Author Archives: Guido Koppes


AGE FotoStock Portfolio

AGE FotoStock portfolio of Guido Koppes

AGE FotoStock portfolio of Guido Koppes

Not everyone always realizes, there are more stock photography agents besides ShutterStock, iStock, Adobe Stock & Dreamtime. Usually cheap and low to medium quality, there are premium images available for licensing too … The Barcelona based AGE FotoStock is one of them … Established approximately 1973, they were the first to offer their collections on the Internet in 1998, using their own IT technology. AGE Fotostock is one of the very few photographer run agencies, accumulating a wealth of experience on the industry. Now offering RM, RF and LBRF collections, photographs, video’s and illustrations from their own photographers and distributing portfolia from colleague agencies. Absolutely worth taking a good look at!


Verlangen naar Swier

Made a portrait this week of Rotterdam born Wim Dubois, a nearly 90 year old World War II veteran, who spend parts of his childhood in a remote, rural village of south-East Netherlands. He wrote a book about his experiences during 1943 – 1945 era … Want to read the full article in Dutch on the site of Regional Newspaper De Limburger? Click Here!

 

Wim Dubois over Swier


Analog Photography

Recent developments in photography show, that analog images are again being made. People started experimenting with old skool vintage camera’s, using all kinds of analog film, sometimes even years old, chemicals to develop these films, and dark rooms to process them. Generating wow photography.

As others, I’ve always been busy with photo production. First as an amateur, since 2005 professionally. Was busy with analog photography on retro black and white film, which I developed and processed myself. Most of the times anyway. So I created a whole bunch of negatives, stored in old shoe boxes downstairs in the basement of which I thought they weren’t suitable for my agencies, like AGE FotoStock. Turned out they were, how surprised I was!

So, for you I’ve prepared a small selection from scan’s I made past six months or so, after reorganizing all these shoe boxes into one new, professionally organized archive. Over the years past, images were made with a Minolta X700, a Yashica viewfinder, a Pentax MP5, a Sinar technical camera, and a Rolleiflex twin lens reflex. Actually any camera I could grap these days. Much of these images, and a few additionals, are also available on AGE FotoStock, where they can be licensed for publication. Want to take a peek? Click Here!! Enjoy!!


De Cooperatie

A group of freelance journalists working from Amsterdam, The Netherlands, from their own Seat & Meet place, where they produce (editorial) stories for their assignors, newspapers and magazines. It’s actually a collective of journalists, called: “De Cooperatie“. Meanwhile having acces to all kinds of services; like: websites, funds; a publishing platform (Reporters Online), a payment portal, and lots and lots more. A modest photo report on their new office with lots and lots of space.

Guerrilla style photography; a modest briefing, and with mobile equipment, like a small camera, a laptop and an internet connection, I went to Amsterdam, met the assignor, shot the images she needed, processed them, send them over to my assignor ready for use in a brochure. Within two hours I finished my assignment, and even had some time to send the invoice, which was nicely payed within two weeks. Chapeau!


Photo-Journalists on Strike in The Netherlands!

The Hague, Netherlands. Today, January 25th, 2019, 450 Dutch photo journalists went on strike, not sending any pictures to agencies and media, due to decreasing prices and revenues. Including Union NVJ they believe pricing models are not sustainable to support the profession, and grieves have to be met.

Today Photo-Journalists in The Netherlands went on strike due to the ever decreasing prices “the market” offers them for their work. About 450 professionals were supported by Union: Dutch Federation of Journalists (NVJ) in an effort to stop this decline and make the profession more sustainable.

The NVJ’s campaign has three demands: a 14 per cent increase in rates, respect for creators’ rights and the equalization of online and print tariffs. Especially since print media are predicted to disappear and will go exclusively online, equalization of prises is important.

The Hague, Netherlands. Today, January 25th, 2019, Dutch photo journalists went on strike, not sending any pictures to agencies and media, due to the eer decrasing prices and revenues. Inclusing Union NVJ they believe pricing models are not sustainable and their grieves have to be met.

The NVJ has asked journalists to express solidarity with photojournalists by highlighting the campaign, including the news in editorial columns or broadcasts and everyone can express support on social media using the hashtags #fotolozevrijdag #fotojournalistiekheefteenprijs … Furthermore, the Dutch union says photojournalists are no longer prepared to accept being told, “we can’t pay more” or “we don’t negotiate collectively but with the individuals”.

