business and a bigger share of the market, this attitude towards photographers could turn alamy in the most supported agency by contributors and help change some bad things that currently happen in this business. Without disagreeing with what you are saying here Jose, it needs to be pointed out that contributors have been willing partners in these greed schemes. I doubt if anyone thought twice about the damage being inflicted on analogue agencies when they signed up with the cool-dude new crowd-sourcing bizzes 10 or 15 years ago, many (trad agencies) providing an irreplaceable service often involving in-depth- knowledge of particular subject areas. Suppliers at that time, able to acquire internet technology and software, not lumbered with thousands of transparencies to scan, prepared to give amateurs a go, not too stressed about 6 mp output, were able to offer a more streamlined and cheaper service at the very point where analogue suppliers were really struggling, and Alamy was very much at the centre of the new culture, as they proudly claim. From the providers point of view, the operations were entirely ethical: amateurs were given opportunities to start careers, businesses got a cheaper, more efficient service. Naturally, as thousands of part-time photographers started bundling images in like there was no tomorrow, and the gatekeepers were out to lunch, the chickens would come home to roost eventually (cliche overload, but what the heck). Alamy have certainly had higher ethical standards in respect of photographers’ share of revenue, and attempting to stick to something resembling a traditional fee structure. But as far as anyone remotely interested in professional photography is concerned, this system is finished. It’s now over to a new generation of microstockers, who will bring a different approach and fresh ideas to editorial photography. Meanwhile ...I just got a kindly message from the firm saying they’d love to see some more work, since I don’t appear to have subbed for quite a while... Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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