Imagepick launches royalty-free image bank

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When two former C-level executives leave a monolith like Getty Images it’s a fair bet that they will go and create something smaller, faster moving and a lot less hide-bound by the restraints of picture royalties.

And sure enough that’s exactly what happened. Founded and funded by ex-Getty Images CFO Lawrence Gould and former Getty Images director of e-commerce, Tom Donnelly, ImagePick is a new startup which allows you to buy and own the rights to royalty free images so you can use them as much as you like for your marketing, websites, you name it. And the idea is not to provide royalty free pictures which are basically crap, as is the case normally. ImagePick has a team of editors who look at images prior to their being added to the database. It’s already got providers of royalty free images signed up, including Corbis, Jupiterimages, Blend, Rubberball and Westend61.

I like the Google-like interface and the big results page of thumbnails. Its also easy to add images to a ‘pasteboard’ and build up a selection for later purchase. It’s not for anyone however. ‘Web resolution’ images start at around £55.

Is this a Web 2.0 site? Probably not. No social networking, no widgets! But that’s not quite the issue. The implementation is pretty good and it does what it says on the tin. Plus, every image is tagged with the visual elements of the picture, I assume by editors. Adding tagging by users would be a smart move. I also think they should consider adding freely available PR/press photos – that would seed the market and help create more of a destination site for consumers as well as professionals.

  • Jay Adair

    From a usability point of view, the first thing that struck me was how you couldn’t right-click and open an image in a new tab or window. There’s javascript hindering this. A bit annoying when you’re trying to flick between list and detail views.

    The use of classic ASP is interesting as well. Perhaps they dug out a dusty old shelved product from Getty for their own uses :)

    The photos are very American looking as well, at least for the term I used ‘motorcycles’. This is pretty much always the case when I look at image libraries, which puts me off. Perhaps I should approach them and offer our photos which are UK shot.

    Otherwise, I don’t see how this differs from a hundred other libraries out there, and at that price, as you say, it’s setting a high minimum bar.

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  • Robin Blandford

    Hi Mike,

    I don’t see what’s special about this to make TCUK. Our family business has been doing it years. See for almost 3 million images from an aggregation of 69 international suppliers. Lots of European influence in them too, rather than American. Interesting sales models too, including an ‘all-you-can-eat’.

    imagepick is using the 20/20 image sales web app (you’ll find it on many sites), which in my opinion having tested a few, is not great.


  • Mike Butcher

    Robin – interesting, thanks, for the heads-up

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