Stocksy is a stock photo cooperative owned and operated by its artists. Built by veterans of iStockphoto and its founder Bruce Livingstone, we are creating an agency that brings peace of mind by promoting open and transparent communication while establishing successful, sustainable careers through profit sharing and co-ownership with our artists.
We started working on Stocksy in Los Angeles in March 2012.
Photographers came to us en masse. They all said the same thing. They wanted more. They were disillusioned and frustrated with the state of affairs in the industry– artists were not fairly paid for the work they were creating.
They were right. In fact, when we starting to think through what the next phase of the maturation for this industry would look like, we took it even a step further. Not only were artists not fairly compensated, they were left out of benefiting from equity (ownership), even though they were the ones creating the long term value of the company by building its collection. We wanted to change that and create a corporate structure where photographers not only receive fair payment, but are also voting shareholders.
We’re proud to introduce to you to Stocksy, a multi-stakeholder cooperative that is founded upon the principles of equality, respect and the fair distribution of profits. We built this cooperative to specifically not keep any cash, paying out its profits each year in dividends – making us a non-target for investment and more importantly eliminating any type of corporate exit strategy. By design, we built a company to eliminate any threats to our ideals.
The traditional corporate structure at its very core stands in opposition to the stability of photographers income and sustainability of the marketplace. The demand for constant growth and exponential profits has proved unmanageable and dwindles the rewards of the artists leaving them disenfranchised and resentful. The photographers often feel that their careers are out of their own control. Stocksy is breaking this cycle and returning the power and the profits to the artists.
Stocksy management is a group of photo industry veterans, bound by our genuine respect for the craft and for our artists/co-owners. We have intentionally set high quality and curatorial standards for Stocksy to ensure that the stock you find on our site is authentic, intelligent, beautiful, realistic and inherently useful. We will revolutionize licensed photography not only with our co-op structure, but by making great images accessible for a reasonable price while simultaneously raising the industry standard.
We have built Stocksy to be something remarkable. We have high standards and high hopes. We invite you to come explore Stocksy and let us know what you think.