CamFind lands $4.8M funding – expands mobile image recognition and visual search technology

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There are a few technology companies investing and improving the image recognition and visual search arena – PAN is watching a few and I am sure our photo agency/library readers will have been contacted or are indeed trialing the service …if you are not need to – One developer is CamFind a Los Angeles-based tech company founded in 2012 by Brad Folkens and Dominik Mazur. Their mission is ‘to deliver the most superior visual search solution to people around the world, and to become the global leader in image recognition and mobile visual search.’ CamFind has recently raised $4.8M in seed and bridge round funding and launched its public API, CloudSight. The visual search API is a search tool that analyzes photos, rather than text, and returns relevant Web information to the user. The API is designed to be accessible and easy for developers and companies to integrate with many other devices and platforms.
They say: ‘Imagine you are at the supermarket and want to cook something with parsley. You take a photo of the parsley with CamFind’s visual search technology and instantly get all the info you need off of the Web – including images, nutritional information, recipes, pricing, and more. Now with the API being publicly available, any app can integrate visual search technology. CamFind’s technology is already being utilized by over 750 companies, including international marketing agencies and app developers among many other different industries. The company is also currently working with the five of the top ten North American retailers and three of the five most popular cell phone manufacturers.
The technology is available for developers and companies alike. CamFind currently has 11 pending patents on its technology. The API is functional, accessible, and saves companies time and money by removing the need for them to build similar technology from scratch. A company can also add visual search to its app and create a more gratifying user experience for its customers.’
“We wanted to literally and figuratively give developers the gift of ‘sight,’ meaning we would provide the visual search technology,” says CamFind co-founder and CEO Dominik Mazur. “We also want developers to use their imaginations to create new and exciting possibilities for devices.”

Dominik wrote to me (after I dropped a note asking to be on the CamFind press release announcements) Hi Will, “I assume a lot of stock photo site owners read your industry news. It’s a perfect match because we developed the most accurate image recognition commercially available that can help them assign keywords/meta-data to their images making them searchable.”
• If you want to explore the next level of meta data in your image collection I can put you in touch with Dominik directly – email me or contact them through the website – I am not on commission with them ..yet!

• Another image search ‘explorer’ I am watching is Cortexica – dropped them an email …nothing back yet but worth keeping up with their developments if you can.

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People: Melissa LeBoeuf joins OTTO – Licensing Agent

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Architectural and design photography agency OTTO is pleased to announce Melissa LeBoeuf has joined the agency – She will be the new Licensing Agent for OTTO and will be working directly with clients and photographers within the agency. Melissa recently worked as Creative Manager for the Home division of Gilt. Prior to this, she was a photo editor at ELLE Decor and an associate photo editor at ELLE. Her past experience also includes working as a studio manager for Eddie Adams and Bathhouse Studios.

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Bloomberg: ‘Getty Images is running tight on cash’

Not a good ride for Getty Images at the moment, Bloomberg have been upping their coverage this week…

Bloomberg Business reports: ‘Getty Images Inc. burned through a third of its cash in the last three months of 2014 as declining earnings limit the Carlyle Group LP-controlled photo archiver’s ability to invest and curb its access to credit, according to two people with knowledge of the company’s finances’. Full report:

..the same reporter at Bloomberg, Laura J Keller, reports Getty Images’ Outlook Blurs as Photo Rivalry Triggers Price War

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Read: ‘The Bookshop that Floated Away’ – Ex WENN staffer opens a book shop on a barge …floats away

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A slight change from our usual photo packed reads here – The Bookshop that Floated Away, a wonderful book by Sarah Henshaw who worked at London based celebrity photo agency WENN – “I worked there straight after uni, in 2005, for about 18 months” – in which she records her first year aboard The Book Barge a book shop she opened and floated through the canals of the UK. Now moored back at it’s home in Barton-under-Needwood I am hoping to encourage Sarah to bring the book shop back to Kings Place (it’s in the book) during our fotofringe Event …will let you know if she makes the trip. – no pressure Sarah ;-)
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↑ above the The Book Barge and the author Sarah – Order your copy here

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New site: Media Storehouse – Partner libraries get your upgrade

Screen-to-print expert Media Storehouse launched a new look website this week. The new design promises better users experience and the full range of products more easily discoverable.
• MSH existing partner photo libraries wanting to upgrade their print store site to the new format should get in touch.

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Play: Paparazzi on the PS4

these two enjoyed it! …if you do, let me know how it was …

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FOCAL International Award for Lifetime Achievement – Raye Farr

Raye Farr, former Director of the Steven Spielberg Film And Video Archive and of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Permanent Exhibition, is to receive the FOCAL International Award for Lifetime Achievement on 21st May in London. Detail

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License ready: 3000 infographics – English and Spanish text

Barcelona based photo library Album have uploaded a collection 3000 infographics with texts in English and Spanish.
They say: ‘All infographics are provided as standard editable files and are now accasible in our website .You can access our infographics catalogue as well.’ View and license infogaphics

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Launched: CEPIC Stock Photographer of the Year Award

The winner will receive 3.000 Euros and a title of CEPIC Stock Photographer of the Year. Detail

