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The Stock Asylum closes and donates archives to Stock Artists Alliance


The Stock Asylum closes and donates archives to Stock Artists Alliance

The Stock Asylum closes and donates archives to Stock Artists Alliance

The Stock Asylum, a stock photography news and information site covering the Stock Photography Industry has announced that it is closing its doors on April 6th. Ron Rovtar the founder and primary author of the site broke the news today stating ?After much soul-searching (and more than a few sleepless nights) I have decided it is time to tackle new endeavors that will make it impossible to devote the required amount of effort to a website like The Stock Asylum?. Rather than simply shut down the site Rovtar has arranged to donate its archives of valuable stock industry reporting, analysis and resources to the Stock Artists Alliance (SAA).

Last September Rovtar migrated to a subscription based business where readers were asked to pay an annual subscription of $35.00 and Rovtar states that subscribers will be refunded an appropriate percentage of their initial subscription fee. Additionally, a few advertisers had purchased space beyond the April 6 ending date who will also be refunded an appropriate percentage.

SAA Executive Director Betsy Reid states, ?Ron Rovtar, the voice behind The Stock Asylum, has served as an invaluable resource to stock industry professionals over the past four years. We will no doubt miss Ron?s intrepid reporting and keen analysis, urging photographers and distributors to think beyond the headlines and to challenge industry norms.?

?SAA has done an excellent job of bringing some order and balance to the stock photography industry during a difficult and often painful period,? said Rovtar. ?I believe we soon will emerge from this period and that SAA will play a critical role in helping shape a new and stronger industry for the benefit of photographers, distributors and image users alike. I can only hope these archives will play a small part in this process. I thank SAA for keeping five years of work alive on the organization?s new website.?

Web: www.stockasylum.com - www.stockartistsalliance.org
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