“Fake People Suck” — now that’s a tagline. In 2009 D
avid Katzenstein and Sherrie Nickol began a fine arts project that involved asking people off the street to come to their studio and photographing them against a white background. The idea was to capture the striking diversity that’s commonplace in New York. But after photographing about 50 people — and due also to a steady drop in commissions from commercial and corporate projects — they realized the potential the project had as a commercial venture.
Thus was born Citizen Stock. Since then the project has increased in size dramatically, based entirely on the aforementioned tagline and the accurate assumption that the majority of successful stock photography involves people. The advantage Citizen Stock has over other studios is that their subjects aren’t models. Some are kids, some are grandparents, and some are even actors from around the city, but none of them are paid unless their image is selected for use.
Could they be scalies?
(via Fake People Suck: Citizen Stock Invites Real People Back Into Stock Photos)