What is Stock Photography


One important income stream for photographers is stock photography. As I interact with professional photographers around Africa and in my own country, South Africa, I am often surprised at how misunderstood the stock photography market is. As a professional needing to survive in a market where there is currently a glut of photography, understanding various photo income streams is of vital importance so you can place yourself and your work appropriately in those markets. Rosanne Larsen, who founded and runs the Africa Media Online picture library, provides a succinct introduction to the world of stock photography in this Shutha article, What is Stock Photography?

This picture of the Aids Ribbon monument in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa has sold again and again because it is representative of an issue that needs to be illustrated again and again. PHOTO: David A. Larsen
This picture of the Aids Ribbon monument in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa has sold again and again because it is representative of an issue that needs to be illustrated again and again.