16 Jun 2007 Who Owns Who

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.

Agency Owner Details
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.

Agency Owners Details
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.

3 Comments
  • LuckyQuib9
    Posted at 10:39h, 21 June Reply

    I personally love LO’s style. If they delivered sales like Istock, I’d probly go exclusive with them.

  • Joe
    Posted at 18:37h, 27 January Reply

    This page needs to be updated for 2012! I would really like to know who isn’t owned by Hellman & Friedman (owner of Getty Images) now.

    • Nicklas
      Posted at 06:23h, 26 July Reply

      Please update this, I am desperate to find out what company’s are owned by Getty Images!

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