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March 18, 2014
"Butcher with a lion head with arms folded standing in front of red meat" is my new favorite stock photo.

"Butcher with a lion head with arms folded standing in front of red meat" is my new favorite stock photo.

15:41 // 1 month ago
December 11, 2013
Here it is, internet. The laziest stock photo ever created.

Here it is, internet. The laziest stock photo ever created.

15:36 // 4 months ago
November 13, 2013
I mean, I don’t know why people should hate me because it’s just a photo. I didn’t design the website. I didn’t make it fail, so I don’t think they should have any reasons to hate me.
Adriana, the model used on HealthCare.Gov • Asking her haters (of which there are many, apparently) to back off in an interview with ABC News. And in case you were wondering, she didn’t ask for her photo to be removed. While Adriana isn’t a U.S. citizen (she’s a permanent resident from Colombia who is married to a U.S. citizen), she is eligible for healthcare via the website, but hasn’t signed up for herself yet.
12:58 // 5 months ago
September 24, 2013

bobbycaputo:

The Best in Absurd Stock Photography

Earlier this summer Gettycritics.com, a new website that makes fun of lousy or absurd stock photography, was posted on Reddit. Six days later it had a million hits. Now they’ve released a dubbed video mocking bad stock footage (below).

Gettycritics.com is the brainchild of Andrew MacPhee and Bart Batchelor, both art directors who constantly need stock photography for campaigns. Over time they’ve looked at thousands and thousands of images and in all their searching they’ve noticed that some stock photos don’t quite work.

For example, there’s the photo they once ran across that showed a happy family eating breakfast but the dad was pouring the kid a cup of coffee. Or the one they found that showed a family out raking leaves, not in their front yard, but in some random park.

“We started finding all kinds of these photos that are seemingly normal but also have something fundamentally absurd,” says MacPhee, who used to work at the same agency as Batchelor, but recently moved to a new one.

Pointing out these oddities seemed like a perfect blog idea so back in July the pair created Gettycritics.com, named after Getty Images, which has a humongous photography archive and was the first place they usually turned for stock.

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Note the center one, in which the family is eating spaghetti and ketchup.

21:56 // 6 months ago
March 18, 2013
12:38 // 1 year ago
July 31, 2012

Outlook.com guy looks like the Encyclopedia Brittanica guy, all grown up: Not saying, Microsoft. Just saying. This is what you’re gonna show us when you’re trying to get us to sign up for a new e-mail service?

17:44 // 1 year ago
May 23, 2012

Rad Getty Images ad of the day: It’s not all cheesy illustrations of Facebook in the Getty database. Ad firm Almap BBDO had image researchers look through thousands of Getty Images files to find the right 873 that told a consistent story in a single minute. The flow of the images is perfect. Pretty amazing. (note: ad is safe for work, but there’s a little sexy time at the beginning)

10:29 // 1 year ago
May 15, 2012
18:55 // 1 year ago
December 4, 2011
jamesurbaniak:

A couple of days after Herman Cain’s campaign website deleted the much-mocked stock photo on its Women For Cain page (the ladies giving thumbs up were not only not actual Cain supporters but possibly not actual Americans), the newly launched TheCainSolutions.com features a stock photo of a farmer in Quebec. (Here’s a blog post from March by Montreal photographer Nicolas McComber about his discovery that another photo from his farmer series was used in a Canadian political ad, which he regarded as an infringement of iStockphoto’s licensing agreement.)

We can guarantee that TheAbelSolutions.com, which we registered on a lark yesterday, does not use this stock photo. However, we did steal the code from TheCainSolutions for purposes of creating a parody.

jamesurbaniak:

A couple of days after Herman Cain’s campaign website deleted the much-mocked stock photo on its Women For Cain page (the ladies giving thumbs up were not only not actual Cain supporters but possibly not actual Americans), the newly launched TheCainSolutions.com features a stock photo of a farmer in Quebec. (Here’s a blog post from March by Montreal photographer Nicolas McComber about his discovery that another photo from his farmer series was used in a Canadian political ad, which he regarded as an infringement of iStockphoto’s licensing agreement.)

We can guarantee that TheAbelSolutions.com, which we registered on a lark yesterday, does not use this stock photo. However, we did steal the code from TheCainSolutions for purposes of creating a parody.

22:21 // 2 years ago
April 14, 2011
thedailywhat:

Vegan Beef of the Day: While scrolling through VegNews one day, the Level 5 Vegans @ QuarryGirl stumbled upon something rather unsavory: It seems “the nation’s premier print and online vegan magazine” has been purchasing iStockphotos of decidedly non-vegan meals, then photoshopping them to appear “vegan,” and slapping them on the site’s recipes.
Though the scandal is delectable, vegans everywhere are losing their appetite for VegNews, and subsequently canceling their subscriptions in droves (QuarryGirl says it not only canceled its subscription, but also shipped back the award it received from the publication).
FWIW, VegNews issued a statement [pdf] blaming the usage of meat-based stockphotos on cost constraints, saying “it is simply not financially feasible for VegNews at this time [to use custom-shot photography for every spread].”
[quarrygirl / blogtown.]

Well, this is pretty much the funniest thing ever. The photos reveal two things: That the vegetarian magazine writes their articles without taking photos of the food they’re talking about (bad on its own) and that the food isn’t even vegetarian. Score one for awesome.

thedailywhat:

Vegan Beef of the Day: While scrolling through VegNews one day, the Level 5 Vegans @ QuarryGirl stumbled upon something rather unsavory: It seems “the nation’s premier print and online vegan magazine” has been purchasing iStockphotos of decidedly non-vegan meals, then photoshopping them to appear “vegan,” and slapping them on the site’s recipes.

Though the scandal is delectable, vegans everywhere are losing their appetite for VegNews, and subsequently canceling their subscriptions in droves (QuarryGirl says it not only canceled its subscription, but also shipped back the award it received from the publication).

FWIW, VegNews issued a statement [pdf] blaming the usage of meat-based stockphotos on cost constraints, saying “it is simply not financially feasible for VegNews at this time [to use custom-shot photography for every spread].”

[quarrygirl / blogtown.]

Well, this is pretty much the funniest thing ever. The photos reveal two things: That the vegetarian magazine writes their articles without taking photos of the food they’re talking about (bad on its own) and that the food isn’t even vegetarian. Score one for awesome.

17:08 // 3 years ago