There was a time when you could make a full-time living producing stock photography. That changed in the mid-90s with the introduction of royalty-free stock CDs. Digital photography and the rise of microstock created enormous downward pricing pressure on the industry.
Nevertheless, stock photography still satisfies a real need for generic photography at a (too) reasonable price when commissioned photography isn’t feasible. Sarah and Allen talk about stock as well as the co-opting of stock photos – like the “distracted boyfriend” – as fuel for memes in this episode of Vision Slightly Blurred.
We mention the following photographers, articles, and websites in this episode:
- The “distracted boyfriend”
- Antonio Guillem
- Funny or Die: Distracted Boyfriend Revealed
- Peloton @onepeloton
- Women laughing alone with salad
- Why does that stock photo exist?
- World Record Egg and the Meaninglessness of Likes
- The photographer behind the egg thinks “likes” are overrated
- Lean In Collection
- Refinery29’s “The 67% Collection”
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