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Microstock Photography by Douglas Freer

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CHAPTER 1 Understanding the Microstock Revolution

ABOUT STOCK PHOTOGRAPHY

Don’t panic. This is not a lecture on the history of stock photography, but a few words of explanation may help set the scene for what happened in April 2000 when the first microstock image library was born, signaling the beginning of a revolution in the stock photography industry.

You don’t need to be told that we live in an image-intensive world. Just step in to any newdealer’s office and flick through a few magazines and books. Nearly every modern written publication is filled with images—and in the past few years, the Internet has added a whole new dimension to this insatiable demand for pictures of every kind (Figure 1.1). Most of the photos you see in books, magazines, ...

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