In whichb Eve is driven mad by stock-photo companies

You might remember how in the recent past, certain stock-photo companies I’ve dealt with have either a) shipped their photos off toa coal mine in Pennsylvania, making them unavailable, or, b) digitized 1/10 of their collection and made the other 90% unavailable.

Well, I just e’d a wonderful college collection I’ve used in my other books, about an actress I am thinking of doing my next book on. Here’s the reply I just got: “Thank you for your inquiry regarding the [actress] images we have here in the Performing Arts Collection. We have more than 25 photographic images of her in our Theater Biography Collection. Unfortunately, we are unable to xerox photographs for research anymore, for conservation reasons. Given the amount of images we have, do you have an idea, of photos that you may have seen, how many of these photographs do you wish to have copies of?”

Whaaaa? “We can’t tell you what photos we have . . . Let us know which ones you want?”

Why can’t they just send you a digital picture with the word “SAMPLE” written over it in big letters. That is odd.

Otherwise, just look around for photos of the actress yourself and send the ones you want to them to see if they’re available.

One last idea: Have them send you all of the photos of the actress and send back whichever ones you don’t use.

<Picture Nazi> No pictures for you! </Picture Nazi>

Sorry, it’s just the first thing I thought of.

Thats easy - they asked:

you answer:

All of them


Or, None of the ones you have, I want the other ones.

You know, the one with her in that dress, where she’s smiling? Have you got that? How about that one with her and the goat? Do you have that? No? How 'bout you just go screw one then, okay?