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Stock photography is the supply of photographs , which are often licensed for specific uses. The stock photo industry , which began to gain hold in the 1920s , has established models including traditional macrostock photography , midstock photography , and microstock photography . Conventional stock agencies charge from several hundred to several thousand American dollars per image , while microstock photography may sell for around USD 25 cents. Professional stock photographers traditionally place their images with one or more stock agencies on a contractual basis, while stock agencies may accept the high-quality photos of amateur photographers through online submission. Themes for stock photos are diverse, although Megan Garber of The Atlantic wrote in 2012 that "one of the more wacky/wondrous elements of stock photos is the manner in which, as a genre, they've developed a unifying editorial sensibility. To see a stock image is... to know you're seeing a stock image ." Historically notable traditional stock photo agencies have included RobertStock, the Bettman Archive in New York , and the Hulton Archive in the United Kingdom among many others. In the 1990s companies such as Photodisc in Seattle , Washington began selling CD ROMs with packs of images, pioneering the royalty free licensing system at a time when rights managed licensing was the norm in the stock industry . There was a great amount of consolidation among stock photo agencies between 1990 and the mid-2000s, particularly through Corbis and Getty Images . The early microstock company iStockphoto was founded in May 2000 , followed by companies such as Dreamstime, fotoLibra, Can Stock Photo , Shutterstock , and Fotolia .