Four Corners

Saturday, 12 September 2009

Giving things away.

The following are the ongoing notes from a live experiment trialing an adaptation of Cory Doctorow's business practices as a successful Science Fiction author.
I'm a freelance editorial photographer. Which broadly means that I charge a creative fee for my photographic services, the product of which the client is entitled to use, exclusively (called an embargo period), before I then syndicate it, and the rest of the pictures made at the shoot. As such my current business model revolves around my ownership of the copyright of my images and trading the licensing rights thereof. I represent myself and so pay no commission on my fees to an agent on the initial creative fee (though those fees seldom cover the cost of the shoot), however, when syndicated through Corbis Outline, I pay a minimum of 50% if they re-sell it, and 50% of my fee again if one of their agents sells it for them. I also produce self directed projects which I exhibit, and my work is collected by the National Portrait Gallery in London,UK. My total monthly income from archive sales are approx £150 GBP. I also sell my work directly and independently.

Cory Doctorow ( is a science fiction author, activist, journalist and blogger -- the co-editor of Boing Boing ( and the author of the bestselling Tor Teens/HarperCollins UK novel LITTLE BROTHER. He is the former European director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and co-founded the UK Open Rights Group. Born in Toronto, Canada, he now lives in London.
.....His novels are published by Tor Books and HarperCollins UK and simultaneously released on the Internet under Creative Commons licenses that encourage their re-use and sharing, a move that increases his sales by enlisting his readers to help promote his work. He has won the Locus and Sunburst Awards, and been nominated for the Hugo, Nebula and British Science Fiction Awards.

3rd September,2009
Portrait session time 90 mins.
Travel cost : £40
Food : £20
Film : £15
Processing dev. only : £9
Broken equipment during session (sync cable) : £30
Time spent: 1 day

Low res. scanning : In house
High res. scanning : In house
Post production : In house
Time spent : 1/2 day

Photographs delivered to subject all CC licensed and simultaneously uploaded to
Time spent : 1hr

Image annotated by subject and passed to subject's community via Flickr.

Image views as of 12th September 2009 via
Flickr; 2,297
Image views as of 15th September,2009 via Flickr; 2,918
Image views as of 22nd September,2009 via Flickr; 4,103
Image views as of 13th October,2009 via Flickr; 5,436
Income; £0.00
(Directly perceivable) indirect income ; £0.00

There's a bunch happening will write up soon.




  1. thepublicdomainCheck out @jDubbyah -- pics of @doctorow & cool experiment with @creativecommons Anyone need great photographer?

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  4. PopSciGuyThis is really cool. #flickr #photography RT @jDubbyah see how Cory @doctorow: annotated his office and it's #FREE !

  5. NOSFnetRT: @doctorow: My office awesomesauce, annotated (thanks, @jdubbyah!)

  6. efindleyI just think this is awesome RT @doctorow My office awesomesauce, annotated (thanks, @jdubbyah!)

  7. InstantWebCory Doctorow: My office awesomesauce, annotated (thanks, @jdubbyah!)

  8. EZF_TopAuthorsRT @doctorow: My office awesomesauce, annotated (thanks, @jdubbyah!)

  9. ember_case(EC-Love office pics ) RT @doctorow: My office awesomesauce, annotated (thanks, @jdubbyah!)

  10. EZF_TopAuthorsRT @doctorow: Three amazing portraits by @jdubbyah PM Sep 10th from API

  11. doctorowMy office awesomesauce, annotated (thanks, @jdubbyah!) PM Sep 10th from web

  12. doctorowThree amazing portraits by @jdubbyah