This August 15th the very first annual Skateboard Film Festival will drop in on Seattle WA. This three day event will include not only screenings, but skate jams, workshops, and industry meet and greet just to name a few. Submissions are open to everyone and and can be sent at www.theskateboardfilmfestival.com
Thanks to everyone who worked so hard (Josh Letchworth,Wade Simmons, Bell, Mark Epstein, Brett Ferguson, Nemo and StudioNemo) on the shoot, the City of Seattle and the Evergreen Mt. Bike Alliance for use of the I-5 Colonnade Park.
Qwest stadium hosted the 3rd annual Downtown Throwdown in Seattle this weekend. Krush Kulesza of Snowboy Productions headed up the show With over 8,000 dollars in loot to be given out. All riders were determined to snag that top spot. Up to the challenge were some of snowboardings best up and coming jibbers. Jesse Burtner ruled the crowd with an iron mic, on hand to judge the event were Pro shreds Sean Genovese, Jon Kooley, Darrel Mathis and Austin Smith. Hammers were thrown bodies were broken and when the smoke cleared, Jed Anderson was the only survivor. Taking 1st place a bag of loot back home. Click ahead to see some eye candy I snapped of the action! (more…)
BARBIE DOLLS, 2008Partial ZoomDetails of Actual Print Size Seattle Photographer Chris Jordan critiques American culture using statistics, waste and consumption. His work attempts to convey magnitude that is sometimes hard to imagine in statistical quantities. The actual print is 60″x80″ and composed of smaller individual photos. Barbie Dolls (2008) depicts 32,000 Barbies, which is equal to the number of elective breast augmentation surgeries performed monthly in the United States in 2006. It’s mind boggling to look at and gives me the same overwhelming feeling as star gazing. Check out this video of Jordan talking about the culture of consumption.
Almost a decade ago I worked in the tech support/customer service department for a small online stock photo agency named Photodisc. It was a privately owned creative company located in Seattle Washington specializing in stock photos that were high-end yet royalty-free. Soon after starting there, we were acquired by a larger ‘umbrella’ company called Getty Images. At the time Getty had only been recently formed by the acquisition of Tony Stone images, a rights-managed stock photo company that specialized in high-end advertising and editorial photography. Not long after the PhotoDisc merger Getty moved their headquarters to Seattle from London. Over the next two years we were joined by many other smaller stock agencies that all specialized in markets in which Getty wanted control. Eyewire was a royalty-free font and illustration provider, Imagebank was owned by Eastman Kodak and represented one of the largest collections at the time. Swanstock represented art photography used as book covers and or corporate art. There were many, many more (including film, music, etc) after that until after a decade of acquisitions, most recently iStock, Getty now owned the largest image collection in the world. Finally beating out their only real competitor Corbis Images(owned by Bill Gates). For a much more detailed account of Getty’s history, check out this site.
Today we find out that Getty is up for sale. Getty was the first company to license images online but after a decade of climbing to the top their stock has been steadily declining over the past year, by 47% according to the NY Times article. During that time many new stock photo companies have started licensing more and more less expensive royalty-free images(you license the image once and can use as many times as you like model vs. paying for every use as in rights-managed imagery). Also, sights like Alamy.com that allow the photographer to upload already scanned images at will, have opened the market up to a much lower level of quality and cost. A friend of mine that runs a stock photo company has recently been hinting at the fact that the industry was in trouble so I’m not completely surprised that Getty is trying to get out of the game before the whole business model changes once again. Just as when stock photography was born and independent photographers would protest at Getty’s booth at trade shows calling the “end of commissioned photography”, it is once again a time of change. I’m not sure yet exactly how it will turn out but I have a feeling the independent photographer will somehow come out on top.