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  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #25 on: April 01, 2014, 11:18 »
He doesn't even seem to know if he wants 'African' or 'mixed race'.

It's definitely not hard to find these images. iS: African, man, one: 27783 photos; 9741 in the Main (cheapest) collection.
man, one, mixed race: 7068 photos - 2243 Main.

Of course, you'd need to sort through these to find what you want, but there certainly is no lack.


« Reply #26 on: April 02, 2014, 04:58 »


« Reply #27 on: April 02, 2014, 05:21 »
I dont understand any of the down votes in this thread. OP is asking and people are providing.

« Reply #28 on: April 02, 2014, 06:42 »
You'll find some here: I'm based in South Africa, and we have an issue with finding black guys who look South African, and not African-American. (Trust me, to the native South African, the difference is obvious)

I have a bit. Check it out:


« Reply #29 on: April 02, 2014, 11:41 »
« Last Edit: May 11, 2014, 22:12 by tickstock »

« Reply #30 on: April 02, 2014, 11:49 »
« Last Edit: April 02, 2014, 12:35 by mike ledray »


« Reply #31 on: April 03, 2014, 11:25 »
HI AEK, nice troll for a 1st post.


« Reply #32 on: April 03, 2014, 15:08 »
HI AEK, nice troll for a 1st post.
Takes one to recognise one

« Reply #33 on: June 07, 2014, 09:48 »
I was just browsing this forum to see if it is worth uploading some images to a stock site, when I chanced upon this topic.  Being an author too and having several author friends, I think I can shed some light here.  Most fiction books have images of people on them that are looking either serious or morose.  You do not see images of anyone smiling, except on a few humorous romance books. 

1.  Models for book covers need to look serious.

2.  Next, the problem with most of the African American images is that they show poverty or labourers.  Authors want glamorous images.  Handsome and either bare-chested with muscles or well-dressed.  This might be a possible option:

3. Authors are picky and want attractive models.  Think movie-star-looking good.  They need this to sell their books.  People won't buy books with models that look like street bums.  Or even ordinary.  They need someone like Michael Jackson.  The Indie authors have to compete with big New York publishing houses that have the money to hire professional models and photographers at the cost of thousands of dollars.  Only the Indie authors do not have that kind of money.  Many are just housewives, teachers, professors...so they look for stock images and try to get the best ones possible.

So there you have it - Yes, there are some images of African American males.  But no, most of the images do not meet the criteria.  There are way more handsome Caucasian males available, though authors still complain there are not enough of those either - ones with sexy muscles and serious faces.

This is the kind of image for a book cover I am talking about:

The image must show the hero of an epic story - serious, grave, sexy...not a miner or a beggar...or someone brushing his teeth...

Good luck and I hope my explanation helps.

« Last Edit: June 07, 2014, 09:55 by Zayne »


  • There is a crack in everything
« Reply #34 on: June 07, 2014, 10:10 »
^^ Yeah, and they want all that for a dollar.
Models that goodlooking don't work cheaply.

iStock's "handsome, black (african descent), 'one male only', serious" search:
I didn't make a selection, as what different people would consider handsome differs, e.g. Michael Jackson did nothing for me, but some of the guys here I think are really good looking.
« Last Edit: June 07, 2014, 10:27 by ShadySue »

« Reply #35 on: June 07, 2014, 13:36 »
Thanks for the insights about what authors want.  You were kidding about Michael Jackson tho, right?  Wouldn't somebody like Blair Underwood, Daniel Sunjata or Jason George be more appropriate?

« Reply #36 on: June 08, 2014, 06:37 »
^^ Yeah, and they want all that for a dollar.
Models that goodlooking don't work cheaply.

You don't really need to find a beautiful face, just look for a model with a sixpack: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_13?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=shifter%20romance&sprefix=shifter+roman%2Caps%2C241

« Reply #37 on: June 09, 2014, 02:47 »
You might want to try ImageBrief. Alot of requests for photos suitable for book cover there. But yup, they are not microstock price.

gillian vann

  • *Gillian*
« Reply #38 on: June 15, 2014, 03:13 »
I have a real answer:  I live in the whitest place on the planet!  (I do have a couple models but not what you are looking for though.)  I moved to central Canada from Toronto and the lack-of-diversity was shocking!
I'm sorry, I find this odd. If I went to Kenya and lamented on the lack of Whiteys and Asians wouldn't you think I was nuts? frankly, only whiteys are crazy enough to live in such cold climes :)  And I might also challenge you with where I live as being the whitest place on the planet (apart from Ireland, and much of Scandinavia of course). The most "different" kids in my daughter's class at school are the 3 red heads!!

I wonder if there's fewer sexy red heads in stock (not women!)? anyone want to lament that?


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