Now that the big businesses of the stock photography industry are taking an interest in the microstock revolution, there are quite a few big names behind the current microstock faces. Let’s take a look.
Owned by the Larger Agencies
The following microstock agencies are owned by large companies established in the stock photography industry.
|iStockphoto||Getty Images||Getty purchased iStockphoto for $50million in 2006|
|StockXpert||Jupiterimages||Jupiterimages purchased 49.7% of HAAP Media Ltd, the hungarian operator of StockXpert, in January 2006, raising it to 90% in November|
|SnapVillage*||Corbis||Corbis launched SnapVillage as a completely new agency in June 2007|
|123rf||InMagine||123rf is a wholly owned subsidiary of InMagine|
Owned by Original Entrepreneurs
The following microstock agencies are still owned by the entreprenuers who built them.
|ShutterStock||Jon Oringer||Oringer founded ShutterStock and is CEO|
|Dreamstime||Serban Enache||Enache co-founded Dreamstime and is CEO|
|Fotolia||Oleg Tscheltzoff||Tscheltzoff is the co-founder and president of Fotolia|
|CanStockPhoto||Duncan Enman||Business student Enman created and owns CanStockPhoto|
|BigStockPhoto||Dawn & Tim Donahue||The Donahues founded and own BigStockPhoto|
|LuckyOliver||Bryan Zmijewski||Zmijewski founded LuckyOliver and is Chief Instigator|
|Crestock||Geir Are Jensen||Jensen founded Crestock and is Chairman|
*Update 2007-06-25: Corbis today launched their microstock offering, SnapVillage.
Posted June 16th, 2007 by Lee Torrens