Corbis features 41 photos of the Vancouver Compost Demonstration garden run by City Farmer
City Farmer garden photos by Monalyn Gracia of Corbis Corporation
Earlier this year Corbis Corporation, the famous stock photography company, came to shoot at the Vancouver Compost Demonstration Garden for a series of shots on ‘sustainability’. Forty-one of those images are now on-line for sale. They feature shots of City Farmer’s roof garden, mason bee box, organic food garden, worm and backyard compost bins, and shiitake mushrooms.
Corbis Corporation is an American company, based in Seattle, Washington, that sells and otherwise distributes photography and film footage and related rights. It has a collection of more than 100 million images and a footage library. Corbis is privately owned by Bill Gates, who founded the company in 1989 under the name Interactive Home Systems (a name currently held by an unrelated, slightly older company based in Concord, Massachusetts).
One major reason for starting the company was Gates’s belief that people would someday decorate their homes with a revolving display of digital artwork using digital frames. The company’s name was changed to Continuum Productions in 1994 and to Corbis Corporation a year later. “Corbis” is Latin for “wicker basket”, which at the time referred to the company’s emerging view of itself as a receptacle or storehouse for visual media. Its Bettmann Archive (acquired in 1995) is stored 220 feet underground in a refrigerated cave in the Iron Mountain storage facility.
Corbis is a creative resource for advertising, marketing and media professionals, providing a comprehensive selection of photography, illustration, footage, typefaces and rights clearance services. Through its branded web sites Corbis, Corbis Motion, Veer and GreenLight, the company helps the creative community make distinctive advertising and publishing for the Internet, magazines, newspapers, books, television and films. Corbis is based in Seattle, with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia that serve more than 50 countries.