The Dutch Protests are supported by international organizations, the British NUJ being one of them. “Last week, the NUJ’s national executive council met in London, offered resounding support for the dispute, and issued the following statement:  “The National Executive of the National Union of Journalists in Britain and Ireland welcomes the move by photographer members of the Nederlandse Vereniging van Journalisten (NVJ) to campaign for better rates of pay. This council notes that freelance photographers in the Netherlands are planning to strike on 25 January to put pressure on publishers and other media to improve rates. This council resolves to send a message of support to colleagues in the Netherlands. This council undertakes to publicise this action among photographers and other freelance journalists in the UK and Ireland and encourage them, where possible, to not supply media outlets in the Netherlands on 25 January, or for publication on 26 January.”

According to the NVJ January 25th will be the first day of protest by photographers. In the upcoming few weeks media organizations will be visited by large number of protesters and delegations of Union representatives to initiate talks.


Is (Stock) Photography going Bankrupt?

It seems a tradition to reflect back to developments once a year comes to an end. Although positive stories always feel better during the Holidays, maybe the future will be more rewarding. In the end. Since especially the past two years, 2017 & 2018, developments in the industry of (stock)photography are not what the should have been.

Revenues for (stock) photographers and image agencies showed a very sharp decrease. Speaking for just me; 2018 I earned just over € 2.800 from stock, using four agencies. These agencies earned me over € 4.700 back in 2016, a drop down of over 40% in just two years. In the past year (2018) average prices of individual images plummeted by a staggering 60%, although the volume is sales increased. So, more of my images were used in publications and on the Internet, but revenues decreased by a double digit percentage. Not very sustainable, as it seems.

However, customers and image buyers have en masse discovered micro stock and Creative Commons as a very cheap source of images with an increasing quality. So, why should they refer to traditional, general stock-agencies and press agencies charging traditional, Rights Managed prices for single images? At the moment, the entire South-American continent is lost to the Shutterstock’s with huge advertising budgets, building up their names within the industry. Turkey seems to be following, as is the North-West European region (Belgium, Netherlands and huge parts of Scandinavia).

Entering Berlin, Germany by Dusk. Will it stay Dusk?

This resulted in a huge increase of competition, and therefor rapidly declining prices Globally, and especially in the North-West of Europe, were many, may stock-agencies were bought by press agencies, because they could not survive on their own. Norway has done it, and this year The Netherlands has showed a couple of takeovers by Talpa’s press agency ANP, buying Hollandse Hoogte, Nationale Beeldbank and Holland in Beeld, were Regiostock and Novum Photo were already taken over some years ago. Many other, European agencies have seized to exist due to bad market conditions and rapidly declining revenues. Over 300 of them plummeted out of business the past three years or so.

In the proces thousands of photographers were “asked to leave” their agencies, causing a huge influx of new uploads towards creative commons and microstock agencies, like Shutterstock, thus increasing the competition some more. And I can’t blame these image professionals, for seeking publication channels and a new source of income, since they have to pay their bills, whether they want to or not. Many more photographers decided to shut down their business and and retire or try something entirely different to earn a living.

Meanwhile image infringements are increasing by a huge, triple digit factor, annually, giving an entire new industry the time of day. The Copytrack’s, Image Rights and Permission Machines have seen an exponential crowd in revenues, pursuing not payed for image use and outdated licences, outright theft and copy paste practises by image users. Personally I’ve seen an increase in received payments for infringements from € 0,00 to € 1.400,00 in just one year! And this year isn’t even over yet. There is more to come in 2019! Personally, I would like to earn my money by selling licenses, and producing assignments, not by suing infringers. But hey, it seems to be the way to go, nowadays. And since the decline in revenues from traditional stock, I (and many colleagues with me) just need the money to stay alive to produce new photo’s.

Paralel, entire markets vanish due to political developments. Parts of Spain, the entire Middle-East and countries in Eastern Europe vanished from collection reports of many photographers and agencies due to turmoil in society, civil war, international, economic sanctions and more. I suspect this turmoil will end in some years to come, but it won’t be in the foreseeable future, I am afraid.

I believe 2019 will be an “interesting” year! I cannot predict how the industry will develop, if prices for stock-images will rise and if new assignments will pour in. I suspect more, colleague photographers wil start their search for another occupation. Jim Pickerell, a very well experienced (stock)photographer, also writing about industry developments, retired due to his age, and on the go stated (stock)photography will be merely a hobby for enthousiasts, earning their pay somewhere else. Perhaps he is right, it suddenly feels this was for me and many others.

