Yesterday we looked at the new issue of Picnic, a publication of loosely connected stock images. Today, we look at a magazine that explores what could become more prevalent than traditional stock imagery in the future: photographs bought from photo sharing communities that also function as marketplaces.
Berlin-based start-up EyeEm has exactly this business model: pictures that users upload on a platform similar to Instagram are sold through companies like gettyimages. The profit is then split between the start-up and the person who shot the image. The company’s brand magazine, also called EyeEm, presents a selection of photographs taken by users in each issue. It boldly defines itself as a publication ‘of real photography’.
The latest issue continues to be bold in the way that it describes itself. EyeEm Volume IV is ‘the world’s first magazine curated by a machine using