Corbis Celebrates 20 Years of Stock Photography

A look behind the scenes of notable images and a Twitter contest mark the anniversary of the oldest major online stock photography company.

Corbis provides photography, illustration, footage, typefaces and rights clearance services through its Corbis, Corbis Motion, Veer and GreenLight sites. To mark the first 20 years, the firm is providing several initiatives that demonstrate the depth of its content collection and what lies behind some of the imagery. A new area on the Corbis site dubbed Storied provides a look at the backstory of selected images thanks to the comments of "writers, heroes, celebrities, photographers and other people who were there when the shutter snapped."

This is a great idea and while the images chosen might have benefited from less emphasis on Hollywood, there are enough real-world shots with accompanying text, such as the one below covering Soviet "sunlight therapy" in the 80s, to create a compelling experience. A video providing highlights is also available.

Corbis has also launched a Twitter contest, which can be entered simply by following Corbis on Twitter and retweeting a message about the contest. Five followers will snag an Olympus EP-1 camera, with one grand prize winner being the beneficiary of a trip to France to tour Corbis’ Sygma preservation facility, which it opened in May of this year to manage this collection of historically-significant shots spanning 50 years.