BrightQube has developed an ingenious way to search for stock photos: on a full-screen visual grid. Enter your search term and watch hundreds of small thumbnail image results start popping up. BrightQube offers over 1 million images from well-known royalty-free stock houses (Corbis RF, Banana Stock, Brand X) as well as individual photographers.
Karen Horton (Little, Brown and Company) pointed me to this interesting site: Covering Photography, "a web-based archive and resource for the study of the relationship between the history of photography and book cover design."
This site is a catalog of photo-driven covers, focusing on the photographers, of course. However, you can search by designer, photographer, title, etc.
I just received the Communication Arts Photo Annual in the mail. As I scanned through the pages of award-winning photographs, something began to bother me. The majority of the photos are such downers. Starving models, the War in Iraq, a dead, dehyrdated horse carcass, a child smoking, refugees, bloody tiger, bloody manatee, dead fish and more refugees. It goes on and on. I mean, these photos are absolutely beautiful in their execution done by extremely deserving photographers. But, the selections are so—morose.
I'm not asking for rainbows and butterflies. But a broader cross-section of subject matter would have been nice. It seems one-third of the winners are photos of the Lebanese-Syrian conflicts. Does this have to do with the judging committee or with the submissions? I don't know. But it definitely leaves one feeling that the world is coming apart at the seams. And I understand that is what a photograph is intended to do—evoke emotinon in the viewer. But, what about other emotions besides sadness and despair? How about perplexing or amusing or awe-inspiring photos? Or at least more of them.