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istock originated in 2000 with the upload of Bruce Livingston's personal files. He had boxes of CD-ROMs full of thousands of images ready to ship. At the last moment, he was seized with the belief that the old way of distributing images just wasn't going to work anymore. Maybe he just didn't want to lick that many stamps. Whatever the reason, he put all the images online for free, interested to see the reaction. He called it iStockphoto. Web designers loved it and downloaded as many pictures as they could. Some of them had digital cameras and started uploading images of their own. When the monthly bandwidth bills topped $10,000, Bruce polled the growing iStock community to find out if people would support paying for images.
In 2002, iStock began selling credits. Now you could get a high-quality image for under a dollar, and the artist who contributed it got paid a royalty. It was an entirely new way of doing things. Some people called it the birth of 'microstock'. We just call it iStock.
Christopher Boswell joined up in August 2010 and currently has a growing list of 100 images available online, Cmon over and see what's new! See you there!