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Registration Open: fotofringe London 23 April – the best photo libraries in one venue

Meet and the best photo libraries and agencies from around the globe all in one place for one day! What could be easier? Book the date now Registration for image buyers is OPEN

fotofringe London is the UK’s single most important image event for the image licensing market – and 25% of our exhibitors also license footage.
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Our 5th annual networking day takes place on 23 April 2015, at the award-winning Kings Place arts centre in central London, just round the corner from Kings Cross / St Pancras station and Eurostar, and within easy reach of London Heathrow, Stansted and Luton airports via the London Underground, rail services, and Heathrow Express.
• fotofringe London Exhibitors who offer both stills & footage include: 123RF; Arcangel; Alamy; Allstar Picture Library; Bridgeman; Corbis; Deposit Photos; Getty; Mirrorpix; National Maritime Museum; Natural History Museum (limited); Nature Picture Library; News Syndication; Oxford University Images; PPL; Rex; Robert Harding; Science & Society; V&A Images; WENN.
• NEW: first time exhibitors to meet in 2015 include: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Historic Royal Palaces; Seasons.
• Image agencies exhibiting include: 123rf; 4Corners Images; Action Images; Advertising Archives; akg-images; Alamy; Allstar Picture Library; Arcaid; Arcangel; Arctic Photo; Ardea; ArenaPAL performing arts library; Art Archive; Ashmolean Museum; AWL Images; Bridgeman Art Library; British Library Images Online; British Museum; Camera Press; Cartel Photos; Cody Images; Corbis; Creative Image Library; Deposit Photos; Ewa Stock; EyeUbiquitous; FLPA; fotoLibra; GalleryStock; Getty Images, Heritage Images; Historic Royal Palaces; Homer Sykes’ My British Archive; IDS; Ikon Images; Image Source; John Birdsall Photo Library; LAT Photographic; Lebrecht; Living4Media; Magnum; Mary Evans Picture Library; Mirrorpix; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; National Museum of Wales; National Portrait Gallery; Natural History Museum; Nature Picture Library; News Syndication; Oxford University Images; Photofusion; plain picture; PPL; Press Association; Réunion des Musées Nationaux (France); Rex Features; Robert Harding; Ronald Grant Archive; Rossiya Segodnya (formerly RIA Novosti); Royal Armouries; Royal Museums Greenwich (National Maritime Museum, Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark, The Queen’s House); Scala Archives; Seasons; Science & Society; Science Photo Library; Shutterstock; Sonia Halliday Photo Library; Steve Bloom Images; Stockfood; Stocktrec; Superstock; Tate Images; Time Inc;; V&A Images; VIEW pictures; Wellcome Images; WENN; Werner Forman; Writer Pictures.
Registration for image buyers is OPEN is Media Partner to fotofringe London
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Event: PICTAday 23 April – picture buyers and suppliers fair – Hamburg

The preparations for the picture buyers and suppliers fair PICTAday on 23 April 2015 are in full swing. Event organiser, German photo trade association BVPA,is looking forward to welcome exhibitors and clients back to the 2013 event location.
56 BVPA members have already registered and the now the invite to exhibit is open to non-members to reserve their table on this year’s event.
The organisers have set themselves ambitious targets: they want to top the figure of 500 visitors from last year’s show in Munich.
• Only professional picture buyers (publishers, advertising agencies, art buyers and company communication) will be invited as visitors.
• Throughout the day, exhibitors and visitors will be regaled with a high quality buffet, with drinks.

Also on April 23 in London is the fotofringe event for picture buyers and the stock photo industry.

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age fotostock launches smartphone image collection – “It is easy to contribute, do you dare?”

Stock photo agency age Fotostock who released a new look site a couple of weeks ago have today launched a mobile photo page: “We have created a smartphone image collection: SnapMobilefoto. They say: “It is easy to contribute, do you dare?”

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Timeline Images – Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper historical photo community now available RF/RM

This in from PAN reader Franz at Timeline Images
Hi Will.
we wanted to inform picturemaxx media buyers about the new portfolio of Timeline Images (the historical photocommunity of the newspaper Sueddeutsche Zeitung, consisting of authentic historical pictures from private collections) in i-picturemaxx and two different ways of licensing our images (basically RF or RM).

↑ You can either download our images in a certain size/resolution for (editorial!) use for a licensing period of one year and pay fixed charges (see table below) OR you can download high-resolution images and tell us the details of your use (magazine/newspaper/book etc., number of copies, image size) that we need to name the price. In case of the latter, we also look forward to arrange individual fixed prices with you.
Please note that you need our written consent in advance of any commercial use.

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Wanted: Freelance Picture Editor – 2 weeks cover – to manage catalogue post-shoot prep – London

This in from a PAN reader looking for a Freelance Picture Editor for a 2 week cover:

Hi Will, I’m looking for some freelance cover in early April for a couple of weeks.
Manage photography post shoot for a large catalogue including editing, client approval & releasing to repro.
Attention to detail a must & excellent knowledge of photoshop, bridge, indesign & DAM’s essential.
The work is with a magazine publisher and based in Shoreditch, London

• If you are free through April drop me a line – – and I will send your mail on.

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