Welcome! Thank you for visiting this innovative global image directory portal for pre-eminent photographers & specialist collections. We’re using the picturehouse brand which was created in 2001 as the first live networking events in London and New York. The founder and owner is Michael Brown who is an industry veteran who started his career with Tony Stone in 1972.
I’m looking for discerning picture buyers, industry veterans, picture professionals, pre-eminent and specialist photographers to help improve and create a facility where you can find top quality images and the photographers who are acknowledged experts on their subject. We look forward to hearing from you.
If you want to know more here’s the philosophy behind the concept.
The industry has gone mad with millions of images being sold for peanuts with no rights control and it’s virtually impossible to find exclusive content from pre-eminent and specialist photographers unless you know who they are.
The main purpose of this directory is to create a centre of excellence within our industry and the first step is to create a community of photographers who produce high quality images and care about how they are used and require realistic rates for reproduction. This may sound old fashioned but our maxim is quality not quantity.
Photographers cannot exist in isolation and therefore as we develop their community we will put as much effort into creating a group of discerning picture buyers, who I believe are an endangered species! We’re talking thousands not millions of picture professionals who need to communicate to survive, flourish and enjoy their work.
That’s probably enough to get you started in exploring the functionality of this site but if you want more read on.
If you’re old enough, before the web, you may remember The Picture Researcher’s Handbook, Picture Sources, The Black Book and a few other specialist directories. There’s nothing on the web that comes close to the comprehensive in-depth information on specialist image suppliers that these books contained. That’s another reason for creating this resource.
I founded picturehouse in 2001, launching jointly in London & New York. These exclusive networking events spawned many similar events around the world, notably in the US where picturehouse morphed into Visual Connections. Taking this basic concept I realised many years ago that it was necessary to provide a similar web-based facility where like-minded professionals could share their expertise and enhance their professional development.
I’m indebted to a number of industry suppliers who have helped develop this dream, some would say a nightmare because I’ve been discussing this concept with some of them for more than five years!
All constructive criticism is welcome and should be addressed to the founder and author Michael Brown – firstname.lastname@example.org / +44 (0)7795 264 156
The Future… is now!
This directory is the first stage of a major new initiative which was started in 2010. We are seeking experienced industry professionals to act as ambassadors in every country.
We have now created a collection of images that represent pre-eminent specialist photographers around the world. Best of breed in every visual discipline, just one example would be Bryan & Cherry Alexander www.arcticphoto.com of course there are thousands more to be found and promoted.
The concept is to create a centre of excellence where picture buyers can go to find the very best content without having to trawl through millions of images. Whilst the original concept was founded in stock photography we are now looking at extending our coverage to include all professional photographers; social, commercial, fine art, photo journalists and young new talent.