Stock photography refers to the process of generating photographs that were originally not taken to suit a specific customer’s demands, but to become part of a collection or database and available to be sold or rented to the final customer. In stock photography, the image already exists at the time that the customer requests it. In stock photography, the photographer retains physical or legal property of the photograph, i.e. the photographer remains the copyright holder. According to Frosh (2008), stock photography also refers to the industry that creates, promotes, and distributes these images for later use.
- Kalazić Z, Jasna H, Josipa M. The stock photography as a part of cultural and creative industries of the digital age. Interdisciplinary Management Research, Croatia. 2015.
- Frosh P. Stock photography. The International Encyclopedia of Communication. 2008.