About Kordco Images Stock Photography

Who we are, and what we do.

Our Company - US based, offered worldwide
Located in Pennsylvania, USA, Kordco Images is a worldwide provider of mainstream illustrative stock still and motion imagery of broad commercial appeal. We supply clients in the visual communications industries with premium off the shelf photography solutions through a network of large stock libraries and small specialist collections in over 100 countries.

Our Mission - Offer Not Too Creative Imagery of the finest quality, at the lowest price.
We strive to keep our clients happy by distributing relevant, hard to access and duplicate visuals, made at the most beautiful moments. Our distributors always offer the most competitive prices. So you always enjoy great value. We know you buy content for a purpose, and with all the choices available, you only want to pay for the very best.

Our Brands - Gala + Johnny Stockshooter + Russell Kord + Royale + kordMotion.
Since 1987, Gala Images, Johnny Stockshooter, Russell Kord Photographics, (Rights Managed - RM) stock photography. Since 2005, Royale, (Royalty Free - RF) stock photography. Since 2012, kordMotion, (Rights Managed - RM) HD/UHD stock video. Why different brand names? It's a legacy from when distributors demanded exclusive images.

Our Content - Global travel. Stills + Video.
Relevant imagery tailored to your needs - to grab attention in a millisecond, and hold it.
Stills: Establishing shot travel and scenic destination imagery, from 70+ countries. Small selection of industrial, transportation and commercial subjects. Limited selection of still life, current model released lifestyle and business imagery.
Motion: Establishing shot travel and scenic destination HD and 4K UHD real time and time-lapse video clips, from North American destinations.

Our Creators - Russell Kord + Maria de Kord. Russell and Maria supply all Kordco content. Both began working in the film era when retouching was expensive and images had to look great, right out of the camera. In a challenging and rapidly changing artistic profession, they consistently demonstrate a capability to deliver relevant and compelling imagery that does not disappoint. Both live very private lives.

Our History - Stock agency background
Both founders started work in the 1980s as photo researchers, pulling slides from filing cabinets in some of the world's largest stock photo agencies - Maria in New York City, Russell in London. After a half-decade editing, producing stock agency print catalogs, managing film duplication, directing in-house photo shoots, and liaising with photographers and stock libraries worldwide, they met, married, and opened Kordco Images.

Our Experience & Process - 25 years, professional, global. Decades of worldwide location experience, premium cameras and optics, cutting edge technology, combined with no-compromise edits assures the technical excellence of our visuals.

Our High-resolution standards - Top quality. Bigger than big.
The stunning impact of high pixel density realism, wide dynamic range, and crystal clear reproduction is undeniable. Kordco content has always been created in the highest overall quality mediums available. Most scans of stills are made from medium format Fujichrome™ film originals, or with large CMOS digital sensors, capable of outstanding reproduction at the largest sizes. Imagery that looks great on banners at tradeshows and in retail environments, and as large prints in art galleries.

All Kordco video is true high definition. Real Time video clips are recorded in Uncompressed 14-bit Raw HD, and we will offer Uncompressed 12-bit Raw 4K UHD shortly. Time-lapse video clips are available in HD and 4K UHD. Video meets BBC/EBU broadcast standard, and is also available in compressed H264 codec for online and mobile applications.

We have supplied clients in very high resolution environments for decades and fully understand the needs of visual merchandisers. With lengthening digital asset lifecycles, choosing high pixel density visuals at the outset is essential for flexibility, continuity, and value.

Our Scans - Clean histograms. No prepress problems.
You always have the widest range of reproduction options available. No sharpening, no added contrast or saturation of colors is applied to our visuals. No images are made using superimposed multi-exposure HDR. Most visuals with moons, mirror reflections, and fireworks are simple computer composites. Graduated lens filters are sometimes used to add or adjust color and darken parts of images. Brightness of web previews depends on your gamma setting; age of monitor, and when you last calibrated your screen.

Our Rights Controls - Decades of trust.
You can be assured that when you licence exclusive rights, they are enforced and honored globally. Our established network of distribution partners have consistently demonstrated their commitment to effective rights management.
Where possible our image captions name identifiable significant third party rights holders, making Content Editors task a little easier.

Our Online Services - See it all + Custom scans + Custom prints. Browsing images on this website is free, and open to all.
No password is necessary. If you choose, you can also login for an account to create and send lightboxes, and to receive updates and offers.

Full Searchable Selection of current Kordco still images - Stills distributors edit our production for their particular needs. This website offers the complete current selection, provides us flexibility to quickly offer the newest and delete the outdated, and offer new upgraded scans. We show many similar frames and clips because client needs differ - calendar companies want images without people; magazines often want the same shot with them. Advertisers need lots of negative space; textbook companies want the subject to fill the frame. We hope you'll find something that's just right. If you find an image here that's not offered by your local distributor, just e-mail us a lightbox. We can quickly provide scans via FTP.

Custom High Resolution Scanning for Special Projects - The compressed 8-bit 60-80mb Jpeg scans we supply stills distributors are great for most uses. However, if you require extraordinary reproduction we can supply high resolution uncompressed Tiffs, or Camera Raw originals. To view selected images at the largest scan sizes, just add your Preview selection to a lightbox, describe your project requirements, and e-mail it to us. We can quickly produce custom high resolution scans, and deliver them via FTP.

Custom Prints -  Producing large prints is among the most demanding areas in photography - every detail and technical error is magnified. The bigger you go, the tougher it gets. Done right, the results are stunning. Many of our stock images are offered as gallery quality photographic prints for home and office. Please feel free to contact us directly with your choice of images to discuss the best print options available.

Our Video. Video clips are available through our stock motion distributors
and at www.kordmotion.com. Over 3000 current establishing shots of North American destinations are available for motion picture, broadcast and online applications.

If you made it this far, well done and thanks - it's a lot to read! We hope you understand the underpinnings of our visuals, and still have energy to view them.

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