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« on: September 15, 2022, 07:13 »
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IMHO it's not looking good.
Who started this race to the bottom thing?


« Reply #1 on: September 15, 2022, 07:51 »
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IMHO it's not looking good.
Who started this race to the bottom thing?
You will get all sorts of answers. What I find interesting is that RPDs actually increased at SS until about 2018 (since 2006). They have plummeted since then. IS started as free.
I blame Getty as much as SS. IS decided to screw us on our percentage while charging buyers more, instead of offering more to get the best content.
Anyway, it's going to get worse as long as artists keep giving their work to all agencies regardless of RPD.


« Reply #2 on: September 15, 2022, 19:48 »
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The future for "free images" is more free images.  The future for "10 cent images" is that they'll be free.  There is no more race to the bottom; it ended, and all the prizes were awarded. Basically, everyone lost.

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« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2022, 10:54 »
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IMHO it's not looking good.
Who started this race to the bottom thing?

According to some, We Did when we started supplying images to the Microstock agencies and killed traditional stock.

Although I don't believe that, because what killed traditional was... The Internet and digital imaging. You can take a photo in Tierra del Fuego, South America and send it to Cape Chelyuskin on the tip of Asia, in seconds. That replaced, photos on film (slides), taken physically to the lab for processing, then mailing them to be reviewed by the client.

Anyone here still use a typewriter? How many people don't have a landline phone anymore? In 1986, 1 in 4 US households owned a microwave oven. By 1997, The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that a staggering 9 out of 10 American households owned a microwave oven.

Who thought that the innocent phone modem would cause so many problems for stock photographers? ps There are no teletype machines that I see in any news room anymore. Hey wait, where do you buy B&W film and who processes it?

« Reply #4 on: September 16, 2022, 12:48 »
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and in the 19th century photography itself was forecast to doom fine art - instead we got impressionism, expressionism, cubism,etc, etc - as geologists say, shift happens

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« Reply #5 on: September 16, 2022, 13:35 »
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By 1997, The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that a staggering 9 out of 10 American households owned a microwave oven.

Well you lot have got to boil your water somehow!  ;D

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« Reply #6 on: September 17, 2022, 09:26 »
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and in the 19th century photography itself was forecast to doom fine art - instead we got impressionism, expressionism, cubism,etc, etc - as geologists say, shift happens

I was going to mention that movement, as photography wasn't considered art and was seen as a threat.

People should read... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfred_Stieglitz  Alfred Stieglitz - Photo-Secessionists

Notes:

"OKeeffe and Adams first met in New Mexico in 1929 and traveled through the Southwest and into Yosemite together in 1938-39. While trips to the Southwest helped OKeeffe escape the arty scene of New York City and experience the beauty of nature, Adams used the opportunity to meet some of OKeeffes New York friends who would accompany her."

"1936 was a turning point in his life. That summer, Adams worked past the point of exhaustion preparing for a one-person photography exhibit at the request of Alfred Stieglitz"

O'Keeffe was married to Stieglitz  8)



 

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