However, things are not all that gloomy and bad; just stating what’s going on inside the industry. And there are positive developments to mention aswel. Now year’s end in nearing news came along, that Dutch photographers and photojournalists, supported by the Dutch Federation of Journalists, are preparing to make their stand. Rapidly declining prices for images, sometimes by double digit percentages, monopolies and copyright issues forced them to formulate demands towards publishers and agencies, who have time until January 11, 2019 to respond to this statement of discomfort. It’s an absolute first that photographers and photojournalists are preparing to strike, take publishers to court, and prepare other means of action to get out their message of: “No Further!”. And I am curious where this story will end up; I have “some hopes” for the best! However, they are merely “hopes” for the moment.

Pondering about new projects regarding Analog Photography inside a Friedrichshain Cafe.

A little further from daily life and inside “Brussels”, the EU Commission, Parliament and Council are debating a new copyright directive. Especially article 11 & 13 in this directive are “in debate”. This should protect the creative industry some more, especially in the internet. However, new developments during negotiations suggest some measures weaken the original intention for an increased protection of photographers and agencies in favour of large technology corporations. US lobby-organisations representing these Googles, Apples and Amazons are now firing up to defend their position through federal trade negotiations with the EU. This may result in legislation damaging the industry for years to come. CEPIC, the European Organisation for the Picture Industry is just one NGO who is trying to influence these negotiations.

Dealing with all these developments should not end at measures taken by others (as in: Agencies”) though. Mostly measures take years to implement, if at all successful. Personal and professional changes have to be made aswel and by (stock) photographers themselves. These individuals need to realise, that offering their work for pennies and dimes (or even for free) is not sustainable and will compete with their own colleagues. However, I am not first, stating Creative Commons and Micro Stock is there to stay. Offering exclusive to one agency, by photographers would be a more realistic expectation, since the market now requires this. It would decrease the number of images offered at multiple outlets for various prices and through different licensing models. A decrease of these widely available images and duplicates will slow down the decline of prices eventually, besides offering other benefits for photographers, aswel as agencies.

By the way, StockPhotography should not be the bases of your business model, merely a contribution to your total revenues, I believe. If you’re a professional, that is. Entrepreneurs make their living, offering multiple products and services towards clients and customers. In this case, within the creative industry. Besides offering stockphotography to international image buyers, I am available for assignments and commissions; I sell images from my archive directly; I give workshops and courses about different aspects of (stock)photography; and sometimes I even volunteer my camera to not for profit foundations, like Roparun. On top of this all I manage an Airbnb room inside my apartment to pay for at least some of my bills and on occasion I work for Tilburg University / Fontys, doing something entirely different. I try not to be glued to past models of earning, although I realise that, by managing an Airbnb room, I myself compete with the traditional Hospitality Industry aswel. Local Mercure and Bastion Hotels won’t like it, I am sure! But it offers me revenues and contacts I wouldn’t have had, if I sad down and do nothing at all.

I sincerely believe that photographers should organise themselves. Globally. I value the uprising of colleagues in The Netherlands as a good thing, since this industry needs to be made sustainable somehow, and photographers need to make themselves heard. This will have to start with photographers themselves, stating they are highly skilled professionals and entrepreneurs, entitled to a decent pay for their efforts one way or another. However, these photographers need to learn, that it should not be all about blaming and shaming of others. They need to transform themselves aswel. Somehow. Our profession is a-change and will never return to what it has been. My advise would be: start talking with your colleagues, meet them and find solutions of issues at hand. Sit your butt down and have a beer and a meal. Then start debating and figure out strategies on how to deal with them. On a personal level and on the industry level. Since the attitude of staying inside your old fashioned, individual bubble, and hope for the best, has definitely proven not to work!


Acties Nederlandse FotoJournalisten

“De NVF wil dat mediabedrijven zich committeren aan toekomstbestendige fototarieven en stelt hen schriftelijk drie eisen: indexatie van de tarieven met 14% (inflatiecorrectie vanaf 2010); het gelijkstellen van online tarieven aan printtarieven; zeggenschap over auteursrechten. Als de mediabedrijven niet bereid blijken om op korte termijn in gesprek te gaan en tegemoet te komen aan de eisen, volgt op 25 januari een landelijke actiedag.”

