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AP and Corbis team up for ‘unprecedented’ collection of photos

By Lynn Herrmann     Sep 1, 2011 in Entertainment
New York - Calling it the “most compelling” collection of photographic images available today, Corbis Images and the Associated Press have announced an alliance of global imaging, making available to its customers more than 10 million images.
Corbis Images and the Associated Press have combined to offer “unprecedented access” to more than 10 million images, ranging from breaking news, entertainment and sports, and archival and creative images.
“Corbis believes in the future of the media business, and our partnership with The Associated Press marks another major milestone in our company's commitment to providing customers with the most compelling and differentiated content offering in the market today,” said Corbis CEO Gary Shenk, in a company statement. “Corbis now provides not only the broadest selection of breaking news, sports and entertainment content, but an unparalleled collection of archival imagery spanning the entire history of photography.”
Many consider Corbis and the AP as two global leaders in photographic imagery. The Associated Press, headquartered in New York as a not-for-profit cooperative, has received 30 Pulitzer Prizes for its photography. In the merger, AP will provide more than 5 million archival images.
“Putting together AP's award-winning collection of breaking news and other editorial photography with Corbis' extraordinary collection of creative and historical imagery provides a perfect marriage of choice for our customers,” said Tom Curley, AP president and CEO, according to the news release. “It means unprecedented access to the most far-reaching, complete collections available anywhere.”
The alliance relies on some of the strengths of each company. Corbis is a leader in advertising, commercial and archival imagery, while the AP has long been the industry leader in sports and entertainment, breaking news and an archived news photo collection dating back almost a century.
The new collection of images will become available to US customers in early October, and will be available at corbisimages.com and apimages.com.
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