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Photographic Agencies: Overview


This site features notes on a number of photo agencies and image libraries.


Agencies include -

  • Corbis
  • Getty
  • Magnum
  • Rapho


A perspective is offered by Exploiting Images & Image Collections in the New Media: Goldmine or Legal Minefield? (London: Kluwer 1999) edited by Barbara Hoffman. The answer to the question is of course that it is both a goldmine - Hoffman suggests that the market is worth upwards of US$1 billion with a 15% annual growth rate - and a minefield. Other reports argue that the global market for stock photography is worth around US$2 billion pa, with Getty having a 25% share.