Dit zegt Eric Brinkhorst, voorzitter van de NVF, de sectie FotoJournalisten van de NVJ. Na meerdere bijeenkomsten met fotojournalisten en signalen uit de branche, is de maat nu echt vol. De ontwikkelingen bij de ANP-Groep, die eerst Hollandse Hoogte en daarna Nationale Beeldbank inlijfde, en nu dreigt de prijzen per 2019 naar beneden aan te passen, is maar een voorbeeld. Ook De Persgroep ligt onder vuur, vanwege de rechtszaak die fotojournalist Ruud Rogier aanspande vanwege veel te lage vergoedingen voor fotogebruik. De Persgroep erkent hierbij de Geschillen Commissie Auteurscontractrecht niet, waardoor de gang naar de Rechter de enige weg is, die nog openblijft.

Balding Man Wearing Glasses

Vaak zijn prijzen voor online gebruik gedaald tot enkele Euro’s per foto, terwijl je wel een hele dag in touw bent om die foto’s te maken en aan te leveren bij reactie, beeldbank of opdrachtgever. Sommige beeldagentschappen schenden daarnaast de afspraken met fotografen, door vergoedingen voor fotoverkoop overnight met soms tientallen procenten te verlagen. Ook eerder gemaakte afspraken met fotojournalisten over minimaal aantal opdrachten per maand worden door agentschappen met voeten getreden. Erik Brinkhorst roept iedereen bij de beeldbanken, zoals het ANP, Hollandse Hoogte en Nationale Beeldbank, dan ook op, om de lage (lees: online) tarieven uit te schakelen. Helaas is die optie niet overal ingebouwd in de systemen, en moeten fotografen contact opnemen met een redactie. Die vervolgens geen verkopen wil missen en, daarom aangeeft dat het uitzetten van lage, online tarieven niet mogelijk is.

Die dumptarieven, de zeer slechte werkomstandigheden en een aantal concrete conflicten, zijn er de oorzaak van, dat veel fotografen heel erg boos zijn geworden. De NVF haakt hier op in, door op te roepen tot concrete actie. Bij een minimale deelname van 200 fotografen, wordt er op 25 januari 2019 een landelijke actiedag georganiseerd. Tenzij de mediaorganisaties uiterlijk 11 januari hebben aangegeven met de NVJ / NVF in gesprek te gaan over de gestelde eisen. Omdat zelfs een Persgroep het bewust op een rechtszaak laat aankomen, verwacht ik niet dat deze deadline wordt gehaald.

Om de acties goed voor te bereiden, organiseert de NVF op dinsdag 15 januari 2019 vanaf 16.45 uur een kick-off bijeenkomst in het Van der Valk Hotel, hoofdveste 25 in Houten. Wil je jezelf aanmelden voor deze bijeenkomst en / of voor de landelijke actiedag op 25 januari 2019? Dat kan dan hier! Wil je het interview met Erik Brinkhorst zelf lezen? Dan kan dan hier! Ik ga er bij zijn! Jij ook?


Dutch market for Stock Photography Consolidates

The recent tsunami of takeovers within the Dutch market for Stock- and Press Photography continues with new developments: the take over of “Holland in Beeld“, and the merge of “Regio Stock” with “Nationale Beeldbank“, who itself was taken over by “Hollandse Hoogte” a few months back. Hollandse Hoogte was already acquired by ANP Photo during the summer of 2018, and ANP Photo itself was bough by Talpa Media, March this year. Of five agencies, which were in business last year, only three remain. And these three remaining stock photography and press-photo agencies are now entirely owned by just one owner instead of of the former five. And that one owner is Talpa Media. Will these development turn out to be a risk or a chance?

Organigram of Ownership

I wrote previously, that the Dutch market for online stockphotography had turned into a “buyers-market”, where image buyers where able to set prices for images. That’s called fierce competition. And, with declining budgets, and the bias that everything “on the internet” is free of charge, prices for photography sank to an all time low, the past three years or so. As Nationale Beeldbank itself states in his recent newsletter: “Many customers started seeking images at international microstock sites, buying for pennies and dimes.” Not quite a sustainable environment to work in, for an enterprise which has to make a profit to survive. In the proces photographers and contributors faced rapidly declining revenues, forcing them to seek an income elsewhere.

One disadvantage of large, international microstock websites is, that specialized Dutch stock images are hard to find. Collections are just to plastic and generic for most, professional images buyers. This newly formed, much larger image- and media corporation, is able to counter balance just that. Typically Dutch Collections of images, video and more can soon be found on just one (or a very few) locations. On top of that, agencies van eliminate costs by combining resources, like sales-departments and sharing infrastructure, such as servers and software (PicturePack).

