Unsplash, the creative brainchild of a Montreal startup Crew, is a unique and fresh take on the stock photo industry. While not fitting strictly into what defines a stock photo service, Unsplash colours over the lines and by so doing, has brought artfulness into this industry. More than just a creative artsy take on stock photography, Unsplash has disrupted the monetisation and use of stock photos.
All images are absolutely free on Unsplash's website and, as they put it, you can 'do whatever you want' with them; no copyrights, no restriction. All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which allows you to copy, distribute, modify and use the photos for free (including for commercial applications), without asking permission from or providing attribution to the actual photographer or Unsplash themselves. You can see some examples of Unsplash photos used in various applications on their 'Made with Unsplash' page.
Unsplash Photo Samples
Just as the Renaissance in Europe was the great revival of arts, I think in much the same way Unsplash, with help from services like Canva, will revive the stock photo industry, bringing it out of its 'dark age' and into a 'modern age' of stock photography.
If you are a photographer, I really want to encourage you to support Unsplash by submitting some of your own work to Unsplash and in so doing, you can be part of this Renaissance. To see my submissions check out my profile. You can also support Unsplash by purchasing, their soon to be published, coffee table book.
Let me know in the comments below what you think about Unsplash and if you agree that a Renaissance is happening in the stock photography industry.