Alan Capel

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Chief Commercial Officer at Alamy

Alan Capel has worked in the Photography Industry for over 25 years. Whilst working as a freelance cartoonist he stumbled across the world of stock and, except for a brief sojourn trying to sell expensive photographic art on the internet, has been here ever since. Alan started as a picture researcher at Tony Stone Images, the company then became Getty Images and he held a number of senior positions as the company shifted from analogue to digital. Alan joined Alamy shortly after its inception in 2000 and as Chief Commercial Officer is responsible for Alamy’s images and the recruitment and management of the contributors who provide them. The site has over 100 million stock, news and historical pictures from over 40,000 photographers and over 600 picture agencies. He developed Alamy’s strategy for social media and was most recently responsible for their mobile phone app ‘Stockimo’. He is a regular speaker at Photography industry events and undertakes talks to students, opening their eyes to the possibilities and pitfalls that await them in ‘the real world’. He is a published photographer but much prefers drawing to taking pictures and has co-authored four cartoon books. He is a lapsed ornithologist and has held a fascination with Birds of Prey since childhood.

Rob Read