There might be a downside though: contributing photographers and photo-journalists themselves will remain vulnerable. When they left one agency in the past, for another (just to mention one example), they wil now have a hard time finding a new home if assignments are slowing down and revenues fall. On top of that, some critical issues are not jet resolved. Unclear is still, how prices for licensing of photography wil develop. Terms of contracts are even so still unclear. What happens with photographers, who have images available with multiple agencies, that are now somehow merged? Many image professionals are await of answers to their questions and remarks made earlier. The Dutch Association of Journalists (NVJ / NVF) is following the story as it unfolds. So are many other in the industry. Curiously and interested, but with just a but of “distance”.


Google Shows IPTC Fields in Google Images

Breaking news from CEPIC, the Center for the Picture Industry in Europe, yesterday, on September 27, 2018. Their talks with Google resulted in another succes for the photography industry.

Quote: “On 26 September, Google launched an important change in showing images online : creator and credit of photos as filled in the IPTC fields will now be displayed next to the image in Google Images.”

Google’s new development to show Author and Credit Line on Google Images is a very positive step forward for all visual content creators and their rights-holders. It is without a doubt a determined move showing that visual content is not an anonymous creation but the result of the creativity of an identifiable person.

This change follows a number of meetings with Google and consultations with stakeholders groups within the picture industry in Europe. As a founding member of the IPTC photo metadata group, CEPIC will work with its members toward a proper use of IPTC fields, to make picture professionals aware of best practices for using IPTC metadata to properly attribute their content with right information from the start.”

Google Images with Credit Line

Personally I believe this is one of the best results, that CEPIC made in the past year or so … It’s becoming clear to Google and it’s audience, that images and photographs are not Public Domain, but often the result of hard work and large investments by photographers, who are often dependent on an income, generated through The Internet. This is an important step towards educating the audience, that images are often copyright protected and that the photographer has a say in whether of not an image is used for a specific purpose or on a specific location.

Google Images with Credit Line

Link to the Google Blog Post, explaining these new developments.


Nationale Beeldbank Overgenomen (door Talpa’s Hollandse Hoogte)

Afgelopen donderdagavond werd het dan eindelijk bekend: het Nederlandse stockfoto bedrijf: Nationale Beeldbank is overgenomen door Hollandse Hoogte. Verrassend nieuws, omdat Hollandse Hoogte zelf, nog geen zes weken geleden, is overgenomen door het fotopersbureau ANP. Ook ANP zelf is onlangs overgenomen. Door het Talpa van John de Mol. In zijn nieuwsbrief geeft Nationale Beeldbank zelf aan, dat de overname is ingegeven door de moeilijke situatie in de Nederlandse markt voor stock- en beeldbankfotografie. Dat klinkt logisch, want deze markt is inderdaad oververzadigd, prijzen (en daarmee omzetten) dalen al jaren, terwijl het aantal fotografen, waaronder amateurfotografen alleen maar toeneemt. De spoeling is daarmee alleen maar dunner en dunner geworden. Niet alleen voor de fotografen zelf, ook voor de stockfotobureau’s en fotopersbureau’s zelf. Toch roept de manier waarop deze overname verloopt een paar vragen op.

Hierbij is de kwaliteit van de foto’s bij Nationale Beeldbank, in vergelijking met de premium fotografie van Hollandse Hoogte een voor de hand liggend dingetje. Volgens Bas van Beek heeft dat “zijn aandacht.”. “Er zijn bijna meer fotografen bij NBB, dan dat er foto’s zijn. Veel fotografen editen hun werk ook nauwelijks, en zetten daarmee te veel beelden in de beeldbank.” De komende tijd gaat gaat Hollandse Hoogte i.s.m. Nationale Beeldbank, deze beelden bekijken, en waarschijnlijk zal er hard worden geselecteerd. Deze strenge selectie gebeurde al eens eerder bij Nationale Beeldbank zelf … Enkele tientallen tot honderden fotografen werden toen bedankt voor hun “toewijding” en hun account werd verwijderd. Vaak was dit wat pijnlijk voor de fotografen zelf. De meesten hadden echter nauwelijks beeld online staan, laat staan dat ze verkopen realiseerden. Volgens mij is dit een goed ding, want het beperkt de concurrentie voor de professionele fotografen en het vergemakkelijkt het zoeken naar de juiste foto’s door klanten, die sneller gaan vinden wat ze zoeken.

Critical Chef at his Kitchen Door

Een andere vraag betreft het prijsbeleid, dat de nieuwe combinatie ANP Foto / Hollandse Hoogte / Nationale Beeldbank gaat voeren. Daarover is, een paar weken na de overname door ANP van Hollandse Hoogte, nog weinig bekend. Dat klanten en afnemers van de drie bedrijven geïntegreerd gaan worden, kan alleen maar een goed ding zijn. Zet er een sterk, commercieel team op, en je kunt bakken met geld verdienen. Zelfs grote klussen, zoals grote aanbestedingen, worden gemakkelijker, want je kunt er meer gespecialiseerde mensen op zetten. Maar er is nog weinig bekend over de licentiemodellen (Royalty Free of Right Managed, of eventueel Micro Royalty Free) die de nieuwe combinatie gaat vragen. Net als bij de overname van Hollandse Hoogte, liggen er nog vragen over de percentages die fotografen er gaan verdienen. Worden die opgetrokken naar de 55% van de verkoopprijs, die Hollandse Hoogte hun fotografen betaald? Of zijn er fotografen, die blijven steken op de soms 30%, die Nationale Beeldbank berekend? Vooralsnog Wacht Mijnheer Van Dale op Antwoord.

Positief ding is dan weer wel, dat de Pictoright vergoedingen niet meer in de licentievergoeding van Nationale Beeldbank zit verstopt, wat tot voor kort gebruikelijk was. Bas van Beek: “Ik ga die vergoedingen vanuit Pictoright zeker niet in mijn zak steken! Wel is het zo, dat daarvoor een werkbaar systeem moet worden bedacht, bij Nationale Beeldbank. In 2019 moeten de eerste betalingen gaan plaatsvinden.” Dat zie ik dan weer met vertrouwen tegenmoet, mede omdat Hollandse Hoogte zelf, die vergoedingen al doorbetaald, aan zijn fotografen. Bovendien is Pictoright hier zelf ook al een tijdje alert op.

Ander ding is de onduidelijkheid over het voortbestaan van Het Beeldhuis, waar Nationale Beeldbank onderdeel van was. Het bestaan van Nature in Stock, de “zuster” van NBB blijft nog onopgehelderd. Het Polygoon / Polyvisie Archief, dat het beeldhuis een paar jaar geleden aankocht? De opdrachtfotografie? Volgens Maarten Maas van Nature in Stock is het nog te vroeg om er iets zinnigs over te kunnen zeggen. Wat de afnemende concentratie van aanbieders voor professioneel, fotografisch beeld betekent voor de Nederlandse markt blijft daarmee nog onduidelijk. Erg veel concurrentie blijft er niet over, waardoor en ook naar fotografen een dominante positie kan ontstaan. Imageselect bestrijkt een heel ander gedeelte van de markt voor fotografie. Is ook meer een distributeur voor buitenlandse collecties.  En Holland in Beeld lijkt een stuk kleiner dan Nationale Beeldbank was, laat staan dat het de omvang benaderd van de ANP / Hollandse Hoogte  / Nationale Beeldbank combinatie. Voor fotografen, die “niet blij” worden van deze overname, is er weinig ruimte op de Nederlandse markt over, om met andere beeldbanken samen te werken.

Vooralsnog is wel duidelijk, dat de markt voor fotografie in Nederland flink wordt opgeschud, wakker gerammeld en gereorganiseerd. In minder dan twee jaar, volgde de ene reorganisatie op de andere overname. Dit kan uiteindelijk goed uitpakken. Maar vraag is en blijf: “Zullen fotografen langzaamaan weer wat meer gaan verdienen, dan de huidige, spreekwoordelijke  stuivers en dubbeltjes?” Dat blijft nog heel even cliffhanger!

Update 16 september 2018: In bovenstaand artikel gaf Bas van Beek aan, dat Nationale Beeldbank per 2019 de eerste Pictoright vergoedingen zou doorbetalen aan de aangesloten fotografen, na het uitwerken van een administratief systeem hiervoor. Dat was blijkbaar een “voorzichtige” opmerking, want inmiddels is de eerste betaling van Pictoright vergoedingen door fotografen ontvangen. “Iets” eerder dan verwacht ….

Lees ook het vervolg op dit verhaal: “Dutch Market for Stock Photography Consolidates