Stock photographs are images that have been
taken by photographers or are images from
historical or other archives that are licensed
for use in various media such as advertising,
books, brochures, magazines, TV, multi-media,
etc. The images are owned by the copyright
holder. The Image Works acts as the licensing
agent and distributor to make images in
its collection available for usage.
All of the images in our archive are rights
protected. That means that when an image
is licensed it can be used only for the
specific usage covered in the license agreement.
Any usage other than those conveyed in the
written license agreement must be negotiated
and paid for to avoid copyright violation.
Restrictions may apply to how an image may
be used. The Image Works has both editorial
and commercial stock photography in its
archive. Editorial images are used to "educate
and inform" they are not used to endorse
or sell a product or service. Images that
are appropriate for editorial use may not
be appropriate for commercial usage. This
is a complex area. Please contact us if
you have questions about the appropriateness
of an image usage.
Actually it is pretty easy. In fact as they
get bigger and bigger it gets even easier
to compete. Our object has never been to
become the Wal-Mart of the Stock Photo industry.
We have never felt that we need to be "everything
to everybody." In fact we are very pleased
to be able to carefully focus on the area
that we do best and where we have the most
experience; namely editorial stock photography.
Our entire philosophy is based on addressing
the needs of editorial picture buyers. We
have a very healthy commercial division
as well for advertising clients who need
editorial imagery. We have invested heavily
in technology and have created a streamlined
and efficient digital workflow that makes
The Image Works very competitive both in
content and pricing when compared to the
goliaths out there. We have been in this
business since 1983. That gives us more
than 20 years experience responding to the
needs of stock photo buyers.
Most of us are familiar with going to
a Wal-Mart type store believing that they
had the best selection and the best deal
only to find that what is available is a
rather limited selection that basically
addresses the average person's general needs.
Ask for something a little bit different
and you're told, "It does not exist."
Our years of experience working with editorial
imagery have taught us that picture buyers'
needs are often very exacting and precise.
Sure, it would be very easy to pick out
the top 10% of our archive, scan it and
get rid of the rest the way that other stock
agency giants have done. In fact, from a
strictly bottom line approach, that makes
sense. Our object is, and always has been,
to provide the best and most comprehensive
selection of images we can to our clients.
Limiting our selection to only those images
that have proven sales potential would be
a disservice to the diverse needs of our
clients and an insult to the hard working
photographers who confide their work to
All images in our archive are Rights Managed.
We do not have Royalty Free images. The
licensing fee to use an image depends on
how the image will be used. We will need
specific information about how you intend
to use an image in order to quote you the
most advantageous price.
How will the image(s) be used; advertising,
magazine editorial, textbook, trade book,
What is the intended print run?
What size will the image be used?
Will it be used inside or on the cover?
Will it be distributed in the US, North
America, the World, etc.?
Will there be any secondary uses for the
image such as on a web site or as a poster?
Will the publication be in more than one
Our research staff are highly trained and
specialized experts. They are available
to help you find even the most exacting
and obscure image. In addition to our online
archive we have access to over 20 million
images through our international network
of affiliate agencies.
There are a number of ways to request
custom research and a lightbox:
- Email your request or spec list to
- Fax your request or spec list to:
- Call to speak with one of our research
specialists 800-475-8801 or 845-679-8500
- Fill out our online
When requesting research it is helpful
if you can provide as many details and as
much information as possible. For example,
"Mothers and daughters" is very broad and
general; however, "A mother and her teenage
daughter talking" is more specific. Also,
please let us know your specific deadline.
For most images in our online archive, the
answer is yes. But, there are specific limitations
and conditions. These prints are for personal
display only and may not be copied or reproduced
in any way nor may they be used in trade
shows or for any commercial or business
purpose. Check here for more information
about ordering a